EMBASSY NEWS

Over three hundred foreign dignitaries from forty six countries are expected to attend the Official Inauguration Ceremony of the President and the Vice President of the Maldives. The inauguration ceremony will be held on Saturday, 17 November 2018 in the National Stadium in Male’.

Among the high-level dignitaries attending the ceremony include the Prime Minister of India, H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi, who is scheduled to arrive in the Maldives on the day of the inauguration ceremony. This will be the first visit of Prime Minister Modi to the Maldives.

Some of the high-level dignitaries expected to attend the ceremony are;

- H.E. Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Former Head of State of Sri Lanka
- His Royal Highness Prince Dr. Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdul Aziz Alsaud, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Alsaud of Saudi Arabia 
- His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Son of the Crown Prince of the UAE
- H.E. Mr. Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan
- Hon. Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka
- Hon. Faiszer Mustapha, Minister of Provincial Councils, Local Government and Sports of Sri Lanka
- H.E. Dr. Riad Malki, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the State of Palestine
- H.E. Mr Luo Shugang, Minister of Culture and Tourism as Special Envoy of the President of China
- Hon. Mr. Wataru Takeshita, Member of House of Representatives of Japan as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Japan
- Her Excellency Mounia Boucetta, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation as Special Envoy of the King of Morocco
- H.E. Mr. Mohamed Afif, Secretary of State Cabinet Affairs of Seychelles
- H.E. Mr. Yavuz Selim Kiran, Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkey, as Special Envoy of the President of Turkey
- Ambassador Zoran Vujic, Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Special Envoy of the President of Serbia
- Mr. Jean-Christophe Belliard, Deputy Secretary-General of the European Union External Action Service
- Mr. Martin Chungong, Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union
- H.E. Mr. Amjad Hussain B. Sial, Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation

In addition, several Ambassadors, senior government officials and business leaders from different countries are expected to attend the ceremony.

During their visit, several dignitaries will be paying Courtesy Calls on the President and are expected to attend an Official Reception, to be held in Kurumba Maldives on 17 November 2018.

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Reference to Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://foreign.gov.mv/index.php/en/

Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) in association with Red Bull have launched the 2nd Edition of the Adventures of Maldives (Dhivehi Aahitha) Facebook Video Competition today. Adventures of Maldives is co-sponsored by Euro Store and Tech Street.

The Adventures of Maldives (Dhivehi Aahitha) is a co-promotional marketing activity that was initiated in 2017, aimed at showcasing personally shot video stories of locals and tourists engaging in adventurous activities in Maldives which will have positive promotional value to the Maldives as a tourism destination. Adventures of Maldives has been defined as conventional adventure related activities in the Maldives such as scuba diving, island excursions, festivals, free diving, surfing, snorkeling, watersports, etc. and also as unconventional adventure related activities in the Maldives.

The winners of this competition is set to receive over MVR 120,000 as prize money. The top 10 videos selected after judging will also be featured on the official YouTube channel of MMPRC (Visit Maldives) and promoted on other social and online media channels of MMPRC (Visit Maldives) as well as International Travel and Trade Fairs.

The Adventures of Maldives Facebook Competition 2017 held in October /November 2017 received a total of 46 videos. The Competition received immense popularity on Facebook, receiving over 80k views for the most watched video. The videos that received the most likes / views were shortlisted and judged by an independent panel who selected the winner and the top 10 videos of the competition, where the top finalist received a total of MVR 100,000 as prize money. 
The videos can be submitted through www.visitmaldives.com/adventures from the 26th of October 2018 till 2pm of the 26th of November 2018. The voting period will take place from the 28th of November 2018 till 2pm of the 4th of December 2018. The judging process will take place from the 10th – 12th of December 2018 and the prizes will be disseminated to the winners during the second week of December 2018.


Reference to MMPRC news: https://visitmaldives.com/submit-your-1-minute-videos-for-adventures-of-maldives-and-stand-a-chance-to-win-mvr-120000/

 

August 9, 2018

The Ambassador of Maldives to Japan H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Uvais attended and addressed the Wave Energy Project Reporting Session organized by Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST).

Experiments for the project began in May this year at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma at South Male Atoll, Maldives in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of Maldives and the Government of the Maldives. The goal of the project is to harness wave energy using affordable turbines situated at the shoreline surf. OIST Professor Tsumoru Shintake’s goal of his “wave energy converter” is to overcome the limitations of the current designs which are expensive and has numerous shortcomings.

Currently the tests are being conducted through two mini-turbines. Before the year ends, they will be replaced by full-scale prototype models and within two years, provide energy for at least a third of the island.

In his speech, the Ambassador highlighted the importance of the experiment to find a renewable form of energy that is affordable and reliable to replace the Maldives’ dependency on fossil fuels. With Maldives as a symbol of climate change, the Ambassador expressed his hope that if the experiment is successful, wave energy will pave the path for the country to lead the rest of the world by example in creating a sustainable future.

 

August 9, 2018

The Ambassador of Maldives to Japan H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Uvais attended the 73rd Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony held in Peace Park in Nagasaki City, along with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and representatives of 71 nations. 

In the ceremony held in front of Peace Statue, flowers were offered and a Peace Declaration was made by the Mayor Tomihisa Taue, followed by a chorus performance by school children. Matching the time that the atomic bomb was dropped at 11:02 AM, there was silence as everyone attending offered their prayers for the realization of everlasting world peace.

 

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