The parliament passed with a 60-vote majority on Thursday the MVR26.7 billion (US$1.7 billion) budget proposed for 2017, approving the government’s spending plans and revenue raising measures without any revisions.
The move comes after hundreds of Maldivians planning to travel during the school holiday season queued for hours outside the only Bank of Maldives branch in Malé that sold dollars. Eyewitnesses told the Maldives Independent that queue token numbers were sold for up to MVR500 last week.
The government of the Maldives has paid US$271million in damages to Indian infrastructure firm, GMR, for the abrupt termination of a lucrative contract to develop and manage the country’s main airport.
The government awarded today a project worth MVR161.8 million (US$10.4 million) to Alia Construction to convert the Equatorial Convention Centre in Addu City to a 100-bed hospital.
A minister told the parliament’s budget review committee Thursday that the government did not plan to exempt Maldivians from paying the proposed US$25 Airport Development Charge.
A US$25 airport development charge, a “congestion tax” and increased import duties for tobacco and fizzy drinks are among a raft of revenue-raising measures proposed in the 2017 state budget
Along with an ambitious infrastructure scale-up, the finance minister said the budget is geared towards bringing the Maldives’ growing debt on a sustainable footing
Yameen is being accused of cracking down on businesses owned by lawmakers loyal to his half-brother, following a renewed bid by the government to seize properties from Gasim’s Villa Group and Saleem’s Red Wave company, and the cancellation of a lucrative contract awarded to a third lawmaker.
Indian infrastructure firm, GMR, has won at least US$250million in damages from the Maldivian government for abruptly cancelling a lucrative contract to develop and manage the country’s main airport
As of August this year, Chinese arrivals have fallen by -11.5 percent, prompting Mega Maldives Airlines, which pioneered direct flights to China, to downsize and freeze hiring plans.
Maldives Ports Limited CEO Mohamed Junaidh told the press this morning that Meridiam Services has been billing for 160,000 litres a month despite MPL’s vehicles needing only 60,000 litres, resulting in a loss of MVR1.2 million (US$78,000) every month.
The civil court granted the temporary order pending a judgment in a lawsuit filed by Meridiam Services, which claims the Maldives Ports Limited is buying diesel from other suppliers in breach of an agreement signed last April.
The US$150m loan will be used to service the Maldives’ foreign debt. The opposition claims the move is a signal that the Maldives is heading towards a balance of payment crisis.
The State Trading Organisation, the largest state-owned enterprise and the country’s primary wholesaler, has assured its shareholders that a merger with the debt-ridden state fisheries company will not result in losses.
Yameen said he had no choice but to hike food prices following a backlash from within his own party. The opposition has meanwhile accused him of mismanaging the economy
President Abdulla Yameen has decided to bring the debt-ridden and loss-making state-owned Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company under the umbrella of the behemoth State Trading Organisation.
Shops across the Maldives reported running out of food staples on Friday as customers rushed to buy rice, flour and sugar following an abrupt announcement by the government that it plans to cut food subsidies starting on Saturday