The United Arab Emirates offered US$10 millions to support development in the Maldives. This came during The Maldives Donors Conference 2010" concluded in the capital, Malé.
The state participated in the conference with a delegation headed by His Excellency Dr. Maitha Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State.. The delegation comprised His Excellency Mahmoud Mohamed Mahmoud, UAE Ambassador to Sri Lanka, HE Mohammed Seif Al Suwaidi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and HE Mohammed Ali Al Bastaky, deputy director of Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation.
HE Al Shamsi conveyed to the participants in the Conference the greetings of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, head of the State "may God save and bless him", His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and their Highnesses' wishes of all success for the Conference.
She reviewed in the UAE speech to the conference, the State approach and policy under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, head of the State "may Allah protect him" in support of development processes in all the countries of the world; affirming that the UAE has been a pioneer in providing material and moral support of many development, educational and health projects in the Maldives, whether at the governmental or institutional level such as the ADFD and Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation.
She said that such contributions confirm the UAE commitment and keenness on supporting development efforts around the world.
HE expressed, on behalf of the UAE Government, her hope for the desired objectives of the conference to be achieved through cooperation and constructive discussions and the efforts of the participant countries, stressing the UAE commitment towards foreign aids, which she considers one of the main pillars of the UAE foreign policy.
HE Maitha Al Shamsi pointed out that the State is always keen to provide development aid and humanitarian assistance to many countries of the world without discrimination in order to assist them in achieving their development goals since all forms of the aids are one of the scopes of economic and social cooperation and there are ties of friendship between countries and peoples based on sincere dealings and noble goals.
She said that the UAE had made financial contributions to push the development process in the Maldives through a number of agencies and institutions, most important of which is the ADFD. Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation also contributed to the support and development of health services and health care in the Maldives.