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Finland’s Ambassador to the Maldives His Excellency Mr. Kim Loutonen to visit the Maldives

UNDP Maldives, 28 March 2003- The Finnish Ambassador to the Maldives Mr. Kim Loutonen will visit the Maldives from the 28th of February to the 4th of March. During his visit, he is scheduled to officially declare open the Kendhi-kulhudhoo Social Centre. The opening ceremony is to take place on Sunday the 2nd of March in Kendhi-kulhudhoo and will be attended by the UNDP Deputy Representative for the Maldives Mr. Jan Thomas Hiemstra and the Assistant Director General of the Ministry of Atolls Administration Mr. Farook Mohamed in addition to other officials of the government and UNDP.

The Kendhikulhudhoo Social Centre was constructed by the island people with funding from the Government of Finland. The building measures 71 x 50 feet and accommodates a conference hall, a library, storage room and office space. The Minister of Atolls Mr. Abdulla Hameed laid the foundation stone of the building on The 1st of June 2002.

Early this month, the Mr. Abdulla Hameed viewed the Social Centre and addressed the people of the island and commended their work.During his visit to the Maldives Ambassador Loutonen will also sign three projects that are to receive Finnish funding under the UNDP Atoll Development Program.

This ceremony will be held on the 3rd of March at the UN Building and will be signed by the UNDP Representative and UN Resident Coordinator to the Maldives Mr. Minh H. Pham on behalf of UNDP Maldives. The three projects are:

1. The establishment of a Fruit and Vegetable market in Gan, Laamu atoll,

2. Construction of a network of rainwater collection tanks in Fonadhoo of Laamu atoll and

3. The building of a solid waste disposal and management site on the island of Manadhoo in Noonu atoll.

Mr. Kim Loutonen will also meet with governnment officials before concluding his visit on the 4th of March 2003.

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