Malta Enterprise has signed three Memoranda of Understanding with business organisations in Israel that are set to improve the commercial ties between the two countries, thus paving the way for increased trade and investment opportunities and facilitating life for enterprises looking at doing business together.
Malta Enterprise signed a partnership agreement with the General Board for Ownership and Investment within the Libyan Ministry for Economy. In a preparatory visit to Misurata and Tripoli between the 13th and the 15th of March, Malta Enterprise had meetings with key Ministries as well public and private organisations in Libya with the specific aim of establishing formal structures so that it can offer businesses in Malta successful trade and investment delegations, apart from other trade facilitation services as Libya starts its development journey.
Malta Enterprise is organising a business delegation to Libya with a specific focus on the ports and maritime services, thus providing companies operating in this industry the opportunity to explore the business and investment opportunities that post-revolution Libya is offering.
Led by the Minister of Finance, the Economy and Investment and the Minister for Fair Competition, Small Business and Consumers, the business delegation will be held between April 16th and 19th, 2012 and is the first one to take place since the uprisings that revolutionised the country.
Five Maltese companies were assisted by Malta Enterprise to participate in the Futurematch brokerage event held in Hanover, Germany, where they had the opportunity to meet prospective business partners with a view to building their international links and improving their operations.
Between them, the Maltese companies had over 60 meetings at the brokerage event, which attracted some of the major stakeholders in the IT industry in view of the fact that it was held on the sides of the CeBIT international trade event held between March 6th and 10th, 2012.
Around 60 delegates from local enterprises had the opportunity to learn more about the assistance and funding opportunities provided by Malta Enterprise to facilitate projects in R&D and innovation during a seminar organised by the Corporation with the support of the Enterprise Europe Network.
The seminar highlighted the importance of R&D and innovation for any enterprise in its drive to maintain its competitiveness and long-term sustainability and sought to encourage the participants to embark on such projects.
Malta Enterprise has been appointed as the National Contact Point for the European Commission's Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP), which aims to encourage the competitiveness of European enterprises and particularly small and medium-sized enterprises.
With a budget of €3.3 billion and running from 2007 to 2013, the CIP supports innovation activities, provides better access to finance and delivers business support services in the regions participating
in the programme.
Almost a thousand micro enterprises including start-up companies and selfemployed which between them invested a total of €15.7 million and generated more than 235 new jobs have already applied for the MicroInvest schemes, which assists them to innovate, expand and develop their operations.
The Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship Antonio Tajani this afternoon visited the Malta Enterprise head offices in Pietà.
Mr Tajani was briefed about the Corporation's extensive work to support local enterprises in their operations in order to facilitate their growth, amongst others through a wide variety of schemes and services which also include the recently-launched Business First, which gathers more than 50 Government services for businesses under one roof.
Information Sessions in Malta
Date: 7th March 2012 Time: 12.00 hrs
Venue: Malta Enterprise Training Room, Gwardamangia Hill, Pieta
Information Sessions in Gozo
Date: 7th March 2012 Time: 12.30hrs
Venue: Calypso Hotel, Marsalforn
A repeat Session in Malta will take place on Thursday 8th March 13.30hrs