The Maldives Partnership Forum 2019, held in Kurumba Maldives, concluded successfully today.

Day Two began with the fourth plenary session, “Building Robust Institutions: Addressing Governance and Justice”. A presentation was delivered by Uza. Maziya Abdul Sattar, State Attorney at the Attorney General’s Office, which focused on the key policy interventions and proposed projects. Following this, a side event titled “Doing Business in the Maldives” was held. Mr Eezan Shahul Hameed, Consultant, Trade and Investment, at the Ministry of Economic Development delivered a presentation on the foreign investment climate of the Maldives. A number of private sector participants were present for this event. The fifth and final plenary session was on “Partnering with the Private Sector for Development”. A presentation was delivered by His Excellency Ali Waheed, Minister of Tourism, and Soneva Fushi which presented a success story of private sector collaboration.

During the concluding session, remarks were delivered by the co-hosts of the Forum, His Excellency Ibrahim Ameer, Minister of Finance, and His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs. Both ministers summed up the substantive discussions that took place over the two days and thanked the delegates for participating in the Forum. Minister Shahid and Minister Ameer then held a press conference and took questions from the press.

A total of 135 participants from 62 delegations attended and 113 bilateral meetings took place on the sidelines of the Forum. 70 projects on the thematic areas were submitted to the Forum by various government institutions and 8 agreements were signed.

His Excellency Ali Waheed, Minister of Tourism, will host a reception to mark the end of the Maldives Partnership Forum 2019.



Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maldives



15 May 2019, Tokyo

Ambassador of Maldives to Japan His Excellency Ibrahim Uvais attended the bid awarding ceremony of the project ISDB-T under the Japan’s Grant Aid, held today in Tokyo.


The project was awarded to NBK Corporation of Japan. Mr. Mohamed Saeed, Chief Operating Officer signed the contract on behalf of Public Service Media (PSM) and Mr. Masukazu Dazai, Company Director signed on NBK Corporation’s behalf.


The ceremony held in Ebisu, Tokyo was also attended by the officials from NBK Corporation including the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Yukio Kurabyashi.


The Project is funded by a Grant Aid from Japanese Government and is aimed to contribute to the improvement access to information of the nationals of Maldives and to resolving disparities in information dissemination through development of a digital terrestrial television network. The network will also serve as an early disaster warning system preparedness. The implementation of the project will begin in the near future, and is expected to be completed by 2020.



Resident Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to the Maldives, Mr. Saito Hiroshi paid a farewell call on Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid today, at the Ministry.

In the meeting, Resident Representative Mr. Hiroshi thanked the Government and people of the Maldives, for the warm hospitality extended to him during his term in the Maldives.

Foreign Minister informed that the Government of Maldives appreciates the exceptional service, the Resident Representative of JICA has provided to the Maldives. Minister also noted his efforts to foster closer economic and social ties through people-to-people exchange between the Maldives and Japan.

The Minister was accompanied by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs His Excellency Ahmed Khaleel, Foreign Secretary, His Excellency Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed, and Director, Mr. Asheer Abdul Azeez.


Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maldives


16 January 2019

Ambassador of Maldives to Japan H.E.Mr. Ibrahim Uvais met the Governor of Fukushima Prefecture Mr. Masao Uchibori today during a two days tour of the prefecture.

During the meeting Ambassador Uvais and Governor Uchibori discussed disaster risk management, and economic revitalization efforts of Fukushima Prefecture since the Great East Japan Earthquake and nuclear accident of 2011. Further Ambassador Uvais expressed deep sympathy on behalf of the People and the Government of Maldives to the people of Fukushima Prefecture especially to those who have lost loved ones during the unfortunate disasters of 11 March 2011. Following the disaster, the Maldives donated 780,000 cans of tuna fish as humanitarian relief assistance to the people of Japan.

The two-days tour was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and Fukushima Prefecture for ambassadors and officials from foreign embassies and delegations stationed in Japan. The tour showcased the recovery and economic revitalization programs at medical and sports facilities and local industries including agricultural and fisheries sectors in Fukushima.