Tourism industry is the largest sector in which foreign investment is common. The Maldives in the early days of tourism had a relaxed policy to attract investments. This has facilitated private sector involvement and rapid growth in the sector based on market forces. All the islands used as resorts are leased by the government for private individuals or companies. Multinational companies and hoteliers like Hilton Hotels, Club Med,
Four Season and One and Only etc… run and manage resorts in the Maldives today. Many Maldives resort owners assign management contracts with foreign companies and some of these resorts are solely managed and owned by such companies.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tourism sector attracts foreign investment in Maldives<br /> The industry now is very much regulated by the government of the Maldives. Tourism is now developed and managed according to country wide policy based on a master plan. This task is carried out by the Ministry of Tourism. The ministry in the light of their development plan decides how many beds will be allocated in the country for tourists in a given period. In Maldives the resorts are self contained island communities with all the amenities on the island. Each of these small islands is a resort. The government leases these islands to private parties to develop as tourist resorts. Bidding of the islands are regulated under Maldives Tourism Act 1999. Under this Act any island which is to be developed as a resort shall go on public bid.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The bid document is issued by the Ministry of Tourism and it has to be submitted to the ministry before allocated time for each bidding process. The winning bidder is decided based on certain criteria they have set. This year Maldives government annouced that they will lease 35 islands for resort development. Bid documents are available from the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation. As tourism sector is a wide industry there are scope for investments in many different related activities such as supply of goods and other services to this industry. If you need specific advice please submit your queries through our contact us form. The Maldives Tourism Act 1999</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This is an unofficial translation of Maldives Tourism Act 1999. This act has repealed the earlier version of which was introduced in 1979, the number 15/79 (Law on Tourism in the Maldives) and Act No. 3/94 (Law on Leasing of Uninhabited Islands for the Development of Tourist Resorts).</p>
Oral Communication Samir Ali Fit11
Maldives is known to be the Paradise of the World. It is famous as the ultimate romantic getaway destination for tourist. Today, the sunny side of life is meeting the darkness and strife. The Maldivian society is having a battle with several problems, including drug abuse. According to Haveeru News (2012), this problem is so deep-rooted that every Maldivian family has at least one member who is an addict. UNICEF statistics show that the average age for first time drug users is twelve. Due to this, drug abuse has become a national issue that urgently requires a solution.
HOW DRUGS ARE INTRODUCED TO MALDIVES?
According to the Police Sergeant Imran (2012), in 1972, with the advent of tourism in the country, drugs were introduced in Maldives..
As UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) claims in a country report 1998 that official recognition of the problem came in 1977 when a person was arrested with 350 grams of hashish. As a result, the first principal legislative act of the Maldives dealing with narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances (Law No 17/77 - The Law on Drugs) was passed the same year in order to stop it. A drug centre was established for the first time in the Maldives in 1997.
In early days, there was not much action taken by the government. Due to this, parks and seaside areas, has become an earlier place for youth to socialize, have become sites of crime and drug use. Without hesitation, addicts are no longer afraid to deal drugs on the main streets. As a result expansion of gangs and drug-abuse as risen and become a national concern. In 5th December 2007, Maldives launches its first national campaign 'Wake up' on drug prevention.
The question is why do young Maldivians turn into drugs? I believe that it because of lack of awareness and poor employment prospects, overcrowding on the islands and boredom among the youth due to lack of opportunities for the youth such like not enough activities. Most of the drug sellers do believe that selling drugs is an easy way of earning money. Base on the fact, Minivan News spoke anonymously to a drug addict. He claimed that he started selling drugs because it's only the opportunity where he can earn lots of money in a short period of time. He claimed to earn "at least Rf15, 000 every day" (US$1167) selling drugs, approximately Rf465, 000 per month (US$36,186).
The most common drugs use by addicts in Maldives is heroin, hashish oil, L.S.D and Alcohol. . Cocaine is being used infrequently and injecting drug use is also increasing currently. The drugs are been exported and imported by hiding the drugs in cargo items, swallowing and etc…(See the Appendix - IMAGE1.0)
As reported by Agney M. (2012) in Haveeru News, "Narcotics are easily smuggled into...
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