The need for an established foreign service cadre has culminated even before the Maldives has gained its Independence from Britain in July 1965,which has in time, evolved and materialized in the creation of the Foreign Service Bill, aimed at creating a specialized diplomatic cadre in the Maldives. FOSIM's role in delivering the provisions of the Bill which when enacted, would be significant. In addition to being the training arm of the Ministry, FOSIM aspires to create awareness and stimulate debate amongst government institutions about the foreign affairs of the country, which would in turn help shape its engagement with the international community.

Given the context, with Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Dr. Asim's profound commitment and forward looking vision on developing and professionalization of the Maldives foreign service, this booklet gives an overview of its programmes and activities planned for the years 2017-2020.