Maldives Discards Written Approval Requirement for Resort Share Transfer

On Sunday, the Maldives government amended regulations to allow resort owners and operators to transfer shares without obtaining a prior approval from the Tourism Ministry.

The amendment eliminates the following clauses:

  • Requirement for a prior written permission from the tourism ministry for share transfers related to tourism businesses.
  • The requirement to submit a share certificate issued by the economic ministry to the tourism ministry upon completion of share transfer.

Earlier, businesses were required to submit a share transfer certificate – issued by the Economic Ministry – upon completion of the transfer to the tourism ministry. However, the adjustment discontinues obligation. However, should the ministry get notified of a share transfer, they will continue to seek public complaints.

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