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GENERAL INFORMATION FOR INVESTORS IN THE MALDIVES
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|Why invest in Maldives?|
|Foreign investors are offered a transparent policy
environment. The law on foreign investments (Law 25/79) guaranttees
the security of investments. In addition our liberal trade environment,
dynamic private sector and development-oriented legal structure all
contribute to a conducive climate for trade and investment. The Maldives
has a strong record of political stability resulting from homogenous
nature of our society with one culture, one religion and one language.
Thus the ethnic and political unrest that can disrupt economic activities
elsewhere are non-existent in the Maldives.
The country is an income tax and corporate tax haven. The vast untapped potential in natural marine recources and the young, energetic and trainable workforce are strong inducements to invest in the Maldives, as has been proven by many successful foreign investors.
The number of foreign companies investing in the Maldives has been increasing every year. Their services range from management and accounting services, air transport, resort management to manufacturing.
The Maldives will continue to attract and promote foreign investment in to the country. There will be an emphasis on promotion of investment activities that:-
» Are Capital intensive
» Enhance transfer of technology
» Introduce new skills
» Are Environmentally friendly
|Incentives offered =No income taxes, corporate taxes or property taxes.|Back to top||
Exemption of import duty on raw material
» Right to 100% foreign ownership
» Legally backed investment guarantee
» Overseas arbitration of disputes
» Freedom to repatriate profits and capital proceeds
» Long term lease of land for large scale projects
» Freedom to use foreign managerial, technical and unskilled workers.
» No exchange restrictions
|Clear guidelines, laws and regulations are set up to highlight.|Back to top||
Term of investment
» Duty exemption
» Dispute settlement
» Levies and fees
|Guidelines -A.|Back to top||
|Natural resources and technical know-how in the Maldives
are extremely limited, Therefore, in order to improve the economic
and social infrastructure of the country, foreign collaboration is
needed to utilize the local labour and the available resources along
with potential foreign resources to transform the economic strength
through capital investment and utilization of technology, expanded
knowledge and efficiency, and improved organizational and managerial
Investors are invited to utilize the prevailing opportunities by exploring the possibility of initiating mutually beneficial investment projects.
However, the security of the investment, exemption or relief of taxes and other facilities are provided and guaranteed to the investors as stipulated in the government Act relating to "Foreign Investment in the Maldives."
Preference will be given to investment
projects which satisfy the following: |Back
|Guidelines -B.|Back to top||
(a) The Ministry of Trade and Industries will appraise the technical and financial aspects of the projects in consultation with other concerned Departments and Ministries of the Goverment. The decision of the Government as to the application will be made and passed on to the applicant as soon as possible. The length of time required to reach a decision in respect of a licence application depends largely on the completeness and adequacy of the supporting data.
(b) Investors are required to assess local conditions relating to the investment and submit to this Ministry a comprehensive feasibility report, draft copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association together with a recognized bank reference and the completed form issued to the investor by this Ministry.
(c) When an investment proposal is submitted to this Ministry for consideration, the proposed capital of the said investment should be clearly stated in a convertible currency acceptable to this Ministry.
(d) If the Government's decision is favourable to the project, a licence is issued in the name of the applicant which remains valid so long as the project is implemented within a period of six months, (or within some other period of time, specifically stated in the licence, as special circumstances may warrant).
(e) Under certain circumstances, so that a prospective investor may be assured of a licence after he! she has incurred the expenses of making feasibility and technical studies needed to obtain a licence. the Government v ill issue a letter of Intent.
(f) Besides the information called for by the application, the applicant should include in a covering letter. any other information relevant to the proposed venture such as the terms and conditions of foreign participation (if any), or a draft agreement between a foreign investor/s and Maldivian share participant/s.
(g) The holder of an industrial licence is required to register his/her company within 7 days of issuance of the licence, with the Ministry of Trade, and Industries, Male'.
(h) The investor/s approved for a certain project is/are required
to maintain 1-9 percent of the approved capital with the local bank
agreeable to the Ministry of Trade and Industries, prior to the
commencement of his/her/their investment project. This deposit base
should grow to 25 percentage of the approved capital within 1 year
of operations, or a bank guarantee to cover this difference of 15
percent would suffice.
|Book-keeping and returns.|Back to top||
|1. By or on behalf of the management o f the investment
corporations, companies and foundations carrying on business in the
Maldives for profit, must keep the books in a way to clearly reflect
the expenditures and revenues.
2. The book-keeping referred to should be maintained in terms of Maldivian Rufiyaa, United States Dollars or in any foreign currency acceptable the Ministry of Trade and Industries. It must contain a continuous record of cash on hand as well as regularly kept and up to date statement of debtors and creditors. At the end of every financial year or, failing this, of every calendar year, the books should be closed by drawing up the relative balance sheets and profit and loss statements.
3. The books and the supporting documents must not be destroyed without prior permission of the Ministry
4. The Books and the supporting documents should be kept in Dhivhei or English Language.
5. If so required, the management of the investment is obliged. for auditing purpose, to show the book-keeping and supporting documents to the authorised officials of the Ministry of Trade and Industries.
6. He who willfully submits or presents for inspection a false or falsified Statements(s) document(s), as if it were genuine and unfalsified, to the authorised officials of the Ministry of Trade and Industries, will be dealt with and referred to the Maldivian Court of Law.
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