Sunday Circle
Issue No. 161
29 November – 5 December 2000
Maher Masri Palestinian Minister of Economy and Trade

Budget 2001

Enhancing the public sector's sustainability

Local News
Parking problems at Bay Street

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Sant needs to figure it out


Understanding the four freedoms
speech delivered by Malta Chamber of Commerce President John E. Sullivan, at the "Understanding the Four Freedoms" conference held recently

Budget 2001

Enhancing the public sector's sustainability

In Part One of a series of two, The Business Times takes a look at public expenditure and revenue provisions that have emerged as a result of Budget 2001

Interview with
Maher Masri
Palestinian Minister of Economy and Trade

Coping with a crippled economy
During the recent Maltese fact finding delegation's visit to Palestine, the Minister of Economy and Trade, Maher Masri, gave a detailed explanation of the financial difficulties that the country is facing due to the current conflict in the region. Miriam Dunn, who was a member of the delegation, reports.

Attempt to compare benchmarking to ex-officio

By a political corespondent

Alfred Sant has attempted to hijack the government's benchmarking exercise in controlling tax evasion at the higher echelons of the income bracket by comparing it to the infamous ex officio assessments introduced by the MLP's Dom Mintoff in the seventies. Dr Sant's comparison was described as devious by a senior government spokesman who told The Business Times that ex-officio were dished out indiscriminately before any investigations.

COS shoots down Dr Sant’s allegation

Nadine Brincat reporting

The Central Office of Statistics (COS) on Tuesday issued a press statement saying that the Retail Price Index Management Board met yesterday in view of comments made about the Index of Prices.

Pension problems still some way off being solved

By Miriam Dunn

There is no guarantee that the National Commission set up to report on Malta’s pension problem will have completed its work by the end of the year 2000, despite Finance minister John Dalli’s hope that this will be the case.

Local News

Concern over traffic chaos as Bay Street opens
Although the opening of the multi-million liri Bay Street complex last weekend was deemed a huge success on the business scene, there was little doubt that traffic problems caused by visitors trying to park there caused chaos in the area
By Miriam Dunn

Bank of Valletta selected as one of the best Banks in Europe
Bank of Valletta has been recently selected amongst one of the best banks in Europe by the influential Global Finance's readers and editors.

New statute for EAN Malta
EAN Malta, the organisation which regulates Systems for article numbering, bar-coding scanning and electronic commerce was reconstituted with a new statute approved by an overwhelming number of members present at an Extraordinary General Meeting held on Friday 17 November 2000.

A huge success for go mobile's better value offer
Thousands of people have signed up to the new go mobile service since the Maltacom wholly owned subsidiary opened its retail offices in Marsa, Msida, Valletta and Victoria, Gozo. on Tuesday this week.

Vodafone launches SMS flash
Vodafone Malta appears to have fired the opening shot in what may become a product and service war in the sector in the form of an SMS (Short Message Service) value added service launched barely two months after the successful launch of SMS

AX presents Planning Authority with Rabat golf course EIA
AX Holdings yesterday presented the Planning Authority with its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the controversial Rabat golf course proposal. The EIA, AX Holdings Chairman Angelo Xuereb, explains, has left nothing lacking and consists of some 3,000 pages of detail. By David Lindsay

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