Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed has today met with the Indian Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Climate Change Mr Shyam Saran. The meeting was held this morning at the President’s Office.

At the meeting, Dr Waheed briefed Mr Shyam Saran on the effects of climate change on the Maldives, such as coastal erosion and other public health related problems.

Vice President Dr Waheed also spoke on the investment opportunities in the Maldives for Indian businessmen, especially in forming partnerships with the provincial utilities companies.

Special Envoy Mr Shyam Saran said India would provide assistance to the Maldives in combating the effects of climate change. Further, he said that Indian government was planning to establish a monsoon research centre and that it would want to include the Maldives in its research.