10th February 2016
Commendation from Ambassador of Japan
to Former Liaison Staff in the Maldives
H.E. Mr. Kenichi Suganuma, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Maldives accorded a special Commendation to Mr. Ahmed Shain, former Liaison Staff of the Embassy in the Republic of Maldives in order to recognize his long-term and outstanding contributions to the Embassy, at the reception held to felicitate the inauguration of the Chancellery of the Embassy of Japan in the Maldives on 8th February 2016.
Duly appointed by the Government of Japan as Liaison Staff in the Maldives in May 2009, Mr. Shain served in this capacity until December 2015. Being a fluent Japanese speaker Mr. Shain performed numerous duties for the Embassy of Japan which had operated from Colombo, until the establishment of the Chancellery in January this year. Mr. Shain’s invaluable service as Liaison Staff in the Maldives contributed significantly to enhance Japan-Maldives relationship during this period.
Mr. Shain, a Maldivian National, graduated from the Ahamadhiyaa School, Malé and had studied Japanese language and tour guiding at the Institute of Hotel and Catering Services, Malé and pursued a career in the hospitality industry in Maldives. Subsequently he was appointed as Liaison Staff in the Maldives in 2009 and served until December 2015.
28th December 2015
A New Chancellery of the Embassy of Japan
to commence operations in Maldives
A Chancellery of the Embassy of Japan will start operating in Malé as of 1st January 2016 to further strengthen ties between Japan and Maldives.
The two countries established its diplomatic relations in 1967, and have enjoyed cordial and friendly relationships since then. A Chancellery of the Embassy in Malé will be a key station for further strengthening bilateral ties as it prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2017.
23rd July 2015
Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
Kazuyuki Nakane to Visit the Maldives
1. Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Kazuyuki Nakane will visit the Maldives from Saturday, July 25, to Monday, July 27.
2. During his stay in the Maldives, he is scheduled to attend the ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Independence of the Maldives, and to have meetings with government officials of the Maldives to exchange views on bilateral relations and other issues of mutual interest.
7th April 2015
Japan Provides 64 million MRf Grant for the
Purchase of Japanese Disaster Reduction Equipment
The Government of Japan provided a grant of Japanese Yen 500 million (approximately 64 million Maldivian Rufiyaa) to the Government of Maldives under the “Non-Project Grant Aid for Provision of Japanese Disaster Reduction Equipment for 2014”,for procuring a range of essential Disaster Reduction Equipmentmanufactured by Japanese enterprises. The purpose of this grant is to support the promotion of economic and social development goals of Maldives through improving resilience to disasters.
The equipment provided under this grant scheme were selected by the Government of Maldives in consultation with the line agencies concerned. Japan also provided a grant amounting to Japanese Yen 100 million (approximately 18 million Maldivian Rufiyaa) under the “Non-Project Grant Aid for the Provision of Japanese SME’s Products” in 2014 and a grant amounting to Japanese Yen 200 million (approximately 36 million Maldivian Rufiyaa) to procure a variety of medical equipment for the use by regional and Atoll hospitals under the same scheme.The Government and the people of Japan hope that the Disaster Reduction Equipment provided would be effectively utilized to enhance the living conditions of the needy people of Maldives.
The signing of the Exchange of Notes took place between H.E. Mr.Nobuhito Hobo, Ambassador of Japan to Maldives and Hon. Ms. DunyaMaumoon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, on April 7, 2015 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Male.(END)
18th March 2015
Japan extended US$ 201,167 to the Project
for the Construction of Jamaludheen School Building,
in Fuvahmulah Island
The Government of Japan has provided US$201,167(approximately Maldivian Rufiyaa3 million) grant for ‘The Project for the Construction of Jamaludheen School Building, in Fuvahmulah Island’under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project scheme(GGP).
The Project will be implemented by Madharusathu Sheikh Mohamed Jamaludheen (MJM) School in Fuvahmulah Island. The project aims to construct a suitable school buildingin realizing children’s right to receive education in a child friendly environment. The project has been developed in cooperation with a Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) who was dispatched by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), andserved as a volunteer at the MJM School as a physical instructions teacher.
Jamaludheen Schoolin Fuvahmulah Islandcurrently accomadates more than 400 students with 12 classrooms, which are used on a rotation basis. Due to shortage of classrooms, junior and senior students have to share a single classroom right now. With this grant of the Government of Japan, MJM School will be able to construct a two–storied building for the school comprising classroomswhich could enable all the students to study in permanent classrooms with adequate learning facilities.
The Government of Japan has extended assistance to Maldives for over 40 years ranging from grassroots level to large infrastructure levelin various sectors such as fishery, education, communication and broadcasting, electricity, and restoration from Tsunami disaster. Especially in the renewable energy sector, the government of Japan has provided grant funds amounting to approximately USD 12 million (Japanese Yen 1 billion) under the “Project for Clean Energy Promotion in Male” since 2010.
The Principal of MJM Schoolappreciated the government and people of Japan for this project so that they could embark on a class expansion plan to the target number of 20.
The Grant Contract was signed between His Excellency Mr. Nobuhito Hobo,
Ambassador of Japan and Mrs Arifa Abdul Majeed, Principal, Madharusathu Sheikh Mohamed Jamaludheen (MJM) School, on March 18,2015.
19th December 2014
Dispatch of an expert in response to an unstable water supply situation
caused by a fire incident at the water producing plant in Malé, Maldives
The Government of Japan has dispatched an expert on December 15 to Maldives in response to an unstable water supply situation caused by a fire incident at the water desalination plant in the capital city of Maldives, Malé on December 4.The expert is to advise the Ministerial-level Task Force within the Government of Maldives in its efforts to ensure water security in the country.
19th December 2014
Japan Provides 13.9 million MRf for Urgent Restoration
of Water Desalinization Facilityin Male
Having been concerned with the severe water shortage in Male´, Maldives caused by breakdown of the island’s only water desalinization facility, and understanding the urgency to restore the facility, the Government of Japan approved over 13.9 million Maldivian Rufiyaas (US$ 903,000) to be financed through the “Counterpart Fund under Japan’s KR Grant Aid” for “Enhancing the Water Supply in Male´City”.
This fund will be utilized to kick start urgent repairs to the desalinization plant, so that it will recover its fullfunction in providing uninterrupted water supply to the people of Male´. While recognizing the need for longer-term measures, Japan hopes that this immediate measure would serve to restore normalcy soon, where the people of Male´ would have stable access to clean drinking water.
15th December 2014
Japan Provides 13 million MRf Grant for the
Purchase of Japanese SME Products
The Government of Japan provided a grant of Japanese Yen 100 million (approximately 13 million Maldivian Rufiyaas) to the Government of Maldives under the “Non-Project Grant Aid for Provision of Japanese SME’s Products for 2014”,for procuring a range of essential SME products manufactured by Japanese small and medium sized enterprises (SME). The purpose of this grant scheme is to support the promotion of economic and social development goals of Maldives by utilizing the uniquely efficient and user-friendly technology of Japanese SME’s.
The products provided under this grant scheme were selected by the Government of Maldives in consultation with the line agencies concerned. Previously in December 2013, Japan provided grant funds amounting to Japanese Yen 200 millionto the Government of Maldives under the same scheme to procure a wide range of medical equipments for use by needy regional and Atoll hospitals and improve the quality of health services to the people. The Government and the people of Japan hope that the SME products provided would be effectively utilized to improve the living conditions of the people in the islands.
The signing of the Exchange of Notes took place between H.E. Mr. Nobuhito Hobo, Ambassador of Japan to Maldives and Hon. Ms. Dunya Maumoon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, on December 15, 2014 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Male.
20th June 2014
Japan assistance for relocation of MBC’s antenna field
The Government of Japan approved over MRF 50.8 million to be financed through the Counterpart Funds under Japan’s Non-Project Grant Aid Scheme for the relocation of AM transmission antenna field of Maldivian Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) to the industrial island of K. Thilafushi from the current location at Raalhugandu Area. AM transmission is the only medium through which the government could access the people living on islands, particularly at times of natural disasters or in any other emergency situations. The AM signals can be received even using battery operated radios.
The relocation project is considered of prime national importance, and once completed the loss of output transmission signal strength would be considerably reduced, providing a good reach and service especially to the people living on remote islands. The grant funds provided will be utilized for the purchase of transmitter, antennas and RF equipment, audio and tests equipment, construction of buildings and for technical and labour costs.
The Government of Japan hopes that this assistance will improve not only the transmission efficiency of MBC, but also the service provided to the people in remote islands through enhanced disaster warning and management capacity.
20th March 2014
Dispatch of Election Observer Mission to the Republic of Maldives for the Parliamentary （Majlis） Election
The Government of Japan will dispatch an election observer mission from March 21 to 23 for the Parliamentary (Majlis) Election in the Maldives to be held on March 22. This mission will be headed by Ms. Asako Okai, Minister/ Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka (with jurisdiction over the Maldives). The mission will observe the preparation, voting and counting, and exchange views with other election observation missions.
The Government of Japan has decided to dispatch the mission to contribute to free and fair election and to support the effort for consolidation of democracy in the Maldives in response to the announcement by the Elections Commission of the Maldives that it would welcome international observers.
17th March, 2014
Japan extended MVR 5.5 million for Establishing a Solar Power System in Dhiffushi Island through MEE
The Government of Japan has provided US$ 361,254 (approximately Maldivian Rufiyaa 5.5 million )grant aid for establishing a Solar Power System in Dhiffushi Island under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).“The Project for Provision of a Solar Power Generation System to Dhiffushi Island” will be implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Energy in collaboration with KEPCO (Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.), a Japanese company as this project is also implemented under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme. By this project the Government of Japan supports to construct a core solar power system while KEPCO would contribute to build a unique hybrid-system combined with a solar and diesel power generation system with their funds.
Through this project, it is expected that the new hybrid system suitable for small islands would be established and further introduced to other similar islands in the future. The aim of this project is to mitigate climate change and improve the lives of people in a small island of Maldives through the reduction of diesel fuel consumption by producing electricity and ice using solar power generation. This project could serve as a good model to introduce solar power generation to such small islands.
The Government of Japan has extended assistance to Maldives for over 40 years in various sectors in order to support the sustainable economic growth. Especially in the renewable energy sector, the government of Japan has provided grant funds amounting to approximately USD 12 million (Japanese Yen 1 billion) under the “Project for Clean Energy Promotion in Male” since 2010. The Grant Contract between His Excellency Mr. Nobuhito Hobo, Ambassador of Japan and Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Energywas signed on 17th March at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Male.
17th March, 2014
Japan extended MVR 2 million for Establishing a Waste Management System in Faresmaathodaa Island
The Government of Japan has provided US$131,078 (approximately Maldivian Rufiyaa 2 million)grant for establishing a Waste Management System under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project s(GGP).
“Project for Improving the Environmental and Sanitary Condition through Establishing a Waste Management System in South Havadhoo Atoll”, whichwill be implemented by Island Council of GDh. Faremaathodaa, intends to improve the environmental and sanitary conditions in the island through building of essentialinfrastructure in order to manage solid wastes effectively in the island. Under this project, a Waste Collecting Lorry along with 6 Wheeled Waste Bins, Bottle and Vegetation Shredders, Metal Bottle and Glass Bottle Crusher will be procured in fulfilling the long waited need for a comprehensive waste management system in the island. The project has been made possible with partnerships and cooperation of UNDP, Ministry of Environment and Energy and Environmental Protection Agency.
The protection of environment is one of the key pillars of Japan’s assistance to the Maldives in order to achieve sustainable economic growth. As in the past 40 years, Japan will continue to help Maldives overcome development issues it may face, through effective and efficient utilization of ODA, and enhance the country’sfuture social-economic progress. The Grant Contract between His Excellency Mr. Nobuhito Hobo, Ambassador of Japan and Mr. Mohamed Assad, President of Island Council of GDh Faresmaathodaa was signed 17th March, 2014 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Malein the presence of Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Energy and other distinguished guests.