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MAKING MALTA MORE COMPETITIVE

Martina Said – 15th January 2017


In view of a flourishing economy and positive outlook for 2017, Malta Chamber President Anton Borg says it’s no time to sit back and enjoy the ride. He discusses the 2017 Budget, the serious lack of available human resources on the island, as well as his priorities for his last few months as president.

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MEET MALTA'S YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS: MARC VON BROCKDORFF

Sarah Micallef – 14th January 2017

Malta-based start-up Hotjar has gone from strength to strength since its launch in September 2014, registering 200,000+ users in December 2016. Co-Founder and Director of Engineering Marc von Brockdorff spills the beans on how it’s all come about.

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TRADEMALTA: ON THE HORIZON IN 2017

Sarah Micallef – 8th January 2017

In 2015, TradeMalta was formed as a partnership between the Malta Chamber and Malta Enterprise, with the aim of assisting local enterprise in reaching foreign markets with their products and services. Chairman David Curmi discusses how TradeMalta is working toward achieving its mission – that of helping businesses based in Malta grow bigger, better and faster in international markets.

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MEET MALTA'S YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS: MATTHEW AND ANDREW BEZZINA

Marie-Claire Grima – 2nd January 2017

Andrew Bezzina, who co-founded eCabs with his brother Matthew and long-time friend Kevin Vassallo eight years ago, talks about fighting the stigma of the transport industry, encouraging entrepreneurship, and whether there’s an end in sight to Malta’s endemic traffic problems.

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BANKING FOCUS: FIMBANK GROUP

Martina Said – 1st January 2017

Banking sector leaders reveal their thoughts on what’s on the horizon for banks in the coming year in the recently released Economic Vision 2017. This is what FIMBank Group Chief Executive Officer Murali Subramanian had to say.

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MEET MALTA'S YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS: SEAN GRAVINA

Sarah Micallef – 31st December 2016

Having recently announced the upcoming launch of his first food outlet, Crust, in 2017, celebrity chef and young entrepreneur Sean Gravina speaks about his journey so far, and what he hopes to achieve within his new bakery.

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BANKING FOCUS: SPARKASSE BANK MALTA

Martina Said – 30th December 2016


Key players within the local banking sector make their projections for the coming year in the recently released Economic Vision 2017. Paul Mifsud, Managing Director at Sparkasse Bank Malta plc shares his thoughts.

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MEET MALTA’S YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS: TOMMY DIACONO

Sarah Micallef – 29th December 2016

Popular burger chain New York Best has been a runaway success since the first restaurant opened its doors in 2011, with four buzzing eateries currently under its belt. Founder and young entrepreneur Tommy Diacono reveals his recipe for success.

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BANKING FOCUS: HSBC BANK MALTA PLC

Martina Said – 28th December 2016

Heads of leading local banks divulge what’s in store for the sector in the coming year in the recently released Economic Vision 2017. HSBC Bank Malta plc Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Beane, weighs in.

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BANKING FOCUS: BANK OF VALLETTA

Martina Said – 26th December 2016

Leading industry players within the local banking sector share their thoughts on the coming year in the recently released Economic Vision 2017. Here’s Mario Mallia, Chief Executive Officer at Bank of Valletta’s take.

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ENTREPRENEURS SHARE THEIR FESTIVE PLANS

Jo Caruana – 25th December 2016

From parties and socialising to intimate family celebrations, three of Malta’s best-known entrepreneurs share what they love most about the festive season.

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BANKING FOCUS: APS BANK LIMITED

Martina Said – 24th December 2016

The heads of leading banks shared their valuable insight on what to expect from the banking sector in the coming year in the recently released Economic Vision 2017. Here’s what Marcel Cassar, Chief Executive Officer at APS Bank Limited had to say.

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THE CONSUMMATE DIPLOMAT

18th December 2016 – Marie-Claire Grima


In more than 50 years of service, former ambassador and career diplomat Salv Stellini has seen Malta go from a British colony to a thriving, independent member state of the European Union from the very frontlines. He speaks about Malta’s difficult wilderness years, rehabilitating its image in the eyes of the West, and ushering in a new era of peace and prosperity.

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"WE ANTICIPATE THAT OUR ECONOMY WILL CONTINUE TO REGISTER AN OUTPUT SURPLUS AT LEAST TILL 2018"

Sarah Micallef – 13th December 2016

Recently appointed Central Bank of Malta Governor Dr Mario Vella speaks out about the state of affairs of the banking sector and local economy.

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THE CHANGING FACE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Martina Said – 20th November 2016

With an almost 30-year career under his belt as a lecturer at the University of Malta, chemistry professor Alfred Vella has seen the institution grow and change with the times. As the new Rector of the University, he reveals his priorities for the coming years, upcoming and future projects, as well as forming alliances with new kids on the block.

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THE 'NAUGHTY BOY' OF THE COURT

Sarah Micallef – 30th October 2016

Former judge, human rights expert, author and historian Giovanni Bonello has worn many caps in his 80 years, and shows no signs of slowing down. Here, the man behind the landmark cases and history books, tells the story of his impressive career and many passions.

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TOURIST NUMBERS: STILL ON THE UP

23rd October 2016 – Jo Caruana

There’s no denying this is an exciting time for the tourism sector in Malta – but can its growth be sustained? Malta Tourism Authority chairman Gavin Gulia believes that it can, and it will.

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WORKING TOWARDS CREATING A MARITIME CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

Sarah Micallef – 15th October 2016

Local shipping industry giant Sullivan Maritime recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, but the family behind it, whose name has become synonymous with shipping in Malta, has links to the industry that go back for generations. CEO Ernest E. Sullivan reveals how much the sector has changed over the years, and what lies ahead.

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THE INFORMATION AGE: HOW DIGITALISATION IS SHAPING THE RETAIL SECTOR

Martina Said – 25th September 2016

Beyond the odd text message and promotional email, the digital age we live in is shifting the way we access information, as well as how it is presented to us. Christian Ganado, Executive Director at Melite Retail Limited, discusses how digitalisation is affecting the retail sector and consumer behaviour.

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"I WANTED TO JOIN THE DIPLOMATIC SERVICE OF THE EU BEFORE IT WAS EVEN INVENTED"

Martina Said – 21st August 2016

From Bruges to New York and Manila to Ankara, Dr Julian Vassallo, together with his wife and three young boys, has travelled far and wide. Here, the Maltese diplomat discusses his colourful career.

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MALTA GEARS UP FOR THE EU PRESIDENCY, BUT WILL BREXIT DOMINATE THE AGENDA?

Sarah Micallef – 18th August 2016

Parliamentary Secretary for the EU Presidency 2017 and EU Funds Ian Borg discusses Malta’s upcoming presidency, the potential impacts of Brexit and what he expects the island’s primary areas of focus to be during its term.

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"A DELAY IN AMELIORATING THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM WILL UNDOUBTEDLY HAVE AN EFFECT ON SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC SPHERES"

Martina Said – 7th August 2016

Hugh Peralta, honorary legal adviser to the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, discusses the development of the elusive justice reform.

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MBB'S NEXT STAGE: LOBBYING EU LEGISLATION

Jo Caruana – 16th July 2016

Dr John Vassallo’s appointment as Malta Business Bureau president signals a new stage in the organisation’s development. He talks about how his dynamic career has prepared him for his new role lobbying EU legislation on behalf of Maltese industry.

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MALTA AND THE US: A NEW DIPLOMATIC STAGE

Jo Caruana - 29th June 2016

Since her appointment as Ambassador to Malta in January this year, G. Kathleen Hill has worked on improving Malta’s already-strong relationship with the United States. She talks about her hopes and plans for her time on the island.

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ADDRESSING CHALLENGES THROUGH OPPORTUNITIES: REPRESENTING BUSINESSES IN THE EU

Jo Caruana - 5th June 2016

As the Malta Business Bureau celebrates 20 years since its formation, outgoing president Mario Spiteri talks about the organisation’s role, highlights and plans for the future.

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WORKPLACE STRESS: "HEALTH EPIDEMIC OF THE 21ST CENTURY"

Martina Said - 4th June 2016

Unreasonable work demands and dissatisfaction are the main causes of workplace stress – a kind of stress that has huge implications on human health as well as the cost-effectiveness of businesses. Clinical psychologist Dott. Edward Curmi outlines what causes this stress and how to deal with it.

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USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO TAP INTO THE GLOBAL POLITICAL DIALOGUE

Sarah Micallef - 28th May 2016

Elizabeth Linder, Facebook’s Politics and Government Specialist for Europe, North Africa and the Middle East recently delivered a talk organised by the University of Malta Faculty of Arts Committee for the Public Understanding of the Humanities. Here, she speaks about the growing impact of social media, the importance of her role within today’s online reality and her Malta talk, ‘The Human Connection: Facebook's Technology and the Global Political Dialogue’.

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EU: THE COMMISSION’S MISSION

Jo Caruana – 15th May 2016

In light of her recent appointment as head of the European Commission’s Representation in Malta, Dr Elena Grech shares her thoughts on the Union’s priorities in the coming years.

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“I TREAT LIFE LIKE A BOOK, IN WHICH YOU HAVE CHAPTERS THAT START AND END”

Sarah Micallef – 8th May 2016

To many, Winston Zahra Snr is a name synonymous with the local tourism sector. Here, the respected businessman shares the story of his impressive career, revealing how he went from two rental cars to five successful hotels.

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"THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UK AND MALTA, BILATERALLY AND IN THE EU, IS BEST SERVED BY THE UK REMAINING IN THE EU"

Martina Said - 2nd May 2016

“The UK will be stronger, safer and better off in a reformed European Union,” says British High Commissioner Rob Luke. He speaks out about the hot topic that’s been dominating British and European media for months: Britain’s potential exit from the EU, and the potential effect on its ties with Malta.

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"KEEPING MALTA COMPETITIVE IS AT THE CORE OF THE MALTA CHAMBER'S EFFORTS"

Martina Said - 2nd May 2016

President of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry Anton Borg talks about the current state of Malta’s economy, the importance of good governance and how every public appeal he makes has the betterment of Malta at heart.

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LEADING BY EXAMPLE

Marie-Claire Grima - 2nd May 2016

Former Central Bank governor and professed Knight of the Order of St John Francis J Vassallo, the first Maltese knight to take his vows in St John’s Co-Cathedral, talks about integrity, commitment, and dedicating his life to serving the poor.