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
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.