MCESD goes to Gozo

  • Sustainable Development and unleashing Gozo’s potential main agenda items
  • Government committed to tackling accessibility issues, such as tunnel
  • Budget 2021 to reflect strength of Malta’s social dialogue process, facilitated by MCESD


An MCESD joint Gozo Regional Committee (GRC) meeting was held on Friday morning in Gozo.

A presentation was delivered by the National Statistics Office Director (Business Statistics) Manuel Tabone and another by Kirsten Cutajar Miller – an economist – which focused on sustainable development and unleashing Gozo’s potential.

Chaired by MCESD chairman Mr James H. Pearsall, the discussion also focused on accessibility to Gozo, tourism, the economy and the Budget 2021 to be announced today.

Minister Carmelo Abela, who was accompanied by Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri, said that the budget will reflect the strength of a “transparent, honest and open social dialogue process to safeguard workers and employers”.

Both ministers emphasised on the importance of sustainable innovation and development in agriculture, training in the tourism sector and that Gozo attracts innovative digital companies and ‘digital nomads’.

Minister Abela said that the Government promised open dialogue with social partners – based on honesty.

The Minister for Gozo said that the Government is working a lot on accessibility-related issues and that it is important to acknowledge concretely the challenges Gozo faces due to double insularity. Here, Minister Camilleri said that this is why the Government is committed to implement the project tied to the tunnel linking the two islands.