Maldivian administration announces Unsolicited Proposals Policy

A motorcyclist drives past President's Office. (File Photo/Sun)

The Maldivian government has published Unsolicited Proposals Policy (UPS) Policy in an effort to promote private sector participation in national development.

President’s Office reports the UPS Policy was published on the Government Gazette this Monday.

A UPS is a voluntary written proposal for a new or innovative idea for a solution to a national need, without explicit request from the government.

President’s Office reports the UPS Policy published this Sunday outlines the framework which will be used to consider and assess such proposals which should “align with the government’s pledges and contribute to its development agenda.”

The criteria for assessment of proposals has been outlined in the UPS Policy.

President’s Office reports there are three staged to accepting and reviewing a UPS; starting with ensuring the proposal complies with the requirements laid out in the policy and strategic assessment of the proposal to determine whether it warrants a direct negotiation with the government.

The task of accepting and reviewing UPS has assigned to the Ministry of Economic Development.

The main purpose of the UPS Policy is to harness private-sector innovation and capabilities in the delivery of strategic projects of the government, while protecting public-policy objectives and intellectual property rights, encouraging competition, and ensuring transparency and accountability, reports the President’s Office.