Japan donates MVR 42.19M to Maldivian health sector

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Dr. Mohamed Asim (L) and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Taro Kono sign the Exchange of Notes for MVR 42.19 million in grant assistance to Maldivian health sector on June 15, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo/Embassy of Japan, Maldives)

The Japanese government has provided a grant assistance of MVR 42.19 million (300 million Yen) to the Maldivian government to aid in the improvement of the health sector of the country.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Dr. Mohamed Asim, who is currently on an official visit to Japan, accepted the grant on behalf of the Maldivian government in a function held in Tokyo last Friday.

The Exchange of Notes for the grant assistance was signed by Dr. Asim and Taro Kono, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

The Embassy of Japan in Maldives reports the grant will be used to contribute to the improvement of healthcare services at several medical facilities, which includes a tertiary hospital in the capital, Male’ City. The Embassy reports the grant will also be used to provide new ambulances to islands which do not have ambulances, and medical facilities which need to replace old ambulances.

Dr. Asim is heading a delegation from Maldives in the official visit to Japan.

He and his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono held bilateral talks on Friday.

The first round of the Maldives-Japan Policy Dialogue also took place on Friday, during which the two countries discussed strengthening cooperation in development, climate change, tourism and investment.