Public sector irks businessmen
Inefficiencies in the public sector and in local councils were two
of the gripes mentioned by businesses and listed in the second edition
of the Regulatory Constraints on SMEs and the Self-employed
which was presented yesterday by Edwin Vassallo, Parliamentary Secretary
in the Ministry for Economic Services.
This report which is the second one being published this year, takes
account of the period May - October 2001 and highlights the kind of
complaints received by the Small Business Unit.
These complaints open a window on the situation which local entrepreneurs
are facing in their daily work. Moreover they show clearly which issues
require immediate attention by the Commerce Division of the Ministry.
Following these complaints, the division takes it upon itself to liase
with various departmental bodies and ministries in order to deal with
"Inefficiencies cost money," said Mr Vassallo, "and in
the long run one must consider the fact that Maltas efficiency
in running its public services must compare well with other countries."
In fact with an eventual accession to the EU, Maltese services would
be regularly audited by EU representatives with the aim of placing all
EU members on the same level of efficiency.
The parliamentary secretary encouraged local entrepreneurs to inform
the Commerce Division about any inefficiencies experienced in order
to help increase awareness of them.
"The more complaints we receive, the more conscious we shall be
of present issues which need attention. We are aware that one complaint
may be representing several other businessmen who are experiencing the
same situation. We are not afraid to declare that our country has these
inefficiencies. It is the only way to find solutions," he said.
Complaints reported are listed, together with the relevant action taken
or being taken, since the process to solve some inefficiencies requires
the amendment of certain laws. The variety of complaints spans from
inefficiencies in some local councils to others linked to governmental