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Embarking on a New Journey and Embracing a Bright Future

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Embarking on a New Journey and Embracing a Bright Future

——Briefing by Ambassador Wang Lixin on the Official Visit of

State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Maldives

On Jan. 7-8, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi paid an official visit to the Maldives on invitation. The fruitful visit is of great significance to China-Maldives relations. I’d like to use “one, two, three, four and five” to summarize the achievements and significance of the visit.

One means “one important visit”. The Maldives is an important stop on State Councilor Wang Yi’s first New Year trip, and it is an important visit at the beginning of the 50th anniversary of China-Maldives diplomatic relations and an important high-level visit from the Chinese side in recent years, which is of great significance for the future development of the bilateral relations. During the visit, the two sides launched the celebration events commemorating the 50th anniversary of China-Maldives diplomatic relations by unveiling the official Logo. As State Councilor Wang Yi said at the joint press conference, his visit to the Maldives is fruitful, which is the best mark of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations and will advance the development of the future-oriented, all-round friendly and cooperative partnership between China and the Maldives.

Two means that the visit has achieved “two major goals”. The first goal is to review and summarize the important achievements and experience of our bilateral relations gained over the past 50 years. The second goal is to draw a blueprint for the future development of China-Maldives relations.

Three means the visit has sent “three important messages”. Firstly, China has always upheld that all nations, big and small, are equal, and China has always supported the Maldives in safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity, pursuing an independent foreign policy. The Maldives firmly upholds the one China principle, and firmly supports China on issues of core interests. China-Maldives relations, through 50 years of joint efforts, have withstood the test of international vicissitudes and become more mature, and have become a model of friendly exchanges and win-win cooperation. Secondly, China, with down-to-earth actions, supports the Maldives in speeding up its socio-economic construction and enhancing the capability of independent development. China-Maldives Friendship Bridge, the expansion and upgrading project of the Velana International Airport, social housing and other projects have brought transformative changes to the Maldivian people’s lives. Thirdly, at the historical point of the 50th anniversary of the China-Maldives diplomatic relations, the two sides should take a broader view and open up a new chapter of mutually beneficial and friendly cooperation.

Four means that the visit has specified four key directions for future cooperation between the two countries. Firstly, to continue cooperation in fighting against the pandemic for a complete victory; Secondly, to continue to build the Belt and Road with high quality, accelerating cooperation on key projects and tourism, and promote the ratification and taking effect of China-Maldives Free Trade Agreement at an early date, so as to offer impetus to the Maldives’ post-pandemic economic recovery. Thirdly, to expand cooperation with the Maldives in emerging fields such as communication, digitization, and marine economy and back its efforts for the strategy of diversified development. Fourthly, to strengthen coordination in international affairs and safeguard the international system centered on the UN.

Five means the two sides signed five cooperation documents, mainly on mutual visa exemption, economic and technical cooperation on grant aid, follow-up management and maintenance of the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge, sea-water desalination project and hospital assistance and cooperation programme.

 The mutual visa exemption agreement will greatly facilitate the movement of people between the two countries once the pandemic is under control, which will help enhance people-to-people understanding and friendship. Under the agreement on economic and technical cooperation on grant aid, China will help the Maldives on socio-economic, likelihood and infrastructure construction. The China-Maldives Friendship Bridge is a landmark project in the cooperation under the BRI between our two countries. China will offer support for its follow-up management and maintenance, facilitating the local people’s travel and making more contributions to the economic and social development of the Maldives. As to the sea-water desalination project, the Chinese side will establish sea water desalination plants in 5 inhabited islands very soon, each satisfying the water demands of 2000 residents, which will effectively solve the problem of lack of fresh water resources for local residents. With regard to the agreement on hospital assistance and cooperation programme, the Chinese side will provide support and assistance to the Maldivian side in building capacity for its regional ophthalmic center, and helping more people with vision impairment to recover eyesight with quality medical services.

The signing and implementation of these documents are new initiatives for China to support the Maldives in accelerating economic and social construction and improve its independent development capacity, which will not only provide impetus for the revival of the Maldivian economy and improvement of its people’s livelihood, but also help promote people-to-people exchanges and friendship between the two countries. As State Councilor Wang Yi said, “Facts have shown that the joint construction of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road by China and the Maldives serves the common interests of the two peoples. We are embarking on a shared path to hope, prosperity and happiness.”

In conclusion, the historic visit has enhanced mutual trust, expanded practical cooperation, deepened traditional friendship and created the future, starting a new journey for China-Maldives relations. China is ready to work together with the Maldivian side to implement the important consensus and results of the visit and take the 50th anniversary of China-Maldives diplomatic relations as an opportunity to promote the future-oriented, all-round friendly and cooperative partnership to a new high, opening up a brighter and better future of China-Maldives relations.

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New Japanese Ambassador Takeuchi Midori presents her credentials to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

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The new Japanese ambassador to the Maldives, Takeuchi Midori has presented her credentials to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

Ambassador Takeuchi Midori presented her credentials to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at a special ceremony held earlier today at the President’s Office.

Speaking at the ceremony President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih noted on the Ambassador Takeuchi Midori’s predecessor Keiko Yanai’s work in enhancing bilateral relations between the two nations. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih expressed hope in continuing to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two nations under Ambassador Takeuchi Midori tenure.

Ambassador Takeuchi Midori also spoke at the ceremony, noting that this year marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the Maldives and Japan. She expressed hope that the two nations would work together on regional and global issues.

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MMPRC & Industry Partners take part in one of the biggest Global Trade Fairs held in Spain, Fitur 2022

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Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC/Visit Maldives) and industry partners are marketing the destination at one of the biggest global trade fairs in Spain, FITUR 2022, held in Madrid. FITUR 2022, conducted from the 19th to the 23rd of January 2022, is the global meeting point for tourism professionals and the leading trade fair for inbound and outbound markets globally.

FITUR brings together travel agencies, wholesalers – tour operators, hotels & accommodation, carrier companies, leisure & culture, infrastructures, Spanish official organizations and travel media. The B2B and B2C event offer excellent business opportunities, access to qualified and relevant travel buyers, influencers, and market professionals. Over 42,000 trade visitors and more than 20,000 general public visitors are expected to attend the event, while around 2,500 journalists from 33 countries will cover the event.

The Maldives is represented at the fair by MMPRC along with 13 registered industry partners: Book Me Maldives, Intour Maldives, Lets Go Maldives, Travel Connection, Sun Ocean, Perfect Voyage, Roam Maldives, Lily Hotels, Villa Hotels & Resorts, Brennia Kottefaru, the Standard Hurawalhi Maldives, Medhufushi Island Resort and Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives.

MMPRC is participating in this global trade event to market the destination as a safe haven offering unique experiences to tourists, under MMPRC’s marketing strategy which focuses on maintaining destination momentum and increasing arrival numbers from Spain and around the globe. Through this event, we will provide the latest travel guidelines, information about the unique geographical formation of the Maldives’ scattered islands, the stringent safety measures in place in our resorts, guesthouses, liveaboards and hotels.

By the end of December 2021, Spain was the 7th top source market to the Maldives in 2021. During this period a total of 1,312,706 tourists arrived in the Maldives out of which 37,186 were from Spain. This contributes to 2.8% of the total arrival for 2021. MMPRC held several activities for the Spanish market in 2021, such as TV, social and digital media marketing campaigns, familiarization trips, and participation in FITUR 2021. More such activities will be held for this market for 2022 as well.

In 2021, MMPRC carried out over 260 different activities in 22 global markets. This includes interviews given for news, magazines and TV, marketing campaigns, webinars, familiarization trips, and participation in fairs and exhibitions. The greatest testament to the success of these activities came in December, as the Maldives secured the title of ‘World’s Leading Destination’ (among several other accolades) at the 2021 World Travel Awards, globally recognised as the hallmark of industry excellence. This is the second consecutive year that the Maldives had successfully earned this prestigious title, a shining testimony of the trust placed in the ‘magic of Maldivian hospitality’ by travelers from all over the globe.

This year also celebrates an exceptional year to visit the Maldives – the Golden Jubilee celebration of tourism in the Maldives kicked off earlier last year with plans to conduct new and exciting activities throughout the year. MMPRC has planned over 60 in-person events for the year 2022, including 11 fairs, roadshows and events scheduled for just the first quarter.

Source: http://www.visitmaldives.com

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The new Japanese Ambassador presents credentials to the President

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H.E. Takeuchi Midori, the new Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Maldives, presented her credentials to H.E. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. The ceremony was held at the President’s Office this morning.

Welcoming the new Ambassador and congratulating her on her new appointment, President Solih highlighted the key role played by her predecessor, H.E. Keiko Yanai, in improving bilateral relations between the two countries. He expressed hope for continuing and further strengthening existing relations during the new Ambassador’s tenure.

Speaking at the meeting, the Ambassador highlighted that this year marks the 55th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two nations, expressing hope to further strengthen bilateral ties and work together on regional and global issues.

President Solih expressed his appreciation for the significant contributions made by the Japanese government across various sectors of the Maldives. The President happily noted the Japanese assistance to the Maldives during the Covid-19 pandemic, stating that the Covid-19 Crisis Response Emergency Support Loan was the largest concessional loan received from Japan to combat the pandemic.

President Solih thanked the Japanese government for its ongoing development projects in the Maldives, mentioning the Sea Wall Renovation project, Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting Project, and also thanked the Japanese Government for the assistance received for the development of Maldives Health Sector, Education, Sports, Agriculture and community development. He also noted the scholarship opportunities received under the Japanese Development Scholarship Programme to strengthen human resource capacity in the Maldives as some of the significant contributions.

The Ambassador expressed her desire to further address the Maldives’ developmental needs and strengthen cooperation in various sectors of the Maldives including fisheries, agriculture, environment, disaster prevention, countering Climate Change and enhancing governance. The President and the Ambassador further explored avenues for increasing cooperation between the two countries.

The Maldives and Japan established diplomatic relations in 1967.

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