Maldives: Enhancing Tax Administration Capacity

Sovereign Project | 47150-001 Status: Active


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Project Name Enhancing Tax Administration Capacity
Project Number 47150-001
Country Maldives
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8525-MLD: Enhancing Tax Administration Capacity
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 850,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

All individual consultants have been recruited and have started advising MIRA on tax policy implementation, audit and ICT developments

A consulting firm has been recruited to implement the SAP CRMS which should help in the standardization and improvement of processes at MIRA such as enhancement of information flow, taxpayer management, and controls.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The proposed technical assistance (TA) is highly relevant to further expand tax revenue administration capacity against the backdrop of a weak fiscal situation in the Maldives. A consultation mission to assess the feasibility of supporting the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) was fielded in December 2012. A fact-finding mission was fielded on 18 21 February 2013. On 28 February 2013 the Government of the Maldives formally requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide a TA. The Office of the Vice-President cleared the TA on 9 May 2013 as it was not part of the country operations business plan. The government concurred with the impact, outcome, outputs, implementation arrangements, cost financing arrangements, and terms of reference.
During Project Implementation Supported by the consultant team, the MIRA will organize conferences with stakeholders, including officials from the Japanese National Tax Agency, to share and disseminate findings. The outputs of the TA will be widely disseminated online as well as through publications.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services A consulting firm (international, 20 person-months) will be recruited to develop the CRMS. Procurement method will be QCBS (quality:cost ratio of 90:10 since the services required are highly specialized) and selection will be evaluated on the basis of simplified technical proposals. In addition, one tax administration (tax audit) specialist (5 person-months) and a tax policy specialist (2 person-months) will be recruited as individuals. The two individual consultants have a very specialized type of skill set (preferably former tax authority officials with hands-on experience) and cannot be recruitment through the consulting firm. Two IT specialists will also support the functional requirement study and the existing SAP-based computer system. An IT consultant will also be recruited to provide remote advisory support to MIRA to help resolve critical issues and offer guidance on system upgrades. All consultants will be recruited according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (April 2010, as amended from time to time). The cost estimate for consultants is $578,200.
Procurement Hardware (servers and network accessories) worth $240,000 to support the development of CRMS will be procured.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Ma. Kristina Hidalgo
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance and Treasury
Ameenee Magu
Republic of the Maldives


Concept Clearance 08 May 2013
Fact Finding 18 Feb 2013 to 21 Feb 2013
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 16 Mar 2016

TA 8525-MLD

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
04 Dec 2013 03 Mar 2014 03 Mar 2014 31 Dec 2015 31 Dec 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 850,000.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 04 Dec 2013 393,140.31

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