Civil Service Commission (CSC) of Maldives signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) to obtain short-term capacity development training programmes for the officials of Maldives, on September 28, 2016.

Maldives' CSC President Dr.Aly Shameem and ASCI's Director General Prof.Paramita Dasgupta signed an MoU in the presence of the Chairman of the ASCI, K.Padmanabhaiah at Bella Vista, Hyderabad. The Director of the Civil Service Training Institute, Maldives, Fathimath Habeeba, ASCI Deans--Prof.Nirmalya Bagchi (Dean of Research Studies) and Prof.Usha Ramachandra (Dean of Training Programmes)--were also present.

"ASCI shall assist CSC to develop training programmes and materials required by CSC and help it's curriculum developers/trainers to develop new programmes and materials or adapt ASCI programmes and materials for CSC use," according to the MoU.

Mr.Padmanabhaiah stressed upon the issues related to India-Maldives relations and touched upon the possible areas of collaboration. Prof.Paramita Dasgupta said that ASCI shall assist in organising exchange of experts and consultancy service as needed by Maldives Civil Service apart from sharing information, research publication and experiences generated by the institution.

"For being our historic friend, closest neighbour, and great development partner, Maldives always admires India. ASCI is observed as an ideal learning laboratory and encyclopedia for civil or public servants of Maldives. For, ASCI offers multiple scopes for talent and skill development as well as enhancement of knowledge and real-time experiences," Maldives' CSC President Dr.Aly Shameem said. "We will also like to seek the assistance of ASCI, a rich resource centre, in locating experts and consultants in running reform and developmental projects towards modernizing, strengthening and economizing Maldives Civil Services," he added.

He invited a delegation from ASCI to visit Maldives in the near future to operationalize the MoU.