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UNOPS Regional Director for Asia, Europe and Middle East visits Maldives on an official tour in Asia

UNOPS Regional Director for Asia, Europe and Middle East, Mr. Bruce McCarron visited the Maldives together with South Asia Regional Hub Director and Representative, Ms. Francoise Jacobs on 5th June 2014.

During his visit, he met with Government partner Ministers with whom UNOPS is currently implementing various developmental projects. At the Ministry of Environment and Energy, Mr. McCarron met with State Minister Abdullah Matheen and reiterated UNOPS support to the Ministry in the areas of water, sanitation and solid waste management.

UNOPS is currently implementing three projects with the Ministry of Environment and Energy worth over USD 12 Million in the areas of integrated water resource management and waste management.  During the meeting, Mr. McCarron also emphasized the importance of environmental projects in the Maldives and garner support in aid coordination with international donors.

Mr. McCarron also met with the Minister of Health, Dr. Mariyam Shakeela to discuss the challenges in the health sector, particularly in the public sector health procurement and supply chain management of medicines and consumables. UNOPS project on strengthening public sector health procurement had achieved to provide immense savings for the Government during the past year. The project is currently under closure and in transition to handover to the Ministry of Health. The Regional Director recapitulated that UNOPS will continue to support in providing assistance as required.

Mr. McCarron paid a courtesy call on Dr. Akjemal Magtymova, WHO Representative and Resident Coordinator a.i., to briefly discuss UNOPS strategy in the Maldives and its support to the Government of Maldives. He took the opportunity to express gratitude to Dr. Akjemal for the support provided to UNOPS and collaboration in creating synergies and implementing health sector related projects in the past.

Mr. McCarron met with the UNOPS team based in the Maldives to discuss project implementation progresses and the challenges the teams faced during implementation. He advised the team to stay focused on achieving the developmental goals UNOPS had pledged to the Government of Maldives respite the challenges. He further informed regarding the internal changes UNOPS is currently undergoing in order to provide efficient, effective and transparent services to the field offices and its partners. He also requested the team to strengthen coordination with the recently established South Asia operation hub based in Sri Lanka.

Mr. McCarron concluded his visit on 5th June and continued the mission to Sri Lanka, where the South Asia operations hub is based.

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