23 October 2019, Ref: 2019-839

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has discussed promoting renewable energy technologies in the Maldives during a meeting with Kohei Yamashita, Chief Executive Officer of Kokyo Tatemono Company Ltd, and Professor Tsumoru Shintake from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST). The meeting was held this morning, on the sidelines of the President’s official visit to Japan. 

Discussions at the meeting focused on expanding the pilot project to harness electricity from surf waves jointly carried out by Kokyo, OIST and the Maldives’ Ministry of Environment. The innovative technology is currently being tested in Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives. 

During the meeting, Professor Tsumoru extended an invitation for Maldivian postgraduate students to undertake higher education and doctorate students to assume research at OIST. Speaking in this regard, President Solih highlighted the importance of exposure and experience for Maldivians in research on renewable energy technologies and thanked Professor Shintake and OIST for the offer. 

He further assured the administration’s continued support for the pilot project in Kandooma and noted the practicality and significance of sustainable and renewable energy technological solutions for the Maldives. 

Source: The President's Office

23 October 2019, Ref: 2019-838

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has today met with Mr Shinichi Kitaoka, President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The meeting took place today on the sidelines of the President’s Official Visit to Japan to promote bilateral ties and attend the enthronement of new Japanese monarch, His Majesty Emperor Naruhito.

Discussions during the meeting touched upon several subjects such as the close kindred relationship that has existed for generations between the Maldives and Japan, and the similarities between the two countries that can be successfully utilised to create mutually beneficial solutions to parallel problems such as the effects of climate change. Mr Kitaoka noted that both Maldives and Japan are disaster-prone nations due to being island countries. President Solih discussed the project on ‘Building Climate Resilient Safer Islands in the Maldives’ and the installation of the new Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting (ISDB-T) system to allow for more efficient disaster prevention and e-learning, especially within the outer islands of the Maldives.

Mr Kitaoka also noted that as Maldives and Japan are both island nations within the same region, interests are closely aligned. He mentioned that Japan’s development policy, similar to the Maldives, relies on the freedom of the seas. He also noted the strong people-to-people contact that continues to exist between Japan and Maldives.

President Solih also expressed gratitude from himself and the Maldivian people for the generous assistance and support JICA has extended to the Maldives over the years, noting that JICA has been instrumental in cultivating the strong bond that exists between the two countries. He also thanked Mr Kitaoka for JICA’s assistance with formulating the ‘Master Plan for Sustainable Fisheries’ in the Maldives, and for the training and exposure opportunities provided to Maldivian youth under the Japan-East Asia Network of Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme.

Source: The President's Office

23 October 2019, Ref: 2019-837

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has met Yoshihiro Kido, the President of Yamaki Co. Ltd, and discussed investment avenues in the fisheries sector. The meeting was held on the sidelines of his official visit to Japan to attend the enthronement of His Majesty Emperor Naruhito. 

Katsuro Kido, the Director and Senior Executive Corporate Officer of Yamaki Co. Ltd, accompanied Yoshihiro at the meeting. The company manufactures and sells seasonings, dry seafood, and processed seafood. Yours Maldivian Addu Katsuobushi Pvt Ltd (YMAK) is a subsidiary of Yamaki Co. Ltd—which is an important investment partner and presently Japan’s most significant Foreign Direct Investment in the Maldives. 

The factory in Hithadhoo Ward of Addu City annually produces about 200 tonnes of skipjack tuna worth ‘Katsuobushi’—dried, fermented, and smoked skipjack tuna—which amounts to approximately US$200 million in revenue, adds value to the fisheries sector and contributes to the employment sector. 

At the meeting, President Solih and officials of the company discussed ways to expand Yamaki’s investment in the Maldives further. President Solih also thanked Yoshihiro for the company’s long-term commitment to producing Katsuobushi from skipjack tuna acquired in the Maldives. 

Source: The President's Office

23 October 2019, Ref: 2019-836

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has asserted that the contribution of the Japan-Maldives Parliamentarians Friendship League is crucial in maintaining the close friendly relationship between the two nations. President Solih made the remarks in his address during a breakfast hosted this morning by the members of the Friendship League at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo.

Praising the work of the Friendship League, President Solih highlighted its work with the executive branch within embassy channels, engaging with counterparts in the Parliament and relaying Maldives’ concerns and priorities to all levels of the Japanese government.

“This has ensured that the cooperation between our two countries are not just grounded in mutual goodwill but steered with vision and purpose,” he said.

Towards this end, President Solih expressed his confidence that the Friendship League will continue in its role in scaling Maldives’ partnership with Japan, as the administration embarks on an ambitious national development agenda.

The Japan-Maldives Parliamentarians Friendship League was founded in 1981, and since then it had played a vital role in maintaining Japan as one of the largest donors to the Maldives, contributing to socio-economic development and directly aiding the progress of several of sectors. 

Source: The President's Office