Prime Min­is­ter: Crane Cur­rency in­vest­ment like SGS in the past

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Malta now has the least un­em­ploy­ment since 1979, when the Bri­tish forces left the is­land.

Speak­ing in an in­ter­view on One Ra­dio, Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat yes­ter­day spoke about the $100 mil­lion in­vest­ment by Crane Cur­rency which will cre­ate 300 jobs.

The prime min­is­ter, who is now back in Malta, ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion at the re­sults of his US travel but did not speak of his UN speech nor of meet­ing Pres­i­dent Obama.

“Malta now has the least un­em­ploy­ment since 1979, when the Bri­tish forces left the is­land”, he said.

“The gov­ern­ment is not rest­ing on its lau­rels and is con­tin­u­ing to seek new in­vest­ment and more jobs.

“Bring­ing in Crane Cur­rency is the equiv­a­lent of bring­ing in SGS in the past.

“This in­vest­ment is from the US, while this gov­ern­ment ob­tained other in­vest­ments from coun­tries such as China, Jor­dan, Azer­bai­jan and now from the US.

“This in­vest­ment brings to Malta qual­ity jobs. The gov­ern­ment wants Mal­tese work­ers to get qual­ity jobs.”

Dr Mus­cat said that this gov­ern­ment is pro-busi­ness, pro-cit­i­zens, pro-com­mon sense and pro-Malta.

He re­ferred to Dom Mintoff’s vi­sion, of liv­ing in a coun­try where jobs are not only cre­ated for the Mal­tese, but even for those who come from abroad. He said there is still a lot more which can be done to fight poverty.

Re­fer­ring to so­cial hous­ing, Dr Mus­cat said that this gov­ern­ment in­her­ited a long list of peo­ple wait­ing to be pro­vided with an ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Dr Mus­cat said that by be­ing pro-busi­ness, the gov­ern­ment still cares about the en­vi­ron­ment. “We are not in favour of ex­pand­ing the Freeport and although we are pro-busi­ness, we have ad­dressed the fish farms il­le­gal­i­ties.”

On the Ma­noel Is­land is­sue, the prime min­is­ter said that he in­structed Min­is­ter Owen Bon­nici to look closely at the con­tract and found out that the pub­lic was right.

He said the gov­ern­ment took the nec­es­sary ac­tion af­ter the PN ad­min­is­tra­tion had re­mained idle for 13 years.

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