The proposed interim country partnership strategy (CPS) for 2014-2015 extends the validity of the existing interim CPS 2012-2013. This is being done to fill the gap until the next full CPS 2015-2019 is in place. The full CPS will be aligned with the long-term national development strategy, which the government is working on and is expected to be in place by early 2015.
The unique political developments of 2012 and 2013 in the Maldives (culminating in successful parliamentary elections in March 2014) caused a delay in the formulation of the national development strategy, thus impacting ADB’s work on the full CPS.
ADB approved the interim CPS 2012-2013 in December 2011. It focused 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 also supported interventions in human resource development for key government agencies.
The priority sectors for the proposed interim CPS 2014-2015 will be the same as those for the existing interim CPS, but focusing on the energy and transport sectors. As in the previous interim CPS, support for capacity building will continue.