India funds eight High Impact Community Development Projects in Maldives

Signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding for Indian Government to fund eight High Impact Community Development Projects (HICDPs) in the Maldives held on October 21, 2021. (Photo/Foreign Ministry)

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed for the Government of India to fund eight High Impact Community Development Projects (HICDPs) in the Maldives.

The MoU was signed during a special ceremony held at the Foreign Ministry this afternoon. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Ahmed Khaleel signed on behalf of the Maldivian Government – whereas High Commissioner of India to Maldives Sunjay Sudhir signed on behalf of the Indian Government.

The eight projects which will be launched under this MoU are worth MVR 36,609,600. They include; acquisition of two sea ambulances; strengthening inclusive education support units in three schools in GDh. Thinadhoo, L. Gan and HA. Dhidhdhoo; development of an ice plant in L. Maabaidhoo; Olympus hall upgrading project; a multi-purpose council building in N. Miladhoo; construction of Dhangethi Cultural Centre and installation of street lights in Th. Thimarafushi and Th. Veymandoo.

Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid delivered virtual remarks during the signing ceremony. In this regard, he stressed that the projects launched under the MoU will contribute significantly to socio-economic development, livelihood activity, conservation of environmental and cultural heritage, empowerment of women and child welfare and skills development.

He also thanked the Indian Government for their continued support and assistance in various forms.

The overarching MoU regarding the HICDPs was initially signed between the two governments on March 17, 2019, for MVR 85 million – which was later renewed with an increment up to MVR 155 million on July 23, 2021.