India-Maldives Current Affairs - 2019

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Ekuverin 2019: Indo Maldives joint Exercise

Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Force participated in a Joint Military Exercise called ‘Ekuverin’ at Aundh Military Station in Pune, Maharashtra. This year was the tenth edition of the joint military exercise which was organised from 7 to 20 October 2019.

About Ex- Ekuverin

Background: The word ‘Ekuverin’ means ‘Friends’ in Dhivehi language. Indian Army and Maldives National Defence Forces have been conducting Exercise Ekuverin since 2009. The 14 days joint military exercise is held alternatively in India and Maldives. The last exercise was held in Maldives in 2018 at Northern Area Headquarters, Lh. Maafilaafush.

Objective:

  • To enhance interoperability between the forces of two countries for carrying out counter insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in a semi-urban environment under United Nations (UN) mandate.
  • To share best practices and acquaint each other with operating procedures being followed while undertaking counter insurgency and counter-terrorism operations.

Significance: India shares very close cultural, ethnic, linguistic, religious as well as commercial ties with Maldives and the joint Exercise Ekuverin will assist in further strengthening of these ties between two nations.

Special Training Programme for Maldivian Civil Servants to be conducted in India

Special Training Programme for Maldivian Civil Servants is scheduled to be conducted at the hill town Mussoorie (Uttarkhand) and New Delhi from 16 to 28 September 2019. A 32-member Maldivian delegation arrived in India for taking part in Special Training Programme.

Key Highlights

India is the largest development partner for capacity building of Civil Servants of Maldives. A unique feature of special training program is that 70% of delegates are women officials.

The inaugural session of Special Training Program for Maldivian Civil Servants taking place on 16 September would be chaired by K. V. Eapen, Secretary DARPG (Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances), Fatimath Amira, Member Civil Services Commission and V. Srinivas, Additional Secretary DARPG.

Senior policymakers from the Government of India would be addressing the participants in 2-week training program.

STP Sessions will take place on:

Public Policy and Governance, Ethics and Accountability and Redressal of Public Grievances, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Motivation, Promoting Tourism, Innovation, Regional Cooperation in Indian Ocean Region (IOR), India-Maldives Relations along with visits to Unique Identification Authority, Passport Sewa Kendra and Election Commission of India (ECI).

About Special Training Programme

It is part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Maldivian counterpart on his visit to Male (Maldives) in June 2019 on ‘Training and Capacity Building Programme’ between India’s National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) and Maldives Civil Service Commission (CSC).

One of the MoUs signed between NCGG and CSC of Maldives envisaged capacity building activities for 1000 Civil Servants of Maldives at National Centre for Good Governance over next 5 years.

PM Modi, during his visit, emphasised India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy and assured India’s full support to Maldives in realising its aspirations for broad-based socio-economic development and strengthening of democratic and independent institutions.