24 October 2019, Ref: 2019-845

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has visited the Maritime Disaster Prevention Centre (MDPC) in Yokosuka City, Japan. The President, along with the First Lady, toured the centre this morning as part of his current official visit to Japan. 

President Solih was welcomed upon arrival at the facility by Najajma Satoshi, the President of MDPC. During the visit, the President also met with five members of the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) training at the facility and inquired about their progress and experiences. The management and representatives from MDPC also briefed President Solih on emergency management, response mechanisms and training for disaster preparedness exercised in Japan. 

President Solih also toured the Oil Spill Control Training Station and Coast Cleaning Training site. MDPC has a state-of-the-art training department targeting oil spill control, firefighting, chemical and Hazardous Noxious Substance (NHS) control, and includes the Daini-Kaihou—a hazardous material response and firefighting training facility.

Japan, an island nation similar to the Maldives, is prone to natural disasters including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and typhoons; the destructive implications of theses recurring natural disasters led to the enhancement of its emergency management system. 

Along with organisational changes and the integration of the latest technological advancements, Japan represents one of the most holistic disaster management systems in the world. The two island countries are currently working on finalising the 'Building Climate Resilient Safer Islands in the Maldives' project through the Green Climate Fund. 

The Malé seawall construction project has been a living symbol of the friendly relations between Japan and Maldives in the area of disaster preparedness. Some recent developments in this arena include Japanese grant aid to acquire a fireboat and a landing craft, grant aid to procure equipment and materials for oil spill prevention, and donation of disaster reduction equipment to the Maldives.

Source: The President's Office

23 October 2019, Ref: 2019-843

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has attended the official banquet hosted by the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzō Abe. The banquet, held at Hotel New Otani, was hosted in honour of the high-level attendees visiting the enthronement ceremony of the Emperor of Japan, and is an opportunity for world leaders to network and strengthen multilateral partnerships.

President Solih is visiting the country upon a special invitation from the government of Japan, for the enthronement ceremony of the new Emperor of Japan, Naruhito. The President is accompanied by First Lady Fazna Ahmed on the official trip to Japan.

Heads of state and other dignitaries from more than 170 countries gathered to witness the official enthronement ceremony of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Naruhito.

Source: The President's Office


23 October 2019, Ref: 2019-841

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed have visited the Embassy of the Republic of Maldives in Japan. The visit is part of the President’s ongoing official visit to Japan. President Solih met with Ibrahim Uvais, Ambassador of Maldives to Japan, and the other staff at the Embassy.

Speaking during the visit, President Solih lauded the efforts of the Embassy staff in fostering the close friendly ties that exist between the Maldives and Japan, praising and acknowledging their hard work and dedication. He expressed his confidence that the staff will continue in their efforts to contribute to the developmental agenda of the country.

During the visit, ‎President Solih also signed the guest book at the Embassy.

Source: The President's Office

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