ON 1st July 2019, the President of the Republic of Maldives, HE Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, had meetings with President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. President Solih briefed them on the priorities of his government, including on sustainable development. In this regard, Singapore will provide a two-year technical cooperation package, through the Singapore Cooperation Programme, for senior Maldivian officials including that of sustainable development.
Both sides also identified opportunities for further collaboration in healthcare, security, infrastructure and connectivity. PM Lee and President Solih also witnessed the signing of two agreements: An Open Skies Agreement and MOU on Cooperation between the Maldives’ and Singapore’s Ministries of Foreign Affairs to strengthen bilateral exchanges and cooperation between the foreign ministries.
During his visit, President Solih also met with members of the Maldivian community in Singapore to hear their particular concerns and experiences, and enquire as to how the Maldivian Government can be of assistance. Before leaving Singapore, the President went on site visit to Pulau Semakau, an offshore landfill managed by Singapore’s National Environment Agency, to learn from Singapore’s experiences and expertise in waste management (pictured below).