Turn­ing vi­sion into re­al­ity

“Good lead­ers have vi­sion and in­spire oth­ers to help them turn vi­sion into re­al­ity. Great lead­ers have vi­sion, share vi­sion and in­spire oth­ers to cre­ate their own.” (Roy T. Ben­nett). This is ex­actly what our Prime Min­is­ter Dr Joseph Mus­cat is tire­lessly d

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - DEBATE & ANALYSIS - Justyne Caru­ana

Dr Caru­ana is Min­is­ter for Gozo

A vi­sion for Gozo

In my role as the per­son en­trusted with Gozo’s af­fairs, I am rolling out a new vi­sion for Gozo for the pe­riod 2019-2030, as pledged in our election man­i­festo. I want an in­no­va­tive, re­ju­ve­nated and con­nected Gozo that de­liv­ers so­cial and eco­nomic pros­per­ity in the con­text of its idyl­lic cul­tural and ru­ral char­ac­ter­is­tics.

This vi­sion seeks to bal­ance on the one hand in­no­va­tion and re­ju­ve­na­tion – to at­tract and re­tain smart en­ter­prise and in­dus­try and hu­man cap­i­tal – whilst on the other to safe­guard Gozo’s rus­tic char­ac­ter­is­tics and ru­ral na­ture. The key to achiev­ing this bal­ance is con­nec­tiv­ity and ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

In or­der for this vi­sion to be im­ple­mented, lead­er­ship is key. The Govern­ment will im­ple­ment the strat­egy and put in place the nec­es­sary mech­a­nisms to make it hap­pen and, for this, the Gozo Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity is cru­cial. Af­ter ex­haust­ing the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cise, the bill for the set­ting up of this Au­thor­ity is cur­rently be­ing fi­nalised for pub­li­ca­tion. I am pleased to say that we have high ex­pec­ta­tions for this body; it will be the ve­hi­cle for en­sur­ing the cul­ture of qual­ity that needs to be in­stilled so that ex­cel­lence be­comes Gozo’s hall­mark and, to­gether with new and in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions, trans­forms Gozo’s unique chal­lenges into op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Full ad­van­tage of state-ofthe-art tech­nol­ogy will be taken to make Gozo smarter and more com­pet­i­tive as a re­gion. We want to fur­ther col­lab­o­rate with min­istries,

On a dif­fer­ent note and per­spec­tive, this week Gozo has cham­pi­oned sev­eral im­por­tant is­sues. We be­gan with the Pink Oc­to­ber Bike Ride held for the first time in Gozo. I have to say that my first ex­pe­ri­ence on a bike was a pos­i­tive one, even so when it was to do with rais­ing aware­ness about breast can­cer cham­pi­oned by our beloved Michelle Mus­cat.

Later on in the week, HE Marie Louise Coleiro Preca and I vis­ited schools in Gozo to de­liver a strong mes­sage on girl em­pow­er­ment on the oc­ca­sion of the In­ter­na­tional Day of the Girl Child. This was com­ple­mented by a con­fer­ence and talks we gave to stu­dents about men­tal health aware­ness to com­bat stig­mas and taboos and so­licit the need to break the si­lence. My sin­cere thanks go to Com­mis­sioner for Men­tal Health Dr John Cachia, Dr An­ton Grech and the Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion Gozo.

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