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19 November 2003
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Economic Update

Government not getting backing for budget measures
- GRTU stands against VAT increase
By Julian Manduca
The GRTU yesterday joined a chorus of disapproval from the constituted bodies and yesterday announced its opposition to any increase in VAT.READ MORE >>

Foundation for National Competitiveness launched
Yesterday saw the formal institution of the Foundation for National Competitiveness, the joining of forces of consultancy firm EMCS Ltd., the Malta Council for Science & Technology, Bank of Valletta, HSBC Bank Malta, Malta International Airport, VISET, Vodafone, Maltacom, Toly Products and Magro Bros. READ MORE >>

Tourism expenditure grows by 6.9 per cent
- business travel to Malta on the increase
Over the first nine months of the year, total expenditure by tourists rose by Lm23 million, or 6.9 per cent, to Lm355.5 million. As a result, per capita expenditure increased to Lm179.6 from Lm175.1 over the first nine months of 2002. READ MORE >>

Malta seeking minimum of five EP seats, not six
Alternattiva Demokratika’s spokesperson on European affairs and General Secretary of the European Greens Arnold Cassola yesterday released documents to the media revealing that the Maltese government is seeking a minimum of five seats for itself in the European Parliament, not six as it had previously insisted.READ MORE >>

The constant evolution of mobile telephony
Vodafone Malta Chief Executive Officer Joseph C. Grioli speaks to The Malta Financial and Business Times about how Malta’s first mobile telephony company is addressing the challenges 21st century telecommunications in Malta

Euro partnerships for research and innovation
Prime Minister Eddie Fenech Adami addresses last week’s eForesee international conference hosted by the Malta Council for Science and Technology. Following are extracts from hios speech, in which he urges that the drivers of competitiveness, research and innovation need to be directed by the best possible synergy between policy approaches, both on a national and on a regional level


Global pressures weigh down on ST Malta

Improving efficiency and reducing bureaucracy in the public sector

FOI delegation takes part in UNICE Competitiveness Day

Public health capitalises on private sector partnerships

Manufacturing sales up 2.4 per cent



















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