Palermo meetings to promote collaboration with Gozo and Malta
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The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana and Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Protection and Valletta 2018 Deo Debattista, have been in Palermo, Sicily, where they had several meetings with both the community and cultural organisations.
The meetings took place under the context of Valletta as the European City of Culture and Palermo holding the title as Italian Capital of Culture, for this year.
Both parties said that they felt that through culture they could create tangible collaboration which would also lead to future economic and social success.
Minister Justyne Caruana and Parliamentary Secretary Deo Debattista explained that this is why several businesses have expressed an interest in exploring the possibility of expanding their business in Malta, Gozo in particular.
Among the meetings there was one with the Palermo Chamber of Commerce, known as Confartigianato Palermo, which brings together small and medium enterprises as well as those artisans operating in this Italian city.
Another meeting was held with the “Associazione Amici Di Malta,” promoting unity and to evaluate exchanges of commercial, economic, cultural and sport.The Minister for Gozo said that many operators have shown an interest in our country and the opportunities it offers, including those of health, English language teaching, services, information technology and infrastructure.
Dr Caruana explained that our country is currently experiencing unprecedented economic growth and offers various opportunities for businesses to continue to expand their operation, as well as incentives offered by the Government for job creation in Gozo.
During a meeting with the Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando, he stressed the strong ties between both Mediterranean countries, sharing many equal elements. He reiterated the need to continue strengthening these ties in the future, not only on a commercial basis but in a cultural and historical aspect as well.
The Minister and Parliamentary Secretary also announced several projects to be carried out in partnership with Palermo, including Casa Malta, which will be held at Palazzo Asmundo Palermo between the 8th and 11th of March, and Casa Palermo, which will be held between the 13th and 18th of April in Malta. They remarked that in both cases there will be the opportunity for the strong promotion of Gozo.
During this visit Minister Debono and Parliamentary Secretary Deo Debattista were also accompanied by representatives of the Gozo Business Chamber, the Gozo Tourism Association and the Malta Enterprise.
A delegation from Palermo was in Malta and Gozo last month, when they paid a visit to the Minster for Gozo.