Watch: Economic success shouldn’t be measured on GDP alone, Delia says

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia said that economic success should not be measured on GDP alone during an interview on the party’s station.

Delia highlighted that the quality of life has to improve, so that people can enjoy the wealth generated. Speaking on NET TV, Delia said it was ironic to register 600 deaths which were related to respiratory issues.

He noted that the air quality had improved since the coronavirus related measures came into force. The partial lockdown saw people commuting less. This led to an improvement in the air quality. He mentioned a new portfolio in the shadow cabinet and said that the Opposition was looking into proposals on how to digitalise further the economy. This would require less commuting.

The Opposition Leader urged the government to take the opportunity and re-imagine its vision for the country and its economy and adopt a more environmentally friendly approach. According to Delia, the government has stayed away from initiating dialogue with the Opposition and the stakeholders on how to restructure the economy.

The coronavirus pandemic has put the global economy into a tailspin, with many countries heading into an unprecedented recession. The economic crisis which was sparked by a public health crisis will catalyze change.

Delia also spoke about the importance of adopting financial measures to safeguard jobs.

According to Delia, the Prime Minister and his cabinet ministers sent out different messages. The Nationalist leader said that the Opposition has shown that it was ready to reach national consensus, however the government did not welcome their proposal.

Delia remarked that the Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne was clear and put forward logical arguments, however Prime Minister Robert Abela would contradict his deputy. He also noted that the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo did not agree on migration and gave conflicting versions.