India to extend cooperation with Maldives, says External Affairs Minister

India’s External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna has said India will shortly embark on extensive renovation work of Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) in Male’, as well as construct a Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Studies by 2013.

Other major projects being considered by the Indian government include  the establishment of a Development Finance Institution in Maldives, promotion of the Maldives as a filming destination, and creating the infrastructure for an IT village, reported South Asian news agency ANI.

“The bilateral cooperation between India and Maldives is on a high trajectory in recent times with both sides embarking on comprehensive, forward looking, pragmatic and mutually beneficial initiatives and projects. We have been working together on increasing connectivity and closer economic integration,” Krishna said.

President Mohamed Nasheed has invited Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to visit the Maldives in November 2011.