Prime Minister Robert Abela and Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses Silvio Schembri, accompanied by representatives from the Malta Chamber of Commerce, the Malta Chamber of SMEs, and Valletta Mayor Alfred Zammit, visited the business community in Republic Street, Valletta.
Prime Minister Robert Abela said that today’s visit served as an ideal opportunity to listen to what the business community has to say, understand their challenges, and identify a way forward. “Today’s visiting tour sends a clear message that this government will be closer to the public, as well as to the commercial community. This served as a moment for discussion and an opportunity to listen attentively to ways on how the commercial community can be further strengthened. This is what we mean when as a government we emphasise on being pro-market”, said Prime Minister Abela.
Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business Silvio Schembri explained that the economy will proceed at the same pace in the coming years. “Meeting some of Valletta’s business community gave us, as a government, a sense of impetus and encouragement to continue with what we have achieved so far and beyond. Existing incentives offered by Malta Enterprise will be analysed and enhanced for a better reach out and effectiveness where needed, whilst we remain committed to be more open and to continue listening to improve further on the existing solid foundations”, said Minister Schembri.
Deputy President for the Chamber of Commerce Kevin Borg expressed his gratitude for such an opportunity as well as for the positive feedback received for the document proposal on good governance presented last week. Mr Borg expressed the Chamber of Commerce’s support and feedback whilst it continues to work with Malta’s reputation at the heart.
President of the Malta Chamber of SMEs Paul Abela explained the significant investment that Valletta experienced from the private sector, with a large majority invested in catering and hotels. In fact, Valletta is home to 35 hotels, the majority of which are boutique hotels. Whilst expressing the Malta Chamber of SMEs’ support for the government’s work and initiatives, Mr Abela added that the work carried out so far at the heart of the business community in Valletta shall be further pursued, aiming for a capital city that provides a unique experience.
Valletta Mayor Alfred Zammit stated that the significant decisions taken over the past year have brought Malta’s capital city to life but stressed that more needs to be done. Mr Zammit explained the late-night shopping initiative, which is still being looked into, however, putting forward the idea of having shops open till 10pm every Friday is an initiative which will further elevate Valletta’s commercial activity.