MMA Urged to Strengthen Financial Regulation and Board Independence

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called upon the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) to enhance its financial regulation and strengthen the independence of its board. This recommendation comes in light of a recent Article Four report, which highlighted the need for improved oversight and governance within the country’s financial sector.

The IMF’s assessment revealed that the Maldivian banking system faces significant risks, primarily due to its reliance on substantial deposit volumes. To mitigate these risks and ensure the stability of the financial system, the IMF has urged the MMA to implement more rigorous monitoring and regulatory measures.

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One of the key areas identified for improvement is the independence of the MMA board. The IMF recommends that further steps be taken to ensure the board’s autonomy in decision-making and regulatory oversight. This would enhance the MMA’s ability to act as an effective financial regulator, safeguarding the interests of depositors and promoting a resilient financial sector.

In addition to strengthening the board’s independence, the IMF has also suggested several measures to improve the country’s fiscal position. These include adjusting income tax rates, reviewing import duties, and reassessing existing tax concessions. The aim is to increase government revenue while ensuring a fair and equitable tax system.

The IMF’s recommendations underscore the importance of robust financial regulation and governance in maintaining a stable and resilient economy. By implementing these measures, the Maldives can strengthen its financial sector, mitigate risks, and promote sustainable economic growth.

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