Maldives Trade Union expresses concern over free trade agreement with China

  • The Maldives Trade Union expressed concern that the trade agreement could be detrimental to smaller businesses
  • The union said that larger companies from China could dominate Maldives' domestic markets
  • The union also likened to the agreement to one signed between the government and Indian traders in 1970

Shan Anees

K. Male' 2017 Dec 02 | Sat 18:41 4,561 business

Officials of the Maldives Trade Union as panelists at a press conference - RaajjeMV

The Maldives Trade Union has expressed concern over the government's commitment to signing a free trade agreement with China. 

A statement from the union said that the agreement could prove to be detrimental to local businesses, namely small and medium sized enterprises, as large businesses from China could dominate domestic markets. 

The statement likened the free trade agreement to one signed between the 'vora' traders, a group of merchants native to India, in 1970. 

The union said that the traders had essentially pushed out local merchants and monopolized local markets, until the government -- with much effort -- were able to terminate the agreement. 

MTU argues that free-trade agreements are conventionally made between countries entertaining similar economical growth or stability, highlighting on the contrasting difference in the economies of China and Maldives.

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