The Vice Chairman of the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA), His Excellency Deng Boqing paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, Order of the Distinguished Rule of Izzuddin, today.
During the meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this morning, the Minister thanked the Vice-Chairman and the Government of the People’s Republic of China for their valuable contributions towards the socio-economic development of the Maldives. He mentioned that China continues to be a major investor in the Maldivian economy, through the various projects that are ongoing in the country, and also as a source market for inbound tourism.
The Vice-Chairman briefed the Minister about the ongoing projects and future avenues of cooperation, especially through China’s Global Development Initiative (GDI). He outlined that the signing of the agreements today between the two sides, signifies the close friendship and cooperation, and expressed his hope that the Maldives will seek future development opportunities through the GDI.
The Minister emphasised the importance of commencing new projects by CIDCA in the Maldives, especially the construction of four new hospitals in Ha. Dhidhoo, Dh. Kudahuvadhoo, Ga. Villingili and R. Alifushi. He also thanked the Vice-Chairman for positively considering the projects relating to the renovation of the Maldives National Museum and the maintenance of the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge, for which Letters of Exchange will be signed today.
The Minister underlined that the bilateral relationship between Maldives and China will continue to strengthen in the years ahead, and thanked China for its unwavering support to the Maldives in achieving its developmental objectives.
The Vice-Chairman of CIDCA is on an official visit to the Maldives from 31 March to 3 April 2023.