Addu City, Maldives – Maldives has signed two significant agreements with India earlier tonight.
The agreements signed between both countries are the Peering Agreement for connectivity between the Higher Education Network of Maldives and the National Knowledge Network of India to jointly launch the network, as well as the Memorandum of Understanding for reciprocal recognition of Covid vaccination certificate which would facilitate easier travel between India and Maldives.
The MoU for reciprocal recognition of Covid vaccination between the two countries was signed by Minister of Health Ahmed Naseem on behalf of the Maldives, and the Indian High Commissioner to Maldives HE. Munu Mahawar on behalf of India.
As per this agreement, the Covid certification issued by the Maldives on the www.covidsafe.gov.mv website and the Covid certificate issued via the CoWIN platform of India will be recognised by both countries.
As for the Peering Agreement, the agreement was signed between the National Center for Information Technology (NCIT) of Maldives and the National Informatics Center (NIC) of India, to strengthen the relationship between both countries through information communication technology.
With the agreement being signed by the Foreign Ministers of both countries, an official network between the Higher Education Network of Maldives and the National Knowledge Network of India was launched.
In addition to this, an MoU is scheduled to be signed between the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy of Indian and Maldives Police Service, for both countries to work hand in hand in the field of building people and strengthening relationships.
These agreements are signed during the official visit of the Minister of External Affairs of India Dr. S. Jaishankar to Addu, in response to an invitation extended by Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid.