Minister for Gozo meets with Palermo delegation on future cooperation
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A meeting has taken place between the Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana and a delegation from the Palermo City Council, who were in Malta on an official visit.
During the meeting, which took place at the Ministry for Gozo, there were discussions and an exchange of ideas on common challenges for both Gozo as an island region, as well as for the city of Palermo.
Among the issues discussed was the fact that both locations can cooperate more with each other in terms of business, and that the cultural aspect should be given the attention it deserves.
They also talked about the growing number of Italian residents and businesses in Gozo, especially those from Sicily.
Minister Caruana recalled the strong ties that exist between the two countries, which date back many years. “The fact that we come from an island – the largest one in the Mediterranean in your case – and one of the smallest in our case – helps us understand more of each other’s needs.” said Dr Caruana.
She also said that many islands speak about their challenges, but forget to mention the opportunities that exist. “Gozo and Sicily, offer several opportunities to be exploited for the benefit of their residents,” said the Minister.
Lawyer Giulio Cusumano mentioned that in 2016 Palermo was chosen as a world heritage site and this year it holds the title of the Italian Capital of Culture, for which a cultural programme was prepared specially by the Palermo Council to mark the event.
He invited a delegation from the Ministry for Gozo to visit Palermo for progressive meetings on the commercial and cultural aspects.
Also present for this meeting was the CEO of the Gozo Tourism Association Joe Muscat, as well as the Secretary of the Gozo Business Chamber Joe Grech.
Photograph: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri