On 31 August 2020, the Competition Act was published in the gazette which sets out the provisions to develop and maintain a competitive commercial environment for enterprises, and sets out restrictions, and prohibits business practices and arrangements which may have a negative impact on competition.
On 8 September 2020 the Maldives Chartered Accountants Act was published, introducing a new independent institution - The Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Maldives. The Act empowers the governing council of the institute to regulate, and develop the field of chartered accountancy in the Maldives.
On 31 August 2020, the Consumer Protection Act was published, which sets out the rights and protections granted to consumers, and prescribes duties and responsibilities of suppliers of goods and services in the Maldives.
On 17 August 2020, the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) published a circular requiring certain taxpayers to file their interim return, and make interim payments via MIRAconnect or the Maldives Real Time Gross Settlement (MRTGS).
On 12 August 2020, the Regulation on Employing Expatriates in the Maldives was published which provides for procedures to be followed by Employers, representatives and persons providing accommodation to expatriate workers.
An appeal before the Supreme Court in which the Court considered whether a supervening event which resulted in the loss of cargo transported to the Maldives, constituted unforeseeable circumstances that resulted in the contract being frustrated.
On 10 August 2020, the MMA published the Regulation on Management of Confiscated Assets related to Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism which provides the procedures on dealing with confiscated funds and property under the Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism Act.