US looks to boost technical aid to Maldives

A top delegation from the United States (US) has arrived in Maldives to hold discussions over boosting technical aid to the archipelago, foreign ministry said Thursday.

Officials from the US state department, commerce and the US embassy in Colombo are in the country to meet with the relevant stakeholders to identify and prioritise on technical assistance to the Maldives in key areas, such as public financial management, rule of law, human rights, good governance, and strengthening of civil society, a foreign ministry statement read.

"They will also explore future US support for justice sector reform and provide technical assistance to the government," the statement said adding that the visits are a continuation of conversations begun by Alaina B. Teplitz, US Ambassador to Maldives, during her visit to the country last November.

The ministry said US commerce department officials would hold discussions with the Maldives' planning, finance, economic development, transport and environment ministries in addition to the Attorney General’s Office, and Maldives Ports Limited.

"Similarly, the team led by the US State Department Rule of Law Advisor, Stephen Andersson held discussions with the Prosecutor General’s Office, Maldives Police Services, Maldives Monetary Authority, Judicial Services Commission, Presidential Commissions for Corruption and Asset Recovery and the Presidential Commissions for Murders and Enforced Disappearances in the fields of rule of law reform, transitional justice and good governance."