Prime Minister Robert Abela was addressing a Cabinet Meeting which was held at the Malta Chamber Premises, during which he outlined the five main pillars of the government’s economic policy, namely good governance, sustainable economic growth, education, better infrastructure, and Malta becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050.
The need for decisions to be taken about Innovative Mass Transportation Systems arose in the Infrastructure Pillar, where Dr Abela said that Malta cannot host the most sophisticated industries, but then everyone gets stuck in the morning traffic, whilst adding that more needs to be done to ensure that Malta’s infrastructure will make it easy for people to commute on foot or using bicycles.
He said that various studies about mass transportation systems were commissioned, and it was time for decisions to be taken. He also mentioned that the government will be working on improving the digital infrastructure of the country, saying that the way people worked during the pandemic, showed that, with the rights checks and balances in place, many can function and work properly online, eliminating unnecessary manual bureaucracy.
On economic growth, the Prime Minister that this has to be holistic and sustainable. “Having economic growth alone means nothing if society would not be living better,” he said, adding that economic growth should mean better job quality, more quality time with the family, striking a work-life balance, and having a society that stands and empathises with those who might be falling through the cracks.
He also said that together with the Tourism Ministry, the country will divert its campaigns to attract better quality tourists to Malta and Gozo, striking a balance between those who choose high-level accommodation and who seek to appreciate Malta culturally, and those who look at Malta as a relaxation paradise.
On education, the prime minister expressed his concern that Malta’s educational system was failing to provide the upcoming generations with the right skills, which would be crucial for the digital economy in the next 25 years. He said that the Government will work to modernise schools but also overhaul the system itself to prepare students on life sciences, robotics, coding, AI, Quantum, Cloud Computing and Software Development.
The Prime Minister also said that the Government will be pursuing its work to attract more women to politics and to decision-making roles of economic importance.