Maldives: Greater Malé Environmental Improvement and Waste Management Project (AIIB-000278)

  • Maldives
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
Greater Malé, Thilafushi Island, Hulhulmale
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Financial Institutions
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Jul 1, 2020
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Government of Maldives
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  • Infrastructure
  • Water and Sanitation
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Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, etc.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 38.42 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 129.47 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AIIB website

Updated in EWS Jun 29, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Sep 27, 2019

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Project Description

According to bank documents, "The main objective of the project is to establish an integrated solid waste management system in Greater Malé.

The proposed project has the following components:
• Component 1 - Establishment of climate resilient regional waste management facility, including: (a) construction of a 500-ton per day (tpd) Waste-to-Energy (WTE) plant with flue gas treatment, emissions monitoring, bottom ash processing plant, and ash disposal landfill with leachate treatment ponds; (b) construction of a sorting facility to support recycling; and (c) construction of a transfer station in Hulhulmalé.
• Component 2 - Remediation and closure of existing dumpsite on Thilafushi Island.
• Component 3 - Building institutional capacity and community awareness in sustainable waste management."

Investment Description
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Tentative Co-financing:
- AIIB loan: USD38.42 million
- ADB loan: USD30 million
- ADB grant: USD30 million
- Japan Fund for the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JFJCM) grant: USD9.5 million
- Islamic Development Bank: USD15.05 million
- Government: USD6.5 million

Contact Information

Toshiaki Keicho, Sr. Investment Operations Specialist


Luca Di Mario, Urban Development Specialist

Ministry of Environment and Energy

Ahmed Murthaza, Director General



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