Malta Cham­ber meets Leader of the Op­po­si­tion

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

The Board of Man­age­ment of the Malta Cham­ber of Com­merce, En­ter­prise and In­dus­try wel­comed the new Leader of the Op­po­si­tion Dr Adrian Delia for a fa­mil­iari­sa­tion meet­ing at the Ex­change Build­ings.

Dur­ing the meet­ing both sides spoke about the im­por­tance of col­lab­o­ra­tion be­cause the busi­ness com­mu­nity and the county’s po­lit­i­cal lead­ers have the na­tional in­ter­est at heart and to this end, the Cham­ber is al­ways com­mit­ted to con­trib­ute its con­struc­tive and well-in­ten­tioned ad­vice.

Open­ing his brief ad­dress, the pres­i­dent of the Malta Cham­ber, Frank V. Far­ru­gia made ref­er­ence to the events of the 16th of the month and said that the Cham­ber had un­re­servedly im­me­di­ately con­demned the bru­tal mur­der of lead­ing jour­nal­ist Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia.

He said that the Cham­ber joined the rest of the coun­try in an ap­peal for a na­tional con­certed ef­fort to­wards seek­ing a timely and con­clu­sive res­o­lu­tion of the case and, above all, for truth and in­tegrity to for­ever pre­vail in our coun­try.

“The me­dia mer­its the full re­spect of our peo­ple as it per­forms a cru­cial na­tional role to safe­guard moral­ity and ethics,” Far­ru­gia said, “both of which val­ues, the Cham­ber whole­heart­edly up­holds.”

Be­ing the first meet­ing with the Leader of the Op­po­si­tion, Far­ru­gia un­der­lined the apo­lit­i­cal sta­tus of the Cham­ber, as its mis­sion re­mains the pro­mo­tion of the in­ter­est of the pri­vate sec­tor.

The pres­i­dent told Dr Delia that with this aim in mind, the Cham­ber pro­duced an Eco­nomic Vi­sion doc­u­ment as at the time, the Cham­ber felt it needed to be proac­tive and pro­vide a busi­ness agenda to gov­ern­ment rather than wait for gov­ern­ment to pro­vide busi­ness with its own agenda.

“Our doc­u­ment is still valid un­til to­day. It was cre­ated by a think­tank we set up pur­posely and com­posed of 20 CEOs of lead­ing com­pa­nies in Malta plus the then Univer­sity rec­tor,” he said.

The Pres­i­dent also spoke about the ac­tive con­tri­bu­tion the Cham­ber makes to the eco­nomic de­bate of the coun­try. “Prior to the last Gen­eral Elec­tion, we is­sued a doc­u­ment out­lin­ing 71 con­crete de­liv­er­ables split into 12 chap­ters, each tack­ling an im­por­tant as­pect of Malta’s econ­omy.”

“Within our apo­lit­i­cal sta­tus we take it upon our­selves to cham­pion Malta’s quest for con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment in com­pet­i­tive­ness and eco­nomic pros­per­ity,” he said. “How­ever, we need to en­sure that, like the Malta Cham­ber, all other stake­hold­ers un­der­stand the value and im­por­tance of be­ing com­pet­i­tive be­cause it is not al­ways clearly ap­par­ent that we are all on the same side on this ac­count.”

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