Liz Barbaro Sant, Director at Alberta Group and Vice President of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry has been appointed as Chairperson of TradeMalta, a public-private partnership between Government and The Malta Chamber
Ms Barbaro Sant will replace Stephen Sultana, who held the position for the past two years.
Following TradeMalta’s Annual General Meeting, Ms Barbaro Sant affirmed that internationalisation has become increasingly important for the competitiveness of enterprises of all sizes. “In today’s environment, it grants a true independence from the local market business cycles,” she said.
The new Chairperson continued to say that “sometimes it might become complicated for small and medium size companies to understand the tendencies of the world’s economy when trying to explore new commercial opportunities, and this is where Trade Malta comes in to support and assist any size company.”
The outgoing Chairperson, Stephen Sultana said that during the past two years, TradeMalta has continued to diversify, expand and refine the range of services to industry while assisting a growing a number of Malta-based companies to enter into new and emerging markets in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
“Key elements responsible for TradeMalta’s success include the backing it enjoys at the enterprise level, the committed support it continues to receive from both of its key shareholders and the customer-focused mentality of its staff and board members,” said Mr Sultana.
Anton Buttigieg, CEO of TradeMalta presented the administrative report to all shareholders and echoed his confidence that during the next three years, TradeMalta will rise to the ever-changing challenges of internationalisation facing Maltese companies in a post-pandemic international business environment.
On Government’s part, Minister for Economy and Industry Silvio Schembri said that Maltese businesses should be proud of their reputable standing internationally for efficiency, quality and skilled human resources; remarking on the achievements attained by TradeMalta in developing rewarding opportunities worldwide for local business to export local products and Brand Malta, across the globe.
“Thus even during such challenging times, they should still perceive trade as a window of opportunity for diversification and growth,” said Minister Schembri while he augured Ms Barbaro Sant well in her new role.
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