Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed has this afternoon returned Malé after concluding his official visit to Saudi Arabia.
The purpose of his visit to Saudi Arabia was to rally Saudi support for the Maldives Donor Conference 2010 to be held from 28 to 29 March.
During his visit, Dr Waheed met with Saudi Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz and other senior officials of the government of Saudi Arabia.
Dr Waheed also met with leaders of Saudi financial and business sector and held discussions on seeking their assistance for the development of the Maldives. He informed them on the Maldives Donor Conference.
Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed, who is currently on a visit to Saudi Arabia to rally support for the Maldives donor conference, has met with the President of Islamic Development Group Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al Madani. The meeting was held today at the IDB headquarters.
Discussions at the meeting were focused on establishing greater cooperation between the Maldives and IDB and on the introduction of Islamic banking on the Maldives.
The Vice President briefed Dr Ali on the upcoming donor conference which will be held in the Maldives from 28 – 29 March.
Dr Ali expressed his hope to continue relations and support for the Maldives.
Separately, the Vice President today met with senior officials of the IDB Group.
The Group gave a presentation on the functions of its different entities in the IDB Group and on the relationship between the Maldives and IBD.
Dr Waheed and Minister of State for Finance and Treasury Mr Ahmed As-ad briefed the Group on the key developmental areas of the government.
The officials said that IDB Group will participate at the Maldives donor conference and expressed willingness to work closely with the government in realising its key development areas.
Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed, on Saturday, met with the Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia.
During the meeting, the Vice President and the Crown Prince discussed ways of enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries in all fields.
The Vice President noted that Maldives and Saudi Arabia had always shared close bilateral ties and expressed the government’s desire to continue these relations. He also thanked Saudi government for the generous assistances rendered to the Maldives in all areas of development.
Briefing the Crown Prince on the purpose of his visit to Saudi Arabia, Vice President expressed hope that Saudi government would participate at the Maldives donor conference.
The Crown Prince assured that Saudi Arabia would continue to support and assist the Maldives. He also said that Saudi Arabia would participate at the donor conference.
Vice President’s visit to Saudi Arabia is to rally support for the Maldives donor conference.
Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed has today briefed Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) on the investment opportunities available in the Maldives.
Speaking at a meeting hosted by the Chairman of RCCI Dr Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Jeraisi, the Vice President said that the Maldives was now open for business and that Maldives would welcome Saudi investors. He said that Maldives was specifically looking for investors in areas such as housing, infrastructure, providing utilities and renewable energy.
Stating that the government’s policy was to promote private sector, Dr Waheed said that assistance was needed in this area.
Minister of State for Finance and Treasury Ahmed As-ad also spoke at the meeting. He stressed the importance of establishing a trade link between the two countries.
In his statement Dr Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Jeraisi welcomed the Vice President to Saudi Arabia. He also highlighted the importance of exchanging visits of business delegations between both countries to explore business and investment opportunities.