The government of Japan has donated a fire engine to the Maldives.
According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the donation was part of “The Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Project (GGP)” .
NDMA further states that they officially handed over the fire engine to the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) Fire and Rescue Services after it cleared the customs process.
As President Solih's administration reaches its one year milestone, Japan has been a committed donor of international aid. Likewise, the Maldives has acquired a variety of Disaster Reduction Equipment by Japanese enterprises under the “Non-Project Grant Aid for Provision of Japanese Disaster Reduction Equipment for 2014”. MNDF confirms receiving a total of 24 fire-fighting resources, including 13 fire-fighting vehicles, nine chemical tender vehicles, and two rescue vehicles, as well as 300 fire-fighting suits.
Moreover, Japan has previously donated medical equipment worth US$2.8 million to the Ministry of Health in addition to assets worth USD 2 million to the Maldives Police Service.
President Solih has thanked the Japanese government and its people for countless aid efforts to the Maldives in the past, during his official visit to Japan to attend the Enthronement ceremony of the Emperor of Japan, Naruhito.
Japan has been the single largest aid donor to the Maldives, helping the country progress in infrastructural development and virtually all socio-economic spheres: from health to education, to climate-resilience and environmental conservation