This section is intended to update and inform you of key initiatives and activities conducted by MATI during the 4th Quarter of 2019.
Please note that the following is not a comprehensive list of all of our activities, but those which we believe to be the most significant.
Other issues discussed Financial Contribution from MATI – World Tourism Day 2019 Activities and Celebrations, Dream, Decide, Develop – MoU with Ministry of Education and Maldives Association of HR Professionals, 30th AGM, Income Tax Policy, JA Manafaru (threat of strike and business disruption by TEAM), request to attend a Parliamentary minimum wage bill sub-committee meeting.
Furthermore, Dr. Simad presented the board with the story of Maldives, and how the economy has transformed since tourism was introduced to Maldives.
MATI participated in the 3rd Meeting of the Joint Meeting Mechanism to deal with the issue of Safety of Chinese Tourists in Maldives organised by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, held on the 31st of October 2019.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of Tourism, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, senior representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Health, MNDF, Maldives Customs Service, Maldives Police Service, MACL, Maldives Immigration, GAM, ADK Hospital, Villa Travels and Tours and BUCG (Beijing Urban Construction Group).
Issues discussed at the meeting included suggestions by the Chinese embassy regarding setting up an emergency alarm system (one-button) in tourist rooms for medical and other emergencies, calls for the government and the tourism stakeholders to enhance tourism facilities and increase safety awareness and strengthen security, work permit issues, Safety and Security audit and the publishing of the 5th Tourism Masterplan (May 2020).
The meeting was called as per a letter sent by MATI to the Ministry of Tourism highlighting its concerns with regard to the threat of strike and disruption at JA Manafaru by TEAM.
The meeting was attended by senior representatives of the Maldives Police Service, Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, President’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office.
Solutions and steps forward were discussed among all the stakeholders present during the meeting.
As per request, MATI attended a minimum wage sub-committee meeting called for by the People’s Majlis to discuss the setting of a minimum wage and obtain industry feedback.
As per request, MATI attended a meeting to discuss issues faced by Ha. Uligamu anchorage area and a discussion to ascertain reasons for steep decline in vessels anchoring at Ha. Uligamu.
As per the invitation of the Ministry of Economic Development, MATI submitted 2 representatives to the Labour Task Force and Migrant Workers Task Force tasked with reforming of labour related issues and rules and regulations as well as tackling illegal immigration.
As per an invitation from the Maldives Customs Service, MATI nominated a representative to the Customs Valuation Committee tasked with tasked with strengthening and streamlining processes and systems related to import and export).
After consultation with members of MATI, MATI offered comments to the proposed seaplane operations security minimum requirement regulation by MNDF and the Ministry of Defence.
MATI’s opinion was that requirements and procedures listed in the proposed regulation were not feasible and suggested comments for a re-drafting.
MATI sent letters to HEP Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and the Minister of Finance conveying concerns and suggestions submitted by its members, related to the Income Tax Bill.
Furthermore, MATI met with the Minister of Finance on the 27th of October 2019 to discuss these issues.
As per an invitation, MATI attended a meeting organised by the Ministry of Tourism on the 15th of October 2019 to discuss the re-drafting of the Tour Guide regulation as well issue of airport passes. After consultation with members, MATI later submitted comments to the regulation.