India and the Maldives conducted the 4th Defence Cooperation Dialogue (DCD) in Male.
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The DCD is the highest institutionalised interactive mechanism between the two countries. It charts the future course of relations between both Armed Forces.
Tourism is the mainstay of the Maldivian economy. The country is now a major tourist destination for some Indians and a job destination for others.
In August 2021, Afcons, an Indian company, signed a contract for the largest-ever infrastructure project in Maldives which is the Greater Male Connectivity Project (GMCP).
Defence cooperation extends to the areas of Joint Exercises – “Ekuverin”, “Dosti”, “Ekatha” and “Operation Shield” (begun in 2021).
India provides the largest number of training opportunities for the Maldivian National Defence Force (MNDF), meeting around 70% of their defence training requirements.
The signing of a USD 80-million contract for the Addu reclamation and shore protection project.
In 2022, the National College for Policing and Law Enforcement (NCPLE) was inaugurated by India’s External Affairs Minister.
NCPLE is the largest grant project executed by India in the Maldives.