Factsheet : Maldives

Official Title:
Republic of Maldives


General Information

Capital: Malé
Population (million): .35
Total Area: 298km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 11.3414 Rufiyaa (MVR) (2016- Annual average)
National Holiday: Independence Day, 26 July
Language(s): Maldivian Dhivehi (dialect of Sinhala, script derived from Arabic), English commonly used in gov’t


Political Information

Type of State:
Republic

Type of Government:
Single Legislative Chamber: People’s Council or Majlis.

Head of State:
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom

Head of Government:
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Dr. Mohamed Asim
Economic Development: Mr. Mohamed Saeed
Finance: Mr. Ahmed Munawar

Main Political Parties:
Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Republican Party (JP), Maldives Development Alliance (MDA), Justice Party (AP)

Elections:
Presidential and parliamentary (Majilis) held every five years (last: 7 September to 16 November 2013 and 22 March 2014, respectively).


Economic Information (2016)

Comparative figures
Type Maldives Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 4.48 2,026.59
GDP per capita: ($) 12,661.54 55,938.56
GDP growth rate: (%) 3.91 1.43
Inflation: (%) 0.86 1.41
Unemployment: (%) 0 7

Product Trade and Investment (2016)

Canadian exports to country: $20,018,454
Canadian imports from country: $1,489,790
FDI in Canada: $ million
CDI in Maldives: $ million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Representative Ahmed Sareer (NT, US)

Canadian Representation Abroad:
High Commissioner Shelley Whiting (Colombo, SRI)


July 2017
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the statistic is unavailable.
Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Maldives
Year Exports Imports
2012 $4,780,995 $882,609
2013 $9,569,022 $475,639
2014 $18,139,898 $912,951
2015 $19,184,204 $1,092,635
2016 $20,018,454 $1,489,790
Product trade (2016)
21 HS Sections
Canada - Maldives
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $ $669,207
02 Veg. Prod. $3,377 $
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $ $
04 Food Prod. $26,597 $
05 Mineral Prod. $12,918 $
06 Chemical Prod. $128,246 $
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $159,462 $1,602
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $ $34,251
09 Wood Prod. $1,502,449 $
10 Paper Prod. $90,159 $
11 Textiles Prod. $8,309 $46,103
12 Dress Access. $199 $
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $13,252 $
14 Precious Metals/stones $ $
15 Base Metal Prod. $23,897 $215
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $5,984,799 $714,474
17 Vehicles and Equip. $9,869,598 $23,938
18 Specialized Inst. $581,072 $
19 Arms & Ammunition $ $
20 Misc. Articles $45,092 $
21 Antiques $ $