Com­mem­o­rat­ing 20 years of ser­vice

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

In cel­e­bra­tion of its 20th An­niver­sary, the Malta Busi­ness Bu­reau or­gan­ised a lunch-time con­cert fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion to cel­e­brate the mile­stone. The high-pro­file event held at The Malta Cham­ber in Val­letta was at­tended by the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Louis Grech, Leader of the Op­po­si­tion Si­mon Busut­til, var­i­ous Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment, MEPs, and a num­ber of For­eign Am­bas­sadors to Malta, amongst other stake­hold­ers and mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

A warm wel­come speech was given by MBB Pres­i­dent Dr John Vas­sallo, fol­lowed by com­mem­o­ra­tive speeches de­liv­ered by founders and past pres­i­dents Joseph R. Dar­manin and Che­va­lier An­thony Cas­sar – both in­stru­men­tal fig­ures in the set­ting up and run­ning of the MBB in its early days. The speeches high­lighted MBB’s key mile­stones over the years and ex­pressed the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s im­por­tant role within the in­sti­tu­tional land­scape of the EU. Mr Dar­manin and Mr Cas­sar au­gured MBB well in con­tin­u­ing to push Mal­tese busi­ness pri­or­i­ties on an EU-level and en­cour­aged its suc­cess for fu­ture en­deav­ors.

Dr Vas­sallo ex­pressed that, “20 years in any or­gan­i­sa­tion’s life is an event worth celebrating. It is even more ex­cit­ing when the 20 years of the MBB co­in­cide with the jour­ney of Malta to­wards mem­ber­ship of the EU. With 12 years of mem­ber­ship this year and the as­sump­tion of the six-month Pres­i­dency of the Coun­cil next year, we can and should look back at what Malta and the Mal­tese busi­ness com­mu­nity has achieved in this time. We should also look back at how the MBB has de­vel­oped and what it has achieved. Most of all, we should look for­ward at the bright fu­ture for the MBB and its mem­bers. The fu­ture is what we make of it.”

A thrilling per­for­mance was given by the ‘re:orches­tra’ of Rot­ter­dam, con­sid­ered by spe­cialised me­dia as one of Europe’s best cham­ber or­ches­tras. The con­cert was con­ducted by Roberto Bel­trán-Zavala, di­rec­tor of a group of young and pas­sion­ate mu­si­cians who are ac­tive in some of Europe’s lead­ing or­ches­tras.

Com­ment­ing on this spe­cial oc­ca­sion, MBB CEO Joe Tanti stated that, “The MBB has come a long way in carv­ing an im­por­tant role within the in­sti­tu­tional land­scape of the Euro­pean Union. Our ex­pe­ri­ence has shown that it is in­deed pos­si­ble for small or­gan­i­sa­tions from small Mem­ber States to play an ac­tive role in the EU’s leg­isla­tive process. Fur­ther­more, in ap­ply­ing Europe’s best prac­tices, the MBB’s work has be­come in­creas­ingly ef­fec­tive through its at­tain­ment of EU fund­ing and par­tic­i­pa­tion in EU pro­grammes for the ben­e­fit of the Mal­tese busi­ness com­mu­nity at large.”

In ac­knowl­edg­ing their con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the or­gan­i­sa­tion, MBB CEO pre­sented a to­ken of gratitude to each found­ing mem­ber and cur­rent pres­i­dents of the par­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The Malta Busi­ness Bu­reau is the EU-busi­ness ad­vi­sory of­fice of The Malta Cham­ber of Com­merce, En­ter­prise and In­dus­try and the Malta Ho­tels and Restau­rants Association - www.mbb.org.mt

(left to right) Dr John Vas­sallo - Joe Tanti - An­ton Borg Joseph R. Dar­manin - Che­va­lier An­thony Cas­sar

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