One of the priorities of a new Labour government will be streamlining procedures to minimise bureaucratic red tape. This will help investors and will in turn help considerably in the creation of new jobs.
Joseph Muscat confirmed the above during a visit to Miller Distributors. The company has a staff complement of around two hundred and fifty. The Leader of the Labour Party reiterated that a new PL government would ensure that any investors in Malta would have the necessary government support which would simply their operation throughout Malta and Gozo.
The PL Leader said that “bureaucracy hinders investment”. Investment creates meaningful employment, hence the commitment of the Labour party to reduce bureaucratic obstacles as soon as possible.
The country should feel indebted to the various investors who take financial risks, especially in the current economic climate. The Labour party appreciates the efforts of the business individuals who help in keep the economy going. The PL believes that the state and business people should work side by side to increase investments. This way, there would be more job satisfaction, better opportunities and rewarding remunerations that would have a positive effect on the quality of life of families in the country.
In his discussion with the staff of Miller Distributors, Joseph Muscat explained that to the PL, each and every worker was more than an individual. All workers represented a family whose livelihood depended on investment in the business community. By giving all the required help to investors, the PL in government would continue with its close association with the business community, to create a better business climate that would attract further investment.
Joseph Muscat stressed the importance of reading. He said that it was a pity that Malta placed in the penultimate position among all EU member states, in a recent report about reading of books in the European community. The PL leader said that Maltese youths should be encouraged to read more books. The Labour party is concerned that statistics show that there are too many youths who do not further their education on reaching school-leaving age. Joseph Muscat referred to the PL proposal for the introduction of a ‘literacy unit’ to tackle this issue and to suggest remedies for this problem.
Miller Distributors is a clear example of the expansion and growth of a Maltese company. The company is very active in both the retail and manufacturing sectors and operates retail outlets both locally and abroad. The company also prints around 60 international newspapers.
The chief executive of the company, Malcolm Miller, confirmed the need of having the best possible economic climate for continued business investment. He said that despite the difficulties that his company and similar companies have had to deal with, he feels confident of a positive future for this industry.
Dr. Joseph Muscat was accompanied by Gino Cauchi, the PL spokesman on Media and Social dialogue as well as by the Chairperson of the Business Forum of the Labour party, Marlene Mizzi.