16 JANUARY 2002
ISSUE NO. 219
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Editorial


Striking a balance
At the beginning of the month the government presented the public with a seemingly iron will to prevent future sympathy strikes through the employment and industrial relations white paper
 

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Maltacom initiates Vodafone 20% divestiture
By Kurt Sansone
The final chapter in Maltacom’s Vodafone-shareholding saga is soon to be written as the telecommunications giant has appointed Bank of Valletta and N.M. Rothschild & Sons Ltd as its advisors on the issue

Investment registration scheme response to date "encouraging"
By David Lindsay
With the investment registration scheme in place now for approximately a month and a half, the response to date has been encouraging, according to Central Bank of Malta Deputy Governor, David Pullicino

End of quarter fuel price adjustment
Motorists will be anxiously waiting for April Fool’s day when the price of fuel will be adjusted once again in line with international market prices, but there is no indication yet whether the prices will go up or down

MORE NEWS
GWU to address Drydocks workers on proposed redundancy scheme
Portanier Brothers and GWU in talks
Malta’s requests special agriculture arrangements
MCA seeks to determine dominant market position
Shipping line potential for Malta, Egypt
De Bono puts on his working shoes
CCF sells off 21% Lombard shareholding at Lm2m profit
Rehashing of natural gas prospect environmentally and fiscally sound
‘Travel Talk Goes Malta’


INTERVIEW
Testing times for garage owners
The Vehicle Roadworthiness Test was brought in amid much publicity a couple of years ago. But some time on, most garage owners are unhappy with the system, saying it needs far more control. Ray Cutajar tells MIRIAM DUNN about his own experiences
FOCUS
Trade Missions – a chance to capitalise
The Malta Financial and Business Times this week carried out a brief interview with Dennis Vella, Manager of the Export Marketing Division of the Malta External Trade Corporation, who provided a breakdown of METCO’s Trade Missions scheduled for the first half of the year


PEOPLE IN BUSINESS
The numbers game
The role of the accountant has developed dramatically in line with the changing marketplace. MIRIAM DUNN spoke to three key figures at the Malta Institute of Accountants – secretary general, Noel Zerafa, president, Benjamin Rizzo and vice president, Anthony Zarb – on the changes they have witnessed in their profession


OPINION
The year behind and the year ahead
Foreign Affairs Minister Joe Borg took the opportunity while exchanging the traditional greetings with foreign and Maltese ambassadors to highlight last year’s major developments and Malta’s progress to EU membership – which, Borg explains, will take on a new focus this year

 

 

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Editor: Saviour Balzan
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