"" Welcome to my thoughts: September 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Big really better! - Samsung vs Apple

Photo Credit: Ron
When Samsung came up with bigger screen phone, Apple immediately defended their stance on smaller screen. In fact, Steve Jobs, then CEO of Apple said on Apple developers’ conference that they never produce any headphone which the customers unable to reach any corner of the device by customers thumb when they use it in one hand.
Not more than 4 years, today Apple has introduced 5.5 inch iPhone 6. Apple also came up with iWatch as an extension to Apple family. Again, Samsung introduced its first Samsung watch 2 years back, and Nike, Navman introduced similar sort of "Health conscious" product years back.
 It's worth noting that Apple is years behind Samsung in offering larger screen sizes, something that may explain the company's lagging sales numbers, compared with Android devices, many of which have larger screens. So why does Apple seem to be so far behind the curve?
Part of the answer, of course, is that Apple only really launches one phone a year most years. Last year, it was the iPhone 5S, which was physically little different from the previous iPhone 5. It's hard to keep up with the light-speed changes in the phone industry when it takes a company a year to make a substantive change.
Apple's arch-rival Samsung, on the other hand, seems to have an inexhaustible supply of new phone types and launches them to fill any conceivable, and some inconceivable product niches.

But it could also be due to Apple's established culture of doing only what the company believes it needs to do, regardless of what customers may indicate what they want. The concept of limiting customer input into the design of Apple products was part of the legacy of Steve Jobs, who fostered the idea that Apple knew best.


Monday, September 8, 2014

The great Nasira Abdulla 1956 - 2014

Nasira Abdulla or known as “Moya Narsia”, is the most iconic female street walker in the capital of Male’. It was surprised to know that she passed away this morning – May Allah grant her eternal paradise bless her soul. The news of her death was the almost viral new in social media today. The news was originally covered on Haveeru Online. The way it was covered was critizsed by many netzien “The begger, Nasira Passed away”, however, later the contents were edited.

credit: Hasan Hilmy
I found many sympathy messages, and status updates. It shows the connection, love and respect she has gained in our society. Once she appeared in Asters Advertisement with great "Foyy vikkaa meehaa" - Another great hero. Many people remember her as a funny, scary, random and obviously hardworking, and someone make living on her own.

Sometimes back a Hulhevi Media capture her story in their documentary. In it she mentioned that she was abused, molest, and sexually harassed several times. She loves to be loved, and get people’s attention. 


Sunday, September 7, 2014

What is Special Economic Zone?

Special economic zone or SEZ is a geographical area where the economic activities take place within the country’s national boarder with special license. In these zones business and trade laws that differ from the rest of the country. The concept of SEZ emerged just after the industrialization. The first recoded economic zone was created in Puerto Rico in 1947, followed by Island and Taiwan in 1960, One of the most famous SEZs was founded by the government of the People's Republic of China under Deng Xiaoping in the early 1980s. The most successful SEZ in China is in Shenzhen. Following this example, SEZs have been established in several countries, including Brazil, India, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine.

The category 'SEZ' covers a broad range of more specific zone types, including Free Trade Zones (FTZ), Export Processing Zones (EPZ), Free Zones (FZ), Industrial Estates (IE), Free Ports, Urban Enterprise Zones and others. Usually the goal of a structure is to increase foreign direct investment by foreign investors, typically an international business or a multinational corporation (MNC). Generation of additional economic activities, Development of infrastructure facilities, promotion of exports of goods and services, and creation of employment opportunities. It is estimated that around 52 million people secured their jobs in SEZs, and roughly US $ 600 billion worth of exports are channeling through various SEZs around the world.

It is known fact that not all the economic zones are successful. There are over 3570 economic zones established in 132 countries around the world, among them 14% of the zones are failed projects. The reasons why these zones are unable to fulfill its purpose is due to various political influence.  
Since SEZ is governed by a special act, most of these acts facilitates; 
  • Tax concessions for both development and utilities,
  • Simplified compliance procedures and documentation with an emphasis on self-clarification
  • Single window clearance on matters relating to central as well as state government for setting up units in a SEZ
  • Assurance of investment security by the state


The concept of SEZ act is one of the most criticized act in recent years, it was on the discussion table in the past decades, specially in 2007 when Hon Gasim Ibrahim was Minister of Finance.  Special Economic Zone came to light in its full swing under the leadership of Yamin Abdul Gayyoon. The flagship project “iHaven” is one of the most dramatic projects ever to be taken place in Maldives. The project is comprised of many components such as International Airport, Export Processing Zone, Tran-shipment Port, Bunkering Facility, Dry Dockyard etc.