Japan donates USD 5.1 million to Maldives for Economic and Social Development

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmed Khaleel and the Ambassador of Japan to the Maldives Takeuchi Midori | Photo: Foreign Ministry

Malé, Maldives – The Government of Japan has provided grant aid of 650 Million Japanese Yen (approximately 5.1 million USD) to the Government of Maldives to promote economic and social development in the country.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Ahmed Khaleel and the Ambassador of Japan to the Maldives, Her Excellency Takeuchi Midori signed the Exchange of Notes relating to the grant aid, at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today.

This grant aid will be utilised to further strengthen the resources and operational capabilities of the Marine Police and Traffic Police of the Maldives Police Service (MPS) . This includes the provision of marine vessels which will be used in countering terrorism, drug trafficking and other illicit activities in the maritime domain. The grant aid will also be used to procure the modern traffic management equipment for Traffic Police to improve the enforcement of road-side regulations and services to the general public.

Highlighting the generosity of Japanese Government, State Minister thanked the Government of Japan for the grant aid, and emphasised the close and friendly relations that exists between the two countries. He further mentioned that such projects reflect Japan’s continued role as one of the key partners in the Maldives’ development journey.

The signing ceremony was attended by senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maldives Police Service and the officials from the Embassy of Japan.