Malta-Gozo tunnel: Is anything in it for Joseph Muscat?

    On 6 January 2020, in the midst of all the political turmoil and one week before Joseph Muscat’s formal resignation, Minister Ian Borg told Malta Today that: “Now, we’re in the first few days of the new year and I am informed that Infrastructure Malta and the Contracts Department will issue more details in the coming days (regarding the Malta-Gozo tunnel)”.

    On 9 January 2020, 3 days before formal resignation of Joseph Muscat, Infrastructure Malta invited interested companies or consortia to participate in the first of a three-stage process to identify the concessionaire who will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Malta-Gozo Tunnel.

    Prospective bidders had three months, until Thursday 9th April 2020, to answer a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ).

    What was Infrastructure Malta’s interest in rushing this expression of interest before Joseph Muscat left his Prime Ministerial post?

    Has this got to do with John Dalli’s November 2015 meetings with Chinese officials regarding the Malta-Gozo link? (See Daphne Caruana Galizia’s aricles)

    Has this got to do with Muscat’s meeting with China Communist Party secretary Liu Qitao, president and executive director of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), in July 2017? (See Daphne Caruana Galizia’s articles).

    Has this got to do with M(alta) A(nd) C(hina) Bridge – Macbridge?