US Development Finance Corporation Explores Investment Opportunities in the Maldives

The United States Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is engaged in discussions with the Maldivian government regarding potential investments in the country, according to Donald Lu, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs at the US Department of State.

Speaking at a panel discussion at the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), Lu highlighted the Maldives’ current economic challenges, noting the significant debt repayment burden the nation faces in 2026. Lu emphasized the importance of mutually beneficial private-sector investment as a solution for smaller countries like the Maldives.

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Lu referenced his recent visit to the Maldives in January, where he observed ample investment opportunities. He confirmed that discussions are underway to establish an investment agreement that would enable the DFC to provide funding to the Maldives.

This potential investment comes after the Maldives’ Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Mohamed Saeed, alluded to an upcoming trade delegation from the Maldives to the US. To date, there have been no other official announcements regarding specific investment agreements between the two countries.

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