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Maldives and ADB

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The Maldives consists of over 1,190 islands, spanning approximately 900 kilometers along the Indian Ocean. Only 188 of these islands are inhabited, and the population is concentrated in a few of the larger islands. Malé, the capital, is home to 39% of the country’s total population of roughly 341,200 people, and only 19 other islands have populations exceeding 2,000 people.

The Government of the Maldives has been encouraging the population living in the outer atolls to relocate to the Greater Male’ Region to mitigate the pressure on the public sector budget in order to promote more efficient public expenditure on economic and social services. The government has requested ADB to shift the focus of its assistance to developing the region.

The Maldives is a member of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program.

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