Hon’ble President, Speaker of the People’s Majlis Mr Mohamed Nasheed and a parliamentary all party delegation from Maldives paid courtesy visit to Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani here in Gandhinagar today.
The objective of the visit by 87 members of the delegation was to study autonomy of local self-government organizations, maritime trade of the state, as well as industrial development.
Welcoming the delegation Mr. Rupani said that the visit will strengthen bilateral ties between the Maldives and Gujarat. Briefing about the 1600 km long coastline of Gujarat, he said that there are tremendous opportunities between Maldives and Gujarat in the shipping and fishing industry.
Hon’ble President Mohamed Nasheed recalled that Maldives had trade relations with Gujarat since the 17th to 18th centuries as well as Gujarati’s were the first community to visit Maldives from other countries. Goods sent from Gujarat to far Eastern countries go through Maldives. This effort will be important in their nation’s intention to make Maldives a maritime hub.
Mr. Rupani responded to the proposition by the Malidives delegation by promising to further study their request and discuss it with the Central Government. He handed over a replica of Statue of Unity to Mr Mohamed Nasheed.
Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. K. Kailashnathan; Principal Secretary Mr. Manojkumar Das and Secretary Mr. Ashwini Kumar attended the meeting
Source: Information Department, Gujarat