Malta Chamber calls for full disclosure on former ITS site

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Malta Chamber of Commerce has called on the government for a full disclosure on the former ITS site project.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Malta Chamber of Commerce issued a strong-worded statement following a recent report by the National Auditor Office on the former ITS site which was transferred to DB Group.

Last month the NAO issued a report about the controversial deal in which it raised its doubts about the regularity of the request for proposals which was issued by the government.

Referring to the report, the Chamber said that the report highlighted a number of “serious and legitimate concerns” over the tender which was issued by Projects Malta five years ago. It described the findings as “disturbing” as they left serious doubts as to the sense of urgency that drove government to dispose of the ITS site.

“In the interest of good governance and of all concerned, the sooner the country has full and official clarity on this project, the earlier all unnecessary speculation and suspicion is eliminated,” the statement reads.

The Chamber called for a “transparent, honest, detailed and comprehensive explanations on this case in the interest of good governance”.

The NAO report also raised transparency concerns with respect to the information disclosed in the request for proposal.

The Chamber noted that it had already been vocal about this case as well as other cases involving the disposal of public land and its call for the highest standards of good governance and best use of national resources remain.

“While acknowledging the historic fact that the permit for this project was effectively revoked, several questions remain, mainly surrounding the basis, content and changes to a new application that was subsequently lodged at the Planning Authority.”

“As Malta’s foremost representative body of ethical businesses, The Malta Chamber is compelled to call on Government and all competent authorities to practice the highest ethical standards with regards to the disposal of public property.”

The Chamber said that it will continue to await official explanations about the controversial deal.

“While the Chamber appreciates that the authorities are presently focusing on an unprecedented emergency, they must leave no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of this story with a view to provide the country with full clarity on this project in the interest of good governance and all concerned.”