USAID to Establish Permanent Country Office in Maldives
In a collaborative effort with the American Congress, USAID Administrator Samantha Power has announced the establishment of a permanent USAID Country Office in the Maldives.
The newly established office is to execute USAID’s development programs, fostering a more democratic, prosperous, and resilient Maldives.
Having provided support to Maldives since 2001, USAID has been actively involved in various areas, including disaster response capabilities, environmental resource conservation, and addressing climate-related challenges.
The office’s objectives include strengthening partnerships with the Maldivian government and its people, promoting people-to-people ties between the United States and the Maldives, and implementing tailored development programs aligned with the country’s priorities.
The bilateral relationship has been further solidified with the formal establishment of the US embassy in the Maldives and the appointment of a resident ambassador.
Simultaneously, Maldives has officially reinstated its embassy in the United States.
USAID Maldives will continue its focus on supporting democracy, improving transparency, strengthening public financial management, addressing climate change impacts, and increasing public engagement in democratic processes.
A statement from USAID emphasises the ongoing collaboration with key government officials, ministries, civil society leaders, communities, the private sector, and development partners to enhance Maldives’ resilience and accelerate progress. Maldives is acknowledged as a valuable partner for the United States in the Indo-Pacific region and international forums.