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CHOGM to promote Malta

PETALING JAYA: Malta hopes that the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) it is hosting next month will increase tourism and investments from Malaysia.

Honorary Consul Paul Vincent Galea said only a few young Malaysians knew about his country although both shared some common heritage.

The summit is ideal to promote Malta to Malaysians because you will have the opportunity to see what our country has to offer tourists and investors,” he said yesterday.

Galea: ‘Malta has one of the busiest free ports in the Mediterranean’

CHOGM heads of state including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi are expected to attend the meeting in Malta’s capital Valletta from Nov 23 to Nov 25 The summit’s theme this year is Networking the Commonwealth for Development.
Galea said Malaysia, which currently chaired the Non-Aligned Movement, Organisation of Islamic Conference and Asean, played an important part in the summit.

Malta is also a European Community member so there will be many representatives from the European Union who will take the opportunity to meet their counterparts from the Commonwealth countries,” he said.

Galea said Malta had always been at the crossroads of civilisations because of its location in the middle of the Mediterranean.
Like Malaysia, Malta was a former British colony and the Arabs had influenced its culture.
“Malta is also a European Community member so there will be many representatives from the European Union who will take the opportunity to meet their counterparts from the Commonwealth countries,” he said.

Galea said Malta had always been at the crossroads of civilisations because of its location in the middle of the Mediterranean.
Like Malaysia, Malta was a former British colony and the Arabs had influenced its culture.
“The rich culture of the people and archaeological and historical sites dating back to 4,000BC make Malta an important place to visit for tourists interested in European history,” he said.

For investors, Galea said, Malta possessed a developed infrastructure and an educated English-speaking workforce.
He said the country provided incentives for foreign investors, had a liberal tax scheme and had one of the busiest free ports in the Mediterranean.

Monday October 17, 2005