India grants Maldives MVR14m for convention centre, police academy

Indian government has provided grant aid worth MVR14.8 million (US$960,000) to build an international convention centre on Alif Alif Ukulhas island and finance projects at a police academy training school on Dhaalu Vaanee island.The MVR7.8 million convention centre on Ukulhas would “provide a venue for the local council, guest house owners and business communities to host conferences thereby promoting MICE [meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions] tourism,” the foreign ministry said in a statement Wednesday.The Equatorial Convention Centre built in Addu City for the 2011 SAARC summit is in the process of being converted to a 100-bed hospital. Last year, the Maldivian Democratic Party held its congress in Ukulhas after the government refused to lease the convention centre in Malé.................


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