President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Wednesday met with the president of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Shinichi Kitaoka.
According to the President's Office, the discussions touched on longstanding bilateral relations, and the similarities between Maldives and Japan that can be utilised to create mutually beneficial solutions for issues such as climate change.
Speaking at the sit-down, Kitaoka noted that the two island nations are disaster-prone. President Solih in turn discussed the project on ‘Building Climate Resilient Safer Islands in the Maldives’ and the installation of the new Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting (ISDB-T) system to ensure more efficient disaster prevention and e-learning.
The president of JICA also touched upon how Japan’s development policy relies on the freedom of the seas, similar to Maldives, and the strong people-to-people contact between the two countries.
President Solih expressed gratitude from himself and the Maldivian people for JICA's continuous support to Maldives. He thanked Kitaoka for JICA’s assistance with formulating the ‘Master Plan for Sustainable Fisheries’ in Maldives, and for the training and exposure opportunities provided to Maldivian youth under the Japan-East Asia Network of Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme.
The meeting took place on the sidelines of the President Solih's official visit to Japan to promote bilateral ties and attend the enthronement of Japan's new Emperor Naruhito.