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05 November 2003
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Economic Update

Government regales taxpayer with dockyards’ burden
By Matthew Vella
A photo opportunity for the press and drinks for the Prime Minister and General Workers’ Union boss Tony Zarb was all the media would get during the signing of the "historic" collective and restructuring agreement between the government and the union. READ MORE >>

Is consumption tax on government’s mind rather than VAT?
The announcement of proposed tax increases usually brings about a veritable hoo-ha in any country, but amazingly, the recent revelation, so far not denied, that government is proposing tax increases as part of its welfare reform has raised many questions, but little to no public debate. READ MORE >>

Calls for more transparency in awarding of public tenders issued
By Matthew Vella
Opposition health spokesperson Michael Farrugia yesterday claimed there had been no sort of mistake within contract procedures after an appeals board annulled the decision of the director general of contracts to award a Lm25 million contract to Italian company INSO SpA for the supply of medical equipment to Mater Dei Hospital in Tal-Qroqq. READ MORE >>

Containerisation, globalisation pushing shipping to new heights
Carmelo Caruana Company Chief Executive Beppe Hili speaks to DAVID LINDSAY about what the advent of globalisation and containerisation has meant for Malta’s shipping industry

Developing a competitive knowledge-based economy
Finance and Economic Affairs Minister John Dalli addresses Friday’s Federation of Industry’s conference: ‘Europe – Most Competitive economy by 2010? How will Malta benefit from this process?’ In his wide-ranging speech, Dalli extols the advantages of a knowledge based economy, he urges that we need to be committed to work together to introduce the necessary changes in order to secure a better future, and addresses a wide range of issues including the tremendous costs associated with using Malta’s ports


BICAL - An exercise in destruction

FIMBank issues new shares, 35.6 per cent shareholder discount

Candidates ask for changes to euro adoption procedure

BA confirms that viewership survey coincides with airing of juicy programmes

maltaNET enters VoIP international call market



















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