The policy of the Government of Maldives envisages development partners specializing in providing assistance to certain sectors or thematic areas to reduce duplication and overlap, and to minimize aid transaction costs. In addition to providing much-needed assistance for capacity development, ADB’s investment operations will be limited to three sectors: energy; transport; and microenterprises and small- and medium-sized enterprises, with an emphasis in private sector development.
ADB approved the Maldives interim country partnership strategy, 2012–2013, in December 2011. It focuses on developing small and medium-sized enterprises, and the energy and transport sectors, and on key thematic priorities of private sector development and capacity development for policy reform and project implementation. The interim CPS will also support interventions in human resource development for key government agencies.
ADB’s latest country operations business plan (COBP) for the Maldives identifies lending and nonlending programs for 2013-2015 in line with the direction and strategic priorities shown in the interim CPS.