Yunnan Province of China is keen on extending higher education scholarship opportunities to Maldivian students, stated the Governor of Yunnan, Ruan Chengfa, on Monday.
He made the remarks during a meeting with Vice President Faisal Naseem at the President’s Office.
During the sit-down, the governor highlighted the close ties between Maldives and Yunnan Province, and explored areas to enhance relations further, including agriculture, education, and tourism. Further noting that economic and trade ties between the two countries grew seven-fold over the past year, he also expressed that Yunnan was eager to strengthen people-to-people cooperation in the sectors of sports and agriculture.
VP Naseem, in turn, noted that this year marks 47 years of diplomatic ties between Maldives and China, underscoring that the Asian superpower is one of the most significant development partners of the archipelago. He stressed that the current administration is keen on continuing cooperation in such projects and further touched on China's importance as the biggest tourism market for Maldives.
He thanked Governor Ruan for the continued assistance, especially in the sectors of higher education, sports and agriculture, and further expressed his gratitude to the people and government of China.
The governor and his delegation also called on Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid the same day.