Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA) operator GMR, India has stated that it did not request to amend the agreement between the Male International Airport Private Limited and the government.
While GMR has made the statement, President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik has sought the opinion from pro-government parties to deal with GMR. Few replies sent by some parties to the President read that it is important for the future of the Maldives legally, constitutionally, economically and in terms of national security to take over the handling of the airport from GMR.
President’s office spokesperson, Abbas Adil Riza said that a cabinet committee is holding discussions on the issue with GMR. However, he said that he had no information about what was being discussed in the meetings.
GMR Manager Media Relations said that informal word had been received that pro-government political parties have requested to amend the agreement, but the government is yet to formally communicate with GMR on any issues.
GMR official said that GMR had acted in accordance with the agreement within the last 20 months and that it will continue to do so in future.
GMR had paid the government USD120 million as stated in the concession agreement and that it had also spent a lot on the development of the airport, official added.
Official detailed that GMR had sped up the process of training its staff and that it had spent over USD400,000 as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to a variety of causes.
While the government is reviewing the agreement made with GMR, a team from the International Financial Corporation (IFC) which provided professional advice on privatising the airport also visited the Maldives last week and met with members of the government and answered the questions of the government.