In a self-avowed ‘cautious’ statement, the Malta Chamber welcomed what it described as “the breath of fresh air that is apparently characterising the first week in the office of new Prime Minister Dr Robert Abela”. The Malta Chamber said that the decisions taken so far seem to bode well for the future. The Malta Chamber said that the resignation of Dr Justyne Caruana from Gozo Minister, only hours after revelations concerning her husband, “…sends a strong, and much-needed message of zero tolerance towards any shadow of a doubt of questionable conduct. Our country’s leaders must be kept accountable to the highest level of standards, and the tempestive action in this regard was very well received,” said the Malta Chamber.
Governance on centre-stage
The Malta Chamber appreciated Government’s implementation of proposals from the document it presented to the Prime Minister titled ‘Ethical Business calls for Change – a manifesto for Good Governance’. “The concrete actions of the past days reflect the Prime Minister’s statement that his Government and the Chamber were on the same page on this very important current priority for the country,” said the Malta Chamber.
The Chamber expressed the opinion that the subject of Good Governance being given “…its much deserved attention by the Prime Minister’s cabinet, which was in turn supplemented by the establishment of a committee focusing on this matter”.
Register for meetings welcomed
The Malta Chamber welcomed the statement made by Environment and Planning Minister Dr Aaron Farrugia, expressing the intention to publish a register of all meetings with stakeholders, in a bid to promote transparency and good governance. This, said the Chamber, is certainly the direction the country’s administration needs to look at.
The Chamber also welcomed the statement by Minister for Internal Affairs Byron Camilleri who stated that every single allegation needed to be investigated. The Chamber said that such commendable initiatives shouldn’t be left to the prerogative of individual Ministers, but ought to be made a Government-wide requirement for all the administration.
In light of the above, the Chamber expressed a degree of cautious optimism. There are several more recommendations that the Government needs to consider, “but certainly, so far so good,” concluded the Malta Chamber.