A year of the interview
The interview has always served as an integral feature of the Malta
Financial and Business Times, bringing the words of industry leaders and
policy makers out of the press releases and to life. On the following
pages we have selected extracts from what we believe have been our most
interesting face to face chats of the year, and those that our interviewers
have enjoyed the most. Next week we will continue to keep your thumbs
on the pulse of the economy and industry with our weekly instalment
the driving seat
His lines of business are diverse, but entrepreneur Joe Gasan admitted
to Miriam Dunn that he still has a soft spot for the automobile division.
The Federation of Industry has a key role to play as Malta adapts to
the changing economic market. FOI Secretary General Edwin Calleja
spoke to Miriam Dunn on EU accession, the fringe benefits controversy
and other topical matters.
Miriam Dunn earlier this year asked the then Planning Authority Chairman
Christopher Falzon how he reacts to criticism that the PA is
sometimes accused of coming down hard on the small fry while ignoring
the big fish.
hubbing vision for Malta
Much is said about the impact of globalisation on Maltese enterprise.
Kurt Sansone spoke to Joseph Woods about the challenges and the
opportunities that may arise from the phenomenon.
a better future
Times are changing in the building industry and Robert Musumeci
this year told Miriam Dunn how the Building Industry Consultative Council,
of which he is chairman, is assisting those working in the sector to
make those changes.
the expenditure problem
Shadow Finance Minister Leo Brincat told Ray Abdilla that the
key to getting the country back on its feet is to instil new confidence
amongst the economic players, thereby generating growth that is effective,
and foreign competition
Economic Services Minister, Josef Bonnici, spoke to Kurt Sansone
about the unemployment controversy and the challenges Maltese industry
faces in view of EU membership.
seamless financial service
David Lindsay spoke to Barclays Malta General Manager, Richard Wallace,
soon after Barclays set up its International Investments facility in
small businesses move forward in a changing economy
Miriam Dunn spoke to Edwin Vassallo, parliamentary secretary
in the Economic Services Ministry about the problems being faced by
Maltas small to medium sized enterprises.
and warnings on tourism
Ray Abdilla spoke to shadow tourism minister, Karmenu Vella,
who reminisced on the great extent to which the industry has changed
over the last 20 years, explaining that the process is continual in
its bid to adapt to consumer trends, demands, tastes, travel motivation
and travel patterns.
a telecom tanker into a yacht
With the telecommunications sector entering a new era, Maltacoms
Group Chief Executive Stephen Muscat spoke to Kurt Sansone about
his vision for the company as it gears up to face competition.
The Malta Communications Authority was instituted at the beginning of
the year with the important role of facilitating the opening of the
telecommunications market. David Lindsay spoke to MCA Chairman Joseph
V. Tabone about the MCAs role, the sectors fast growing
marketplace and the liberalisations in the pipeline.
cutting edge of communications
It's been two years since Vodafone Malta has had to deal with competition
in the mobile sector. David Lindsay spoke to Vodafone Managing Director
Joseph Grioli on how the market has mushroomed, consumer trends
and what the company plans for the future.
a fair marketplace
David Lindsay recently spoke to Marcel Pizzuto, Director General
of the Consumer and Competition Division about the Divisions brief
of ensuring fair competition, consumer rights and transposing directives
within these spheres
high in the face of challenge
Prior to the events of 11 September, Miriam Dunn spoke to Air Malta
chief Louis Grech about maintaining profitability in the face
of stiff competition.