France and Maldives

Political relations

France does not have a diplomatic representation in Malé and it is therefore the French embassy in Colombo (Sri Lanka) which represents France in the Maldives.

President Nasheed was received in Paris on 13 October 2011, by the Minister of State, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and the Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing. On that occasion, the Minister of Ecology signed a letter of intent with his counterpart from the Maldives, Mohamed Aslam, bringing into effect the Maldives’ adherence to the Paris-Nairobi initiative which aims to facilitate the archipelago’s access to clean energy. The Maldivian Environment Minister visited France several times in 2015 in preparation for the Paris Climate Conference.

Economic relations

In 2016, trade between France and the Maldives totalled €39 million, a 11.8% year-on-year decrease. French exports to the Maldives reached €19 million mainly composed of agrifood products and cosmetics. Imports from the Maldives reached €20.1 million and are dominated by the agrifood sector.

In 2016, there were approximately 40,000 French visitors to the Maldives.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

An Alliance Française branch was inaugurated on 2 December 2009 in Malé. A two-year training programme for Maldivian teachers of the French language was launched in 2009 by the government of the Maldives with €10,000 of French co-financing.

On 2 December 2009, France signed a funding convention for the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM) with the Republic of Maldives with the aim of carrying out the “Cartography of Maldives and Climate Change” project. The project is co-financed by the FFEM for the amount of €1.5 million.

As part of a post-tsunami programme, the French Development Agency has financed two ports on the islands of Ungoofaaru and Manadhoo for a total of €5 million.

Updated: 10.07.17

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