Maldives flag Maldives: Investing in the Maldives

Investment framework and opportunities in the Maldives

Procedures Relative to Foreign Investment

Acquisition of Holdings
Maldives allows foreign investors to register companies and partnerships but does not allow them to register cooperative societies or as sole proprietor.
Foreign investment in certain sectors is still restricted (e.g. wholesale and retail trade, logistics activities, food and beverage service activities, broadcasting, rental and leasing activities, etc.) while others have a cap on foreign equity ownership (manufacture of fish and agricultural products – 75%, construction of buildings and civil engineering – 65%, sea transport services – 49%, air transport services – 65%, etc.). Furthermore, foreign parties cannot own land but can lease for periods no longer than 99 years for business activity under certain regimes.
Obligation to Declare
The Ministry of Economic Development screens and reviews all foreign investment proposals. It also manages the process for business incorporations, permits, licenses and registration of logos, trade markets, seals, and other processes.
Competent Organisation For the Declaration
Invest Maldives
Ministry of Economic Development

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Investment Opportunities

Investment Aid Agency
Foreign Investment Services Bureau (FISB)
Tenders, Projects and Public Procurement
Tenders Info, Tenders in Maldives
Tenders (Ministry of Finance, Republic of Maldives), Tenders in Maldives
DgMarket, Tenders Worldwide
Other Useful Resources
Maldives National Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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