India-Maldives Current Affairs - 2019
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Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given ex-post facto approval for Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Maldives for establishment of passenger and cargo services by sea, which was signed on 8 June 8 2019 during the visit of Indian Prime Minister to Maldives.
Key Highlights of MoU
Objective: This MoU with Maldives has been signed with a view towards harnessing potential opportunity that lies in passenger and cargo transportation by sea between two countries.
It will pave way for ferry services between Maldives and Kerala by Connecting Kochi with Male & Kulhudhuffushi in Maldives by Sea route.
Male is Maldive’s capital and most populous city of country. It is situated at a distance of 708 Kms from Kochi.
Kulhudhuffushi is 3rd most populous city of Maldives. It is 509 Kms away.
Current connectivity between India and Maldives involves flights to Male and sea planes to resorts, which is majorly an expensive option. Thus, connectivity with Kochi via sea could promote inbound tourism, mainly health and wellness tourism for India.
Also a large number of Maldivians also travel to Kerala as well as other South Indian cities for educational purposes.
This proposed ferry service would contribute in a big way in promoting people to people contact and to boost bilateral trade between two nations.
India is a leading development partner of Maldives.
Till now India has established many of the leading institutions of Maldives.
At present, India has provided US $100 Million Stand-by Credit facility (SCF) to island nation of Maldives, including long-term loans and revolving credit for trade.
India’s leading civil services training institution, National Center for Good Governance (NCGG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maldives Civil Services Commission for capacity building (training) of 1,000 civil servants of Maldives over next five years. This agreement was signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Male (Maldives capital).
- Background: In April 2019, NCGG had trained 28 Maldives civil servants, thus this successful engagement encouraged two countries to enter into an agreement and take their capacity building collaboration forward. Other than Maldives, NCCG had also successfully conducted training programmes for civil servants of Bangladesh, Myanmar and Gambia.
- Expenses: All expenses of training programme will be borne by Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
- Nodal Agency: As per the MoU, NCGG will be nodal institution for designing and implementation of customised training modules that will be undertaken during training, and it must take into account all requirements of Maldives Civil Services Commission.
- Training Areas: The training programme areas will include: public policy and governance, public administration, information technology (IT), e-governance and service delivery, agro-based practices, best practices in fisheries in coastal areas, urban development and planning, self-help group (SHG) initiatives, ethics in administration and challenges in implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Selection: Maldives will nominate suitable civil servants in senior/executive/middle management levels as per the agreed timelines.
- Civil Services Training Institute, a subsidiary of Maldives Civil Services Commission, will get the required assistance from NCGG, for developing training programmes and materials and also for organising exchange of experts as needed by Commission.
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