Business in the Maldives (Course, Master)

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Syllabus of the Subject: Foreign Trade and Business in the Maldives. Male.

  1. Introduction to the Republic of Maldives (Asia)
  2. Maldivian Economy
  3. Foreign Trade of the Maldives
  4. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the Maldives
  5. Business Opportunities in the Maldives
    1. Tourism sector
    2. Fishing sector
  6. Case Study: Villa Shipping and Trading Company. Mr Qasim Ibrahim
  7. Access to the Maldivian Market
  8. Business Plan for the Maldives

The objectives of the Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in the Republic of Maldives” are the following:

  1. To analyse the Maldivian economy and foreign trade
  2. To know the business opportunities in the Republic of Maldives
  3. To explore the Maldivian trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To know the Maldivian Free Trade Agreements
  5. To examine the profile of Maldivian Companies
  6. To develop a business plan for the Maldivian Market

The Subject “Doing Business in the Maldives” is part of the following Online Higher Education Programs taught by EENI Business School & HA University:
  1. Masters: Business in Asia, International Business, Foreign Trade, Muslim Countries
  2. Doctorates: Islamic Business, Asian Business, Global Trade

Masters and Doctorates in International Business adapted to the Maldivian Students.

Online Students, Master in International Business

The course materials are available in Master in International Business in English Study Master Doctorate Business in Spanish Maldivas Study, Master in International Business in French Maldives

Credits of the Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in the Maldives”: 0.5 ECTS Credits

Example of the Online Subject - Doing Business in the Maldives:
Master Course: Business in the Maldives





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Description of the Online Subject: Doing Business in the Maldives.

The Republic of Maldives.

Tourism and fishing sector: 40% of the Maldivian GDP

  1. Maldivian Population: 350,000.
  2. 79% under thirty-five years of age
  3. Literacy rate: 98%
  4. Maldivian capital: Male
  5. Maldivian official language: Dhivehi (Thaana Script), the majority of the Maldivians speaks English
  6. More than 1,190 Islands
  7. Tropical climate
  8. Maldivian Independence: 1968 (United Kingdom)
  9. Sunni Islam is the official religion
  10. Neighbouring countries (by Sea): India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and the Seychelles

The Maldives belongs to the Central Eurasian Economic Area (Islamic Civilisation).

Maldives Qasim Ibrahim

Maldivian Economy.

  1. The Maldivian GDP growth of 7% last twenty years
  2. The main economic sectors are tourism and fishing (40% of the GDP)
  3. Total imports: 60% of the Maldivian GDP
  4. Maldivian Petroleum: 31% of the total imports
  5. Maldivian Currency: Rufiyaa
  6. Special Economic Zones
  7. Recent investments (FDI): Hilton, Four Seasons, Club Med, KPMG, and Price Waterhouse
  8. The largest port in the Maldives: Male. Future Port of Thilafushi
  9. The Maldives has not mineral resources
  10. Risk of natural disasters
  11. Effects of the Asian tsunami (2004): near 62% of the GDP

International Trade of the Maldives.

  1. Maldivian merchandise exports (% of the GDP): 23%
  2. Maldivian Merchandise imports (% of the GDP): 23.6%
  3. Service exports (% of the GDP): 4.4%
  4. Service imports (% of the GDP): 1.4%
  5. Maldivian FDI Inflows (% of the GDP): 1.3%
  6. Top Maldivian Export Markets: China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and Bangladesh
  7. Top Maldivian import suppliers: China, Russia, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Germany, and Turkey

The Maldives has preferential access (Free Trade Agreements)...

  1. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India
  2. South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)
  3. South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC)
  4. Asian Clearing Union (ACU)

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC, Doctorate)

South Asia Economic Cooperation

The Maldives is a member of...

  1. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
  2. Islamic Development Bank
  3. World Customs Organisation
  4. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  5. Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  6. Boao Forum for Asia
  7. Maldives-Middle East (AMED)
  8. Africa-Asia Strategic Partnership (NAASP)


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