Biography of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
The HONOURABLE CRMELO ABELA, M.P.
Carmelo Abela was born on 10 February 1972 in Malta and is married with two children.
He won his first general election in 1996, when he was named to the 8th Parliament of Malta and has since won all the following parliamentary elections, in 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2017. He was elected Deputy Speaker of the Tenth Parliament on the 6th of March, 2003, re-appointed on the 5th October, 2008, and resigning as speaker on the 5th July, 2010. During the year 2014 as from April until December he served as a Government Whip and on the 9th Dec he was appointed as Minister for Home Affairs and National Security. On the 8th June, 2017, he was elected and appointed in his present position as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion.
In 1990 joined the Mid-Med Bank Ltd, today HSBC Bank Malta Plc. where he worked as a Manager until April 2014. In the meantime he was an active member of the Malta Labour Party as presented above and details of which are shown below.
Partit Laburista (Malta Labour Party) (Socialist Group)
Contested the local elections in 1994 and was subsequently elected where he served as councilor till 1996
Contested the 1996 General Elections and elected Member of Parliament
Appointed Assistant Whip and Cashier of the parliamentary group
Contested the 1998 General Elections and elected Member of Parliament
Appointed Spokesman for Youth and Sport, Assistant Whip and Secretary of the Labour Party Parliamentary Group
Contested the 2003 General Elections and elected Member of Parliament
In 2003 was unanimously appointed Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives
Appointed Main Spokesman for Education Youth, Sports and Culture
In 2008 was unanimously appointed Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives
Appointed Main Spokesman for Industry and Foreign Investment and subsequently for Social Policy
Re-elected in 2013 and appointed Whip of the Government Parliamentary Group and Member on the Standing Committee on House Business
In April 2014 after a cabinet reshuffle he was also appointed as Government Spokesman
In December 2014 he was appointed Minister for Home Affairs and National Security
In June 2017 he was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Since September 2013 he was elected as Regional Representative on the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
Head of Delegation of the Inter Parliamentary Union.
Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).