The topics discussed on the third consecutive day of the Labour Party Congress 2012 with the theme ‘A future that unites us’ are the Future of Economics, Environment and Education at MFCC in Ta' Qali.
The discussions kicked off with keynote speaker Alan Pulis, specialist in environmental management. He said that environmental issues cannot be separated from economical issues. He stressed on green economy and on saving water. He asked whether Malta will reach EU 2020 targets for renewable energy.
Water treatment engineer and hydrologist Marco Cremona joined in the debate.
Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) ex-president Mr John Bencini whilst addressing the Education workshop said Malta has one of the highest rate of early school leavers in Europe and ranks 25th with Bulgaria and Romania lagging behind amongst EU Member States in basic student education.
"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance," Bencini stated.
He also remarked that teachers felt ignored in the planning of the National Curriculum and suggested that teachers should be trusted and consulted.
He added that we should follow the Finnish education system.
In the meantime the guideline for the Future of the Environment was approved - 'A cleaner environment for our children'.
Key note speaker for the Future of the Environment, economist Alfred Mifsud remarked that despite the changes in government, economical problems remain there to be solved by the new government - that is why one has to be prepared for every eventuality, he added.
He said that the country's economical situation depends not only on the state but also on the citizen. He explained that Malta is not in recession like other countries such as Spain. He said that the merit goes to the Maltese citizen inspite of the government's mistakes.
"We do have governmental financial problems, however we are strong enough to strive forward. Malta does not owe anything to noone," concluded Mr.Mifsud.
Labour leader Joseph Muscat described the congress experience as "stupendous", where the politicians listen to the people.. He said that the merit goes to the Maltese citizen inspite of the government
Labour leader Joseph Muscat described the congress experience as "
An economist himself, Dr Muscat said that distribution of weath is superflouos if there will not be opportunity of growth.
He is proposing two guidelines for the PL electoral manifesto on economy and finances.
He explained that the government is just a regulator of its finances and a new Labour led government is conscious of the existing financial economic problems and promises sustainable solutions. That is what the people merit, he reiterated.
He mentioned the industrial pillars of the maritime and the manufacturing industries, both embedded in the Maltese economy.
In light of attracting foreign investment from abroad, Dr Muscat noted that a new Labour led government will be committed to decrease service charges, utility bills and last but not least the bureaucracy that foreign entrepreneurs face in our country.
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