India announces seven new high-impact community development projects in the Maldives

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Seven new projects have been announced under India’s High Impact Community Development Project (HICDP) grant assistance scheme.

The announcement was made during the recent visit of Indian Foreign Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar to the Maldives.

As such, the value of the new project has been estimated at 27 million MVR or 132 million Indian rupees and it is to be carried out on seven atolls.

The seven atolls in which the projects will be carried out include Haa Dhaal Atoll, Noonu Atoll, Kaafu Atoll, Alif Dhaal Atoll, Thaa Atoll, Gaaf Alif Atoll and Seenu Atoll.

According to the Indian High Commission in the Maldives, the initiative revolves around healthcare, heritage conservation as well as youth development.

With the launch of these new projects, a total of 27 projects have currently been funded through India’s High Impact Community Development Project (HICDP) grant assistance program.

In addition to this, 18 additional projects have been allocated to the Maldives under the grant aid, worth MVR 106 million. Of these, 15 have already been completed and inaugurated.

The Indian High Commission revealed that it prioritizes the needs of island communities when designing the HICDPs and that most of these projects will be managed by the local councils of the respective islands.

During his recent visit, Dr. Jaishankar inaugurated two projects undertaken in Addu town with the assistance of Indian grants under the High Impact Community Development Projects scheme; “Vilunu” drug rehabilitation center and “Mulimathi” tourist area.

The Indian External Affairs Minister also attended the inauguration ceremony of the National Police and Law Enforcement College established in Addu City under the Indian Grant Assistance. After the joint inauguration of the Academy by President of the Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Minister Dr Jaishankar, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Maldives Police Service (MPS) and the National Police Academy Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, to build capacity and areas of expertise. Cooperation.

In addition, Dr. Jaishankar and FM Shahid witnessed the signing of several key agreements such as mutual recognition of the Covid-19 vaccination certificate which will facilitate travel between the Maldives and India as well as the peering agreement for the connectivity between the Higher Education Network of Maldives and the National Knowledge Network of India.

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