Information Seminar: The Importance of VET trainers in Green Skills Competencies in the Construction Sector

10th Jun 2019

On the 10 June 2019 the Gozo Business Chamber in collaboration with MIEMA organised an information seminar on the importance of VET (Vocational education and training) trainers in green skills competencies in the construction sector as part of the BuS trainers project which is co-funded by the Erasmus+Programme of the European Union. The seminar was well attended. Michael Galea (Vice President of the Gozo Business Chamber) opened the seminar. Presentations on the subject were delivered by Mariangela Luceri (Project manager MIEMA), Dr Ing. Stephen Abela (University of Malta), Perit Erika Massa, Vicky Xuereb (Director Eco Gozo Regional Development), Perit Julian Borg (MCAST) and Charles Dingli (Jobsplus). Daniel Borg (CEO Gozo Business Chamber) chaired the seminar.

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Information Seminar: The Importance of VET trainers in Green Skills Competencies in the Construction Sector

3rd Transnational Networking Workshop of the INNOVAGRO project

6th Jun 2019

On the 6 June 2019 Joseph Borg, GBC President, and President of INSULEUR (Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union) addressed the 3rd Transnational Networking Workshop of the INNOVAGRO project, in Chios Greece. He was accompanied by Michael Galea, vice president of INSULEUR. The scope of this project is to develop an innovative network for the promotion of agro-food companies in the Adriatic-Ionian area. The project focuses on the development of links and synergies between farmers, agro-food enterprises, research Institutes and public authorities, for the: (a) promotion of agro-food products; (b) the development of agro-food companies’ internationalization; and (c) the promotion of environmentally – friendly farming practices.

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3rd Transnational Networking Workshop of the INNOVAGRO project

1. Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions Islands Commission Annual General Meeting & Thematic Seminar

28th Apr 2019

On the 28th and the 29th April  Mr Joseph Borg (President of Insuleur) and Mr Michael Galea (Vice President of Insuleur) participated at the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions Islands Commission Annual General Meeting & Thematic Seminar Post-2020 Cohesion Policy in Corfu (Greece). Mr Joseph Borg addressed the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Corfu attended also by the Association of Hoteliers of Corfu. Mr Joseph Borg highlighted the shared values and difficulties faced by islanders. He remarked how the “problems that make our work difficult makes us persons who can go through difficulties and win through them”.

Insuleur General Assembly, and Public Hearing organised by EESC, ESIN and Insuler

5th Apr 2019

Mr Joseph Borg, who is also currently president of Insuleur, chaired the general assembly of Insuleur on the 5th April 2019. Together with Mr Daniel Borg (CEO of GBC) they  also participated in the Public Hearing ‘Are European Policies suitable to help doing business on small islands’ organised by the European Economic Social Committee, INSULEUR and ESIN. Mr Joseph Borg delivered a presentation on ‘Access to Finance for SMEs’. By taking the case of Gozo Mr Joseph Borg highlighted how the present de minimis state aid rules vanify national governments’ efforts to neutralise added costs for business entities based on islands. Any support under the de minimis rules hinders their ability to apply for other funds being administered under the same state aid regime. Consequently it is important that the de minimis state aid regime should change to reflect the reality on islands or dependent islands like the case of Gozo. In the case of the access to finance Mr Borg also highlighted the issue of whether specific financial packages for islands should be developed.

 

The full speech can be downloaded here Access to Finance for Insular SMEs – Joseph Borg

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Insuleur General Assembly, and Public Hearing organised by EESC, ESIN and Insuler

Debate about the Gozo-Malta Tunnel

18th Mar 2019

On the 18th March the President of the Gozo Business Chamber (GBC), Mr Joseph Borg, participated in a debate about the Gozo-Malta tunnel organised by Wirt Għawdex. The GBC participated together with other speakers and other stakeholder organisation representatives to present its opinion.

In his intervention Mr Joseph Borg thanked Wirt Għawdex for the invitation and for their initiative to hold this debate. He highlighted that the subject of the Gozo-Malta Subsea Tunnel, has been promoted by the Chamber for the last ten years but that the Chamber had already started mentioning a permanent link between the islands of Gozo and Malta more than twenty years ago, the same time the GBC was founded.

One of the first public meetings was held in February 2011, eight years ago, and in March 2011 in the publication of the GBC, Isle Link the GBC stated that, “the question of a permanent link, has now gathered irreversibile momentum. Since January of the present year (i.e. 2011), when the debate was brought up to the forefront on the national media, what had always been a dream in the mind of a number of people, has become a possibility within the grasp of a people”.

Mr Joseph Borg highlighted how when this idea was put forward in 2011 and Eivind Grov, Chief Scientist and Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology was appointed as consultant to the Maltese Government, there was general consensus of the Gozitan constituted bodies who all backed the political responsibility assumed by the Government to study the matter further. Mr Joseph Borg remarked how the GBC was instrumental in pushing forward the subsea tunnel on the policy agenda.

In February 2015 the Chamber took the initiative to commission Dr Gordon Cordina to conduct a study on the economic and financial feasibility of alternative solutions towards providing connectivity between the Island of Gozo and the main Island of Malta. Transport Malta in a short time came on board and in September 2015 the report was published. The economic analysis presented in the report took into consideration the following factors: (i) effects on traffic flows on economic activity in Gozo; (ii) effects on vehicle traffic and waiting times; (iii) implications for the costs of fuel used; and (iv) climate change and pollution effects. The proposal had also been on the electoral programme of both parties for consecutive legislatures.

Mr Joseph Borg highlighted how debates and studies on this initiative have been ongoing. Though the Gozo Channel Company is performing to the best of its capabilities the service has reached saturation point and a complete meltdown of the service is being risked. Mr Borg highlighted how the Chamber is in favour of introducing a fourth ferry, the fast ferry and also the helicopter service, and that these options should materialize sooner rather than later. However, we cannot just stay throwing proposals into discussion. Mr Borg highlighted the current plight of various segments of society including that of Gozitan commuters, patients, students and tourists over the current state of affairs. He remarked how this project would benefit not only Gozo but also Malta, as services would not always need to be duplicated but Gozo would also be able to specialise on particular services forming part of a national network serving the entire Maltese population.

He also indicated how this project would ease traffic from roads and would help address the problem of ageing and dwindling communities that Gozo is experiencing. Mr Borg remarked that while the tunnel is not the solution to all the problems it can be a road to a future of sustainable investment which the Chamber would be willing to suggest to the Authorities, while in no way harming the environment if the proper plans are in place. However, it is now time to act as further delays will risk putting the future of Gozo and its population at risk.

The full speech can be downloaded through the following link:

Wirt Għawdex Debate 18 March 2019

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Debate about the Gozo-Malta Tunnel

Presentation to a Group of Students from Bournmouth University

15th Mar 2019

Presentation to a Group of Students from Bournmouth University

 

On Friday 15th March the CEO of the Gozo Business Chamber Mr Daniel Borg delivered a presentation on Gozo’s socio-economic scenario to a group of 43 students and 4 lecturers from Bournemouth University. The presentation was held at the Citadel Cultural Centre at the Sentinella. Students and lecturers had the opportunity to ask questions on various topics and issues relating to Gozo.

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Presentation to a Group of Students from Bournmouth University

Participation at the Trade and Investment Forum:

8th Mar 2019

Participation at the Trade and Investment Forum

 

On Friday 8th March representatives from the Gozo Business Chamber and the Gozitan business community participated in a Trade and Investment Forum on the occasion of the visit to Malta by a Senior Trade and Investment Delegation from the People’s Republic of China. This was organised by the President of Malta H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.

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Participation at the Trade and Investment Forum:

Annual General Meeting

28th Feb 2019

Annual General Meeting

 

On the 28 February 2019 the Gozo Business Chamber organised its Annual General Meeting at the Tiġrija Palazz Victoria (Gozo). Following the meeting there was also a presentation on the subsea tunnel between Malta and Gozo, delivered by Dr Franco Mercieca. The presentation was open to the entire Gozitan business community. Inġ Fredrick Azzopardi, Chief Executive Officer of Infrastructure Malta, also replied to questions by those present. Minister for Gozo, Dr Justyne Caruana was also present and addressed the meeting.

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Annual General Meeting

30th Nov 2018

The Gozo Business Chamber in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo is organising,  once again,  a Customs National System (NIS) course in Gozo over 2 days. This training is specifically aimed for those who have not yet attended this training and need to have access to make use of this system. This training is being delivered by Trainers from the Customs Department. Adequate information and hands on training of the NIS system is being provided during this course

Customs National Import System (NIS) Training in Gozo

20th Nov 2018

  Customs National Import System (NIS) Training in Gozo

The Gozo Business Chamber in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo is organising a Customs National System (NIS) Course in Gozo for those who have not yet attended this training and need to have access to make use of this system.  This course will be delivered by Trainers from the Customs Department and is scheduled to be held as follows:

 

Dates of course:         20th & 21st November 2018

Time:                           from 08:30 hrs to 17:00hrs

Venue:                        at ITS in Qala, Gozo

Administrative Fee:   €10 per person (to be paid on 1st day of course to Customs Department)

 

Adequate information and hands-on training of this NIS system will be provided during  this course.  Traders  interested  to  attend  should  fill in the below application form and submit it  by    NOT LATER THAN 20th October 2018    to   the   Customs   Training   Unit   on   email address [email protected]  An invitation letter will later be sent  to those applicants who show interest to attend for this training.

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Customs National Import System (NIS) Training in Gozo

SME Week

15th Nov 2018

Exploring new Funding Options
Gozo SME Week

Calypso Hotel, Marsalforn Bay, Gozo
15 November 2018

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SME Week

BuS Trainers 5th Partnership Meeting

7th Nov 2018

The Gozo Business Chamber is one of eleven Partners taking part in a project funded from Erasmus+ called The Building up green Skills for Trainers from the Construction Industry.

The project envisages to produce on-line traning for the Trainers of the Construction Industry in Green Skills.

This Partners meeting is being held in Valletta between the 7 and 9 November 2018 following similar meeetings in Madrid, Lisbon, Greece and Rome.

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BuS Trainers 5th Partnership Meeting

How to Instigate a Culture Change in Occupational Health and Safety – A German Perspective

12th Oct 2018

Family Business Breakfast

18th Sep 2018

According to the Family Business Institute, whilst 88% of family business owners believe the same family or families will control their business in five years time, just 30% of family and businesses actually survive into the second generation, 12% remain viable into the third generation while only 3% operate into the fourth generation
or beyond. Whether you have been actively planning for succession in your business.or you are just starting to consider passing it to the next generation, the decision may be overwhelming.

This Business Breakfast will focus on successful family businesses who have transitioned generations.

Venue: Hotel Ta’ Cenc & Spa – Sannat, Gozo

Time: 08:15am – 11:00am

Launch of New Jobs Scheme

5th Jul 2018

Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana and Finance Minister Edward Scicluna launched a scheme of refund for employment in Gozo at the new offices of the Gozo Business Chamber in Victoria.

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Leveraging EU Funds – A Development Bank perspective

31st May 2018

The setting up of the Malta Development Bank could play a key role in leveraging EU funds for Malta.  The blending of Malta government guarantees via the Malta Development Banks together with EU guarantees could facilitate private investment in long term strategic investments and SMEs.  This event will present the latest developments from an EU Commission and Malta Development Bank perspective together with practical experiences in leveraging EU funding by the Hungarian Development Bank and Bank of Valletta.

Family business: Transfer of Ownership

1st May 2018

The Gozo Business Chamber in collaboration with the Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Business and Malta Enterprise is holding an Information Session to : Identify main obstacles for a successful transfer. Identify the reasons for failed business transfers. Identify which businesses are most vulnerable to transfer failure. Propose business support and policy solutions.