Maldives scraps GMR airport contract; To send ‘very negative signal’: India
The GMR Group in turn, said the decision is “being challenged by the company before the competent forums”.
The project is the largest investment for the island nation accounting for a nearly a quarter of its annual GDP. But it has got stuck in controversy as it was awarded to the Indian infrastructure group during the term of previous President Mohammad Nasheed, who was replaced in a coup by current President Mohammad Waheed this year.
The decision to terminate the contract was taken by Waheed’s cabinet and a notice has been issued to GMR Group, the President’s press secretary Masood Imad said in a statement. The reason given for the termination of the contract is a proposed airport development fee to be levied by the company. The issue is, however, already pending as an arbitration issue in a Singapore tribunal.
In New Delhi, a ministry of external affairs spokesperson said the consortium consisting of GMR and MAHB (Malaysian Airport Authority) “had been awarded the contract to manage the Male International Airport concession through a global tender conducted by the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank”.
He added that Maldives should “fulfil all legal processes and requirements in accordance with the relevant contracts and