Malta leads with least number of women on company boards

The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion released their annu­al study on gen­der equal­i­ty in April. The sta­tis­tics show that Mal­ta has the fewest women in lead­ing posi­tions. Mal­ta scores last in Europe with only a score of 2% of female com­pa­ny board mem­bers of pub­licly list­ed com­pa­nies. Mem­ber of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment Viviane...

Malta’s social reform — Helping 22.000 people out of poverty by 2015

Facts about pover­ty in Mal­ta 13.000 chil­dren live in fam­i­lies with a year­ly income of only €6,500. These fig­ures are alarm­ing, and the gov­ern­ment has now tak­en up the cause to make it their goal to fight this pover­ty. The goal is to reduce the num­ber of peo­ple liv­ing in...

€100 million revenue: passport business in Malta meets higher demands than expected

Mal­ta offers for­eign investors the pos­si­bil­i­ty to pur­chase the cit­i­zen­ship, and even though the coun­try gained a lot of cri­tique for this mea­sure in the begin­ning of the year, crit­ics have gone qui­eter now. So far, over 100 peo­ple have tak­en up the offer of the so called “Gold­en Pass­port”....

Malta facilitates Shariah-compliant investments

Mal­ta is becom­ing more and more impor­tant as a place for Islam­ic finance, with annu­al growth rates of 15–20%, and expect­ed rev­enues of $2 bil­lion in 2014. What makes this island nation so inter­est­ing for Shari­ah-com­pli­ant cap­i­tal invest­ment are a strong and flex­i­ble frame­work, and com­pre­hen­sive dou­ble tax treaties. Mal­ta...

Malta has the best e-governance system in the EU

Does this sound famil­iar: you have to fill out an appli­ca­tion for your busi­ness, or you have to apply for a new pass­port. A vis­it to the author­i­ties can be tire­some and time con­sum­ing, and “friend­li­ness” or “effi­cien­cy” are for­eign words to the clerks behind the desks. Every time you...

Stop the abuse of offshore companies: No tax evasion

I am reg­u­lar­ly fol­low­ing dis­cus­sions about off­shore com­pa­nies in Inter­net forums and at con­fer­ences. Exam­ples giv­en are usu­al­ly promi­nent mem­bers of soci­ety or oth­er pub­lic fig­ures who have escaped tax­a­tion through a let­ter-box com­pa­ny in for exam­ple Pana­ma. And they man­age to do so even though their entire busi­ness activ­i­ty...

Malta is gliding through the financial crisis

A tiny island nation with a pop­u­la­tion less than Birm­ing­ham, Leeds or Liv­er­pool is going smooth­ly through the eco­nom­ic cri­sis that is cast­ing a dark cloud over many coun­tries in the EU. Hard­ly any­one knows the fact that Mal­ta has been part of the Euro-zone for the last six years,...