Gozo Business Chamber lists key priorities for next legislature ahead of election

The Gozo Business Chamber has issued a document outlining the key priorities for Gozo for the next legislature


The Gozo Business Chamber (GBC) has issued a document outlining the key priorities for Gozo for the next legislature.

It said the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that Gozo, now more than ever, needs to diversify its economy. Its inherent structural economic problems have been significantly exposed by the pandemic showing its over-reliance on sectors such as tourism, construction and real estate.

The key priority areas being outlined by the Chamber are the following:


Accessibility remains key if Gozo is to move ahead in the coming years. Strategic  and priority areas in this direction include:

  • The subsea tunnel between Gozo and Malta
  • A more modern and cleaner ferry to substitute the present fourth ferry operating between the two islands
  • Regulating the present fast ferry service between the two islands to ensure that the level of service is maintained
  • A rural airfield for Gozo
  • Ensuring that the Port of Mġarr is expanded to cater for all the types of maritime services between the two islands
  • Ensuring the adequate transport of goods through dedicated maritime links between the two islands. Other points on the  main island of Malta  besides Ċirkewwa should also be considered

The environment

One of Gozo’s key priority areas is the environment. Gozo’s natural offering is one of its key selling points. Nonetheless, the rampant construction and the lack of adequate design and planning policies have severely damaged substantial parts of the island. The key priority areas outlined by the Chamber:

  • Specific regional planning, spatial and design policies for Gozo
  • Gozo achieving carbon neutrality prior to Malta creating a strong basis for the creation of a green economy on the island through projects and initiatives which create added value to the Gozo and national economy
  • Gozo acting as a test bed for the deployment of new technologies targeted towards reducing the carbon impact on the whole nation
  • Linking effectively research with the green economy in Gozo

Essential infrastructural projects for Gozo

Similarly to the discourse on the subsea tunnel, the Chamber considers that there are important infrastructural projects which are necessary for the island of Gozo to continue to move forward. These should include:

  • Parking facilities in Victoria
  • The construction of the Marsalforn breakwater
  • A new hospital for Gozo


Digitalisation should be a key enabler that should see Gozo creating economic niches which on the main island of Malta have already taken shape. The key priorities in this area should include:

  • A clear strategy for the setting up and development of the Digital Economy in Gozo
  • A specific investment incentive package targeted towards companies in the digital sector setting up in Gozo


Efforts in this sector need to focus not only on marketing but also on strengthening the tourism product, especially in niches that in  Gozo have shown significant potential for growth. These include niches such as sustainable, walking, cultural and religious tourism.   The key priorities in this area should include:

  • Clear Strategy and Actions to attract foreign inbound tourism
  • Clear Actions to strengthen specific tourism niches in Gozo

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