About Maldives Association of Construction Industry (MACI)
The Maldives Association of Construction Industry is the standard bearer of the second largest industry in the Maldives. Formed on the 30th of October 2001, the seven founding members -Mr. Mohamed Abdul Azeez, Mr. Jaufar Easa Adam, Mr. Hassan Waheed, Mr. Ibrahim Waheed, Mr. Abdulla Mohamed, Mr. Ibrahim Rasheed and Mr. Alau Ali – came together to establish MACI to represent, secure and sustain the interests of all the stakeholders of the Maldivian construction industry. By organising as a national association we have created a platform for securing the wellbeing of this vital industry.
MACI is entrusted with the responsibilities of not only ensuring that the industrial, contractual and technical needs of the members are promoted but also with the equally vital task of promoting the development of the industry and enhance the rank and reputation of the members of the Maldivian construction industry to internationally acceptable standards. One of the primary roles of MACI is to look after the interests of the contractors, labourers, employers, employees, the all technical and support staff plus the collaborating commercial and market interests of the construction industry and to generate public awareness for these interests both within the government and among the general public.
MACI is chaired by a President who, together with the Executive Board, ensures that the ambitious goals of the organisation are brought to fruition through close collaboration with all stakeholders in the industry. MACI’s governing rules state the term of presidency and the Exectuive Board as one year and a President can hold the post consecutively for two terms. At the same time the rules also allow a President who has completed a two year tenure to compete as a candidate for presidency after a one year gap. The President overlooks the affairs of MACI and is elected together with two Vice Presidents, a Treasurer, and seven Executive Board Members. The Executive Board decides on all matters of the association. Founder members can be observers on the Board but cannot cast vote on any matter decided by the Board. The Executive Board meets every week while a General Meeting of all the members is held annually.
It is with this purpose in mind that we have ensured that MACI has a voice in important policy making bodies of the country. For instance, we are represented in several government boards including the Construction Industry Development Board. In the year 2008 we have also been able to secure membership of the International Federation of Asian and Western Pacific Contractor’s Association (IFAWPA), the principal and most powerful construction association of the Asia-Pacific region. MACI’s Past President and the Executive Board Member, Mohamed Ali Janah has been elected to the Executive Board of IFAWPCA for last six years, and also he is the Chairman of the Human Resources and Education Committee of IFAWPCA.
Over the past twelve years, MACI has achieved good success in its endeavours to protect and promote the interests of the Maldivian construction industry. It is recognised by almost everyone in the country as the primary representative of construction industry concerns. MACI has been successful in establishing positive relationship with an open media that gives voice – sometimes prime time – to issues represented by the organisation. Due to intensive lobbying work of MACI several new initiatives to improve the industry have been taken by the government. For instance, at present MACI has taken the issue of price fluctuations and losses to the construction industry to the highest governmental authorities possible and we know that the government is seriously looking into these matters and the proposals submitted by MACI such as the proposal for the inclusion of a price fluctuation clause in government contracts, establishment of a Construction Price Index, proposals for devising measures to compensate companies making genuine losses
in ongoing government projects. One of the proposals advocated by MACI regarding price fluctuation is that a positive response from the government should be the starting point for setting in motion a precedent for the private sector projects/investments to follow. In short, it is time for not just the public sector contracts but even the private sector contracts to include price fluctuation response mechanisms that do justice to genuine concerns of industry stakeholders. MACI is here to organise that voice and protect that concern.
At MACI, we make sure that the public and the private sector is constantly updated with the issues and concerns of the industry. We work hard to improve the Occupational Safety and Health standards of the Maldivian construction industry. MACI wants these to be on par with international standards. Our most important mission is – to keep the Maldivian construction in the hands of Maldivian contractors and to forestall foreign contractors from overrunning the market. To achieve this mission MACI aims to play a vital role in educating local contractors to keep abreast with international standards that foreign competitors claim. It is the role of MACI to alert the authorities and stakeholders in the industry to make sure that the Maldivian contractors get adequate financing and resources to competitively manage important projects.
In this regard, MACI is currently working together with various commercial banks and the Maldives Monetary Authority in finding ways that could allow contractors to obtain cheaper and more reasonable construction contract financing.
The second largest industry in the country, the construction industry employs the largest expatriate labour force as well as a huge Maldivian workforce. As a single industry, it is also the largest employer of labour in the country. There is little doubt that any matter that affects the construction industry will have wide repercussion throughout the economy. The government must ensure that it maintains an abiding interest in the healthy growth and sustenance of this industry. MACI is continuously striving to ensure that the development policies of the government takes into account the fact that the construction industry requires a nourishing flow of investment. More investments needs to be promoted in developing major projects directed at involving the local construction industry both in the private and the public sector.