President decides to seek parliamentary consideration to join OACPS

  • Maldives
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PUBLISHED 12 January 2022

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has announced his decision to seek approval from the Parliament of the Maldives to join the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS). The cabinet deliberated on a paper submitted on the matter by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the cabinet session held at the President’s Office on January 11.

The OACPS is an organisation formed by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. The objectives of the organisation include sustainable development, poverty reduction and ensuring greater integration of member countries within the world’s economy.

Participation in the organisation would strengthen the Maldives' relations with Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific, as well as allow the Maldives to play a larger role in international forums on issues of national interest, such as climate change, and secure funding for development projects. It would also contribute to improved cooperation between the OACPS and European Union institutions. This would ease negotiations for better prices for Maldivian fish exports and to obtain Schengen visas for travel.

Maldives’ entry into the organisation would make it the 80th member state. Maldives is the only small island nation with developing nation status that is not a member of the organisation.