Minister of Public Infrastructure, Industries and Commerce of Palau, called on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim.

The Minister of Public Infrastructure, Industries and Commerce of Palau, His Excellency Mr. Charles Obichang, called on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim, today.

At the meeting held at Kurumba Maldives, Minister Obichang commended the Maldives on its remarkable success at building a world-class tourism industry, while protecting and preserving its fragile environment. In this regard, Minister Obichang observed that the Maldives is a great example of a successful model that works, and expressed interest to learn from the Maldives’ experience, in Palau’s efforts to develop its tourism sector.

Foreign Minister Asim extended a warm welcome to Minister Obichang to the Maldives and discussed possibilities of strengthening cooperation between the two island nations, with a special focus on tourism development and environmental protection. In this regard, Minister Asim extended an invitation to a delegation from the Government of Palau to visit the Maldives to discuss possible cooperation on tourism.

Foreign Minister Asim was accompanied by Foreign Secretary, His Excellency Ahmed Sareer and Joint Secretary, Ms. Fathimath Najwa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim, hosts a reception for the Ministers and delegates to the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Meeting

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim, hosts a reception for the Ministers and delegates to the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Ministers Meeting on the Initiative for Renewable Island Energy (IRIE).

At the event, Minister Asim, spoke at length about the significance and importance of island nations and their friends working together for the realisation of shared solutions for the global challenges of our time.

Reflecting on the journey that island nations have taken, since the first meeting of small states held in the Maldives in 1989, he stated that it was the “island way” to not give up, and to “make the best of what we have, while demanding what we deserve”. He also highlighted that island nations have led the way, proposing new ideas, for our common shared destiny.

Minister Asim further highlighted the importance of ensuring that the unique, distinct voice of islands, shaped by their unique experiences are represented, and heard in all decision-making forums, including the highest decision-making body of the United Nations – the Security Council.

The Initiative for Renewable Island Energy was initiated by the Maldives, in its capacity as Chair of AOSIS, in partnership with International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The primary objective of IRIE is to enhance AOSIS political coordination and outreach to development partners with a view to mobilising the resources – finance, technology, and capacity building – required for a rapid transition to renewable energy systems in SIDS. The meeting is attended by 13 energy and environment ministers of AOSIS.

The Ambassador of Norway to the Maldives, called on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim.

The Ambassador of Norway to the Maldives, His Excellency Mr. Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther, called on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim, today.

At the meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this afternoon, Ambassador Gaustadsæther reiterated the support of Norway towards the Maldives’ efforts in the area of environment and renewable energy. He also highlighted the importance of small countries working together, especially in addressing common challenges, and in this regard noted the initiatives undertaken by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), under the Maldives chairmanship.

Foreign Minister Asim thanked the Ambassador for Norway’s assistance and highlighted the importance of cooperating not only at the level of governments but also through engagements of private sectors. Minister Asim also discussed possibilities for enhancing cooperation between both countries and reflected on ways for strengthening the existing ties especially in the area of investment in renewable energy.

Foreign Minister Asim was accompanied by Secretary Bilateral, His Excellency Ahmed Khaleel and Joint Secretary, Ms. Fathimath Najwa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

Indian Ambassador to Maldives, Mr. Akhilesh Mishra called on Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mohamed Asim.

The Ambassador of  India to the Maldives,  Mr. Akhilesh Mishra called on Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mohamed Asim this morning. During the call, Minister Asim and Ambassador Mishra discussed on the bilateral relations between the Maldives and India.

Minister Asim and Ambassador Mishra also touched on regional and international issues of interest and expressed their desire to collaborate further at all levels.

Both sides then discussed ways to further consolidate the existing close relations between the Maldives and India, and reiterated their commitment to work together towards the progress and prosperity of both the nations.

Minister Asim was accompanied by H.E. Mr. Ahmed Khaleel, Secretary (Bilateral) and Ms. Aishath Azeema, Joint Secretary, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Minister Of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mohamed Asim speaks at the Opening Ceremony of the First International Conference held by Maldives National University, Theveli 2017

Speaking as the Chief Guest at the Opening Ceremony of the First International Conference held by Maldives National University, Theveli 2017, Minister Asim noted that the progress the Maldives has made in its development path, and the ways in which the Maldives has been able to achieve internationally agreed development goals, were important areas where research is needed. These findings, he said, would yield important lessons for the world, as well as information on potential challenges that still exist in the Maldives.

Looking at the international context, Minister Asim also noted that small island states like the Maldives are understudied. Yet the unique approaches adopted by these islands to ensure sustainability and pursue sustainable development can be useful to replicate. In this regard, he said that island states could act as knowledge hubs, and incubators for innovation. He stated that small island states can, and have produced smart, shared solutions for the global problems facing the world today.

Minister Asim also highlighted the importance of inter-disciplinary research stating, “looking at a single issue, through multiple lenses, not only helps to understand the global challenges we face today, in a much better light, but also helps to curate better, well rounded, and sustainable solutions.”

Theveli 2017 is an International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research being held in the Maldives from 2-3 October 2017. The theme for this year’s Conference is “Towards a sustainable society”. Conference participants come from a number of countries in the region and beyond, and will also host a national research priority setting exercise on the margins.