Government wants good quality jobs for Gozo – Prime Minister

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Government wants good quality jobs for Gozo - Prime MinisterAs previously reported, the Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, inaugurated RS2’s new Gozo offices on Friday evening, following an investment of €1 million by the company. There are currently twenty Gozitans working with the company which is expected to increase its workforce to fifty within 3 years and one hundred by 2020.

RS2, which employs 180 employees at its Mosta-based facility, is a global provider of card payment services, IT consultancy and related services to international and domestic banks, service providers, retailers and other financial organisations.

After more than 26 years in operation, RS2 has offices in Germany, U.S.A, Brazil, Jordan and the Philippines with a total workforce of 300.

The Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, said that the Government wanted good quality jobs for Gozo. He said that Gozo was now becoming synonymous with investment, thanks to efforts made by the Government.

He added that Gozo has a huge potential, as a place of business and endeavour. He noted that RS2 plans for expansion envisaged 100 staff in Gozo, by 2020.

Investment in Gozo is a priority for the government. Dr Muscat mentioned the project by Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry which will improve healthcare and will give an injection into the economy from international health tourism, not just in terms of treatment but recuperation too. Gozo would flourish in many ways.

The Prime Minister noted with pleasure that the film company behind the multi-million production, By The Sea, had released the official trailer which, even from the teaser, one could sense that the splendour of Gozo would travel the world.

Not only did Brangelina spend around €20 million while filming in Gozo, but the movie would serve as a massive promotion for Gozo as a destination to visit, the Prime Minister said.

A second broadband cable between Gozo and Malta would strengthen Gozo’s digital access and increase further the island’s attractiveness for the IT sector. Dr Muscat said, “Gozo might have appeared to be travelling along a quiet road, but it was actually zooming up the information super highway. Investment in Gozo was part of the overall plan for a thriving Maltese economy.”

Photograph: MGOZ/George Scerri

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