Government committed to securing more business in the aviation sector.

Government committed to securing more business in the aviation sector.

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Aug 06, 2018
 
Government is committed to securing more business in the aviation sector, as this is an important industry which employs highly-skilled and talented individuals from various fields of expertise.  “We are determined to work closely together – Government and private enterprises – to foster further growth and job creation. Now, more than ever before, we are determined to make the best possible use of our diplomatic networks to continue building relationships, and identifying trade opportunities,” said Minister for Foreign Affairs, Carmelo Abela, during a visit to Medavia - Mediterranean Aviation Co. Ltd. in Safi Aviation Park, as one of the visits to export leaning companies in Malta. During the visit, CEO of Trade Malta, Anton Buttigieg and Ministry officials, were also present.

Medavia​, has been in operation since 1978, and currently employs around 100 staff. It offers services related to chartering of planes, handling services to the private jet industry, and aircraft maintenance.

Over the past 20 years, Malta has managed to secure significant investment in the aviation industry, mostly export-oriented. An important cluster of aviation businesses has been created , which includes operators carrying out maintenance; repair and overhaul for both fixed wing and rotary aircraft, painting of aircraft; flight training; component manufacture; Research & Development innovation on unmanned aerial vehicles; back office support and call centre operations’ as well as ICT for the aviation industry. 

Discussions with the top management team of the company, led by Mr Ivan Refalo, Head HR and Corporate Communications, focused on how to expand Medavia’s operations, both in Malta and in other countries, their successes and aspirations, but also the challenges they have been facing in these last few years. Throughout the visit, Hon. Carmelo Abela had the opportunity to meet with the employees individually.

Minister Carmelo Abela defined Malta’s important role in maintaining diplomatic presence and relationships with countries where companies like Medavia operate and to promote business opportunities in new markets in Africa Sub-Sahara, particularly in countries that have an oil and gas industry, which could be a new source of business to Medavia.

Foreign Minister highlighted that through Trade Malta, the public-private partnership formed between the Government of  Malta and the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, support is offered to Malta-based businesses to reach international markets with their produts and services. 

Minister Abela concluded, “We are committed to working closely together – government and private enterprises – to foster further growth and job creation. Now, more than ever before, we are determined to make the best possible use of our diplomatic networks to continue building relationships, and identifying trade opportunities. Malta is also committed to securing more business in this important commercial activity, as this is an industry which employs highly-skilled and talented individuals from various fields of expertise.”


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