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Drydocks wins another large million dollar contract

A shipping and cruise line, has awarded Malta Drydocks with a Lm3 million (US$6.6 million) contract. Within the lines of the contract, Malta Drydocks will be responsible for modernising one of the corporation’s British passenger liners. Economic Services Minister, Josef Bonnici, enthused, while visiting employees working on Christmas Day at Air Malta and the MIA, that this is the second contract awarded to the ‘yard recently. Prof. Bonnici added that nine consortia were interested in providing consultancy services to the government on privatising the MIA. The Privatisation Unit is expected to select the consultants next month.

New Federation of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors launched
Twenty-two major building and civil engineering contractors, have joined forces to form the new Federation of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors. This was announced by the Federation's first president. Mr George V. Xuereb, during a press briefing held at The Victoria Hotel, Sliema, on Wednesday 20 December.

Herasails Limited provide set for Retequattro's Melaverde
Melaverde, the popular Sunday lunchtime programme on Italian television station Rete Quattro, was recently filmed on board the M/S Hera II. The programme presented Gabriella Carlucci will be aired at 12.30pm on Sunday 31st December 2000.

European Central Bank Seminar on accession process
A seminar on the EU accession process was jointly organised in Vienna on 14 and 15 December 2000 by the European Central Bank (EC B) and the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB), the Austrian central bank.

Lack of growth in sales blamed on competition
Sales figures for this Christmas season are likely to be similar to those achieved during the same period last year, according to a number of shops contacted by The Business Times.

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