Government launches Malta Marittima

Thursday, 14 Apr 2016, 08:25


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Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth José Herrera launched a new government agency with the name of Malta Marittima, the main aim of which is that of bringing industry and government stakeholders together so as to focus and promote the continued and enhanced development of the marine and maritime industries in the Maltese islands.

The event, held at the Malta Maritime Museum in Birgu, hosted the main local stakeholders of the industry, namely the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, the Malta Maritime Forum, and the Malta Maritime Law Association.

Malta Marittima will have four economic pillars:—Logistics, services, energy and food

The Chairperson of the new agency, Ing Marc Muscat, said that the setting up of the agency was the second most important step after the drafting of the Integrated Maritime Policy last summer. “The implementation of this policy through Malta Marittima will ensure a long-term vision that drives for sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sector as a whole,” he said.

Besides industry representatives, the Government has appointed members coming from the different maritime sectors, namely Transport Malta, Malta Freeport Corporation, Malta Enterprise, Regulator for Energy & Water Services, and the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, which, besides representing the Government at board level, are instrumental towards the development of a one-stop shop governance model through their participation on the steering committee. This mix will provide the private/public collaboration necessary to cover the whole marine and maritime business spectrum which will enable us to increase competitiveness, promote the sector, and improve inter/intra-coordination.
The Malta Marittime governing board will be made of the following members: Ing Marc Muscat as Chairperson;  Joe Bugeja from the Malta Maritime Forum; Dr Ann Fenech from the Malta Maritime Lawyers Association; Matthew Sullivan,  Ernest Sullivan and Dr Alison Vassallo from the Chamber of Commerce; Ivan Sammut from Transport Malta; Dr Andreina Farrugia-Fenech from the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture; Dr Aaron Farrugia from the Malta Freeport Corporation; Dr Andre Buttigieg from the Regulator of Energy and Water Services; and  Marika Tonna from Malta Enterprise.
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