President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih met with Mr Zhang Lizhong, the Chinese Ambassador to the Maldives and officials of China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), on Sunday at the President’s Office. The discussions were focussed on potential areas of cooperation, especially in the field of infrastructural development.
At the meeting, also attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid and Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment Ahmed Mahloof, officials of CMEC shared the proposed conceptual designs of the Olympic-standard stadium to be developed in Hulhumalé. The concept proposed by CMEC centred around the Maldives’ natural resources and environment.
Speaking at the meeting, President Solih highlighted the vibrant bilateral relations that exist between the two countries and noted the importance of China as a development partner for the Maldives. He also emphasised China’s continued role and assistance in infrastructure development in the Maldives.
The new stadium is to be built in preparation to host the 11th Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) scheduled to be held in 2023.