10 November 2005 Male’ – A delegation of the Japanese Parliamentarians Federations for Population arrived this afternoon in the Maldives, to observe Japanese-funded Tsunami projects implemented by the UNFPA in partnership with the Government of Maldives. The visit was organised by the Asian Population and Development Association (APDA).

The six-member delegation was welcomed on arrival at the Male’ International Airport by the Executive Director of Department of External Resources, Dr. Hussain Niyaz and UNFPA Maldives Assistant Representative, Ms. Dunya Maumoon.During the three-day visit in the Maldives, members of the delegation will be meeting with the Speaker of the People’s Majlis, Mr. Ahmed Zahir and Members of the Parliament, to discuss ways to strengthen partnership and regional cooperation among Asian Parliamentarians to cope with emergency and post-emergency situations.

The Japanese delegation will also hold meetings with the Minister of Health, Mr. Ilyas Ibrahim and the Chief Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Centre, Minister of Defense and National Security, Mr. Ismail Shafeeu, to discuss ongoing recovery programmes.

The delegation will tour Male’ to view some of the Japanese-assisted projects and visit Tsunami-impacted atolls and islands where UNFPA supported projects are being implemented. The delegation had visited India and Sri Lanka before arriving in the Maldives on their tour of the Tsunami-impacted countries.

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