GS Paper - 2 (International Relations)

Indian Prime Minister and Maldivian President launched the "Greater Male connectivity projects in the Maldives" and also entered pacts in areas like cyber security, disaster management, and police infrastructure development.

What

  1. The Male connectivity projects will be built under India's $100 million grant and $400 million line of Credit. India also extended a $100 million line of credit for development projects in the Maldives.
  2. Both countries exchanged six documents on areas like cyber security, disaster management, and police infrastructure development.
  3. Maldives is India's key neighbour in the Indian Ocean Region and occupies a special place in India's Neighbourhood First Policy. In recent years, the partnership has witnessed rapid growth in all areas of cooperation.
  4. For India, the Maldives has always been a close and important maritime neighbour. Multifaceted ties between the two countries have strengthened despite the pandemic-related disruptions.
  5. India's "Neighborhood First" policy and Maldives's "India First" policy work in tandem to tackle shared concerns and advance mutual interests.

Flashback

  1. It will consist of a 6.74 km-long bridge and causeway link between Male and nearby islands of Villingli, Gulhifalhu and Thilafushi. It will use renewable energy.
  2. It is not only the biggest project India is doing in the Maldives but also the biggest infrastructure project in the Maldives overall.