Agree­ment ter­mi­nated

Southasia - - BRIEFING -

The Mal­dives govern­ment ter­mi­nated its agree­ment with the Malaysian se­cu­rity firm Nexbis to in­stall and op­er­ate a bor­der con­trol sys­tem. De­fence Min­is­ter Mo­hamed Nazim told lo­cal me­dia that the dis­puted con­tract – signed un­der the pre­vi­ous govern­ment of Pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Nasheed in 2010 – was ter­mi­nated by the cabi­net over fears it was caus­ing un­spec­i­fied “ma­jor losses” to the state.

The ter­mi­na­tion was an­nounced as im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials said re­place­ment tech­nol­ogy be­ing pro­vided by the US govern­ment was not func­tional, with im­ple­men­ta­tion “on hold” pend­ing a le­gal hear­ing into the mat­ter.

Depart­ment of Im­mi­gra­tion spokesper­son Ibrahim Ashraf told Mini­van News that he had not per­son­ally been made aware of any de­ci­sion by the govern­ment to ter­mi­nate the agree­ment.

How­ever, Ashraf con­firmed that re­place­ment tech­nol­ogy be­ing pro­vided free of charge by the US govern­ment was “not 100 per­cent func­tional” at present.

“Be­cause of le­gal is­sues, the pro­ject has been on hold,” he ex­plained.

Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials con­firmed that “test­ing” had been un­der­way on the new US-do­nated sys­tem, while Nexbis’ bor­der con­trol tech­nol­ogy re­mained in use to mon­i­tor the ar­rivals and de­par­tures of for­eign na­tion­als.

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