Harness Malta's Geopolitical Relevance

Harness Malta’s geopolitical relevance to maximise political and economic benefits Geographic location, history, culture and economic relations are principal elements which have determined Malta’s geopolitical relevance as a European and Mediterranean island State over the ages. Malta’s membership of the European Union has strengthened its geopolitical relevance providing it with the opportunity to exploit this newly found strength to maximise political and economic benefits. With European Union membership, Malta’s cultural versatility acquires greater meaning and value in bettering dialogue and cooperation in the Mediterranean Region.

As a small country and a historic meeting place for reconciliation and dialogue, Malta seeks to project the European Union's friendly face towards its neighbours to the South of the Mediterranean. Inversely, as a country with a closeness and understanding of its southern neighbours and the Arab World, Malta seeks to be a trusted interlocutor, and a voice sensitive to their realities within the European Union. In the context of the European Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy Malta's characteristics are particularly valuable to enhance understanding and stability in a region that remains potentially turbulent. Malta's membership of the European Union not only further strengthens its relevance in international affairs, but also adds significant value to Malta's bilateral relations in general. Its participation in the decision-making process in the European Union is of significant importance in this context, particularly with regard to the opportunity to add value to Malta's bilateral relations with those states which have a political and economic relationship with the European Union.

Strength and relevance in a multilateral and/or regional context feeds strength and relevance in bilateral relations and vice versa. Furthermore, Malta's strategic position in the Mediterranean and its close and friendly relations with its immediate neighbouring countries continue to provide it with opportunities for trade and investment in both directions. Membership of the European Union also places Malta firmly inside the single European market. It also gives Malta guaranteed participation in a plethora of trade agreements including agreements giving greater access to North African and Middle Eastern markets.

Malta's foreign policy is directed at ensuring strong and stable relations with such countries, particularly our neighbours and, in partnership with the private sector and relevant government agencies, to further all existing opportunities to maximise the potential for trade and investment. In this regard, Malta's foreign policy seeks to be a catalyst in the creation and in the furthering of business opportunities to draw foreign direct investment to Malta and to provide the private sector with more opportunities for business networking and for export of goods and services. Seeking to match close political relations with business promotion, trade and investment is an important element of this strategic objective.

Malta's foreign policy is furthermore directed at also exploiting other new opportunities which have arisen from the new context of European Union membership and the increased visibility it has given to Malta. These opportunities are particularly present in new emerging major economies such as India and China. In harnessing Malta's geo-political relevance to maximise economic benefits, Malta's foreign policy seeks to position Malta as the dual gateway for business in Africa and the Middle East, and in the single European Market.

This strategy is directed both to countries in Malta's vicinity, as well as towards those more distant countries that are increasingly active in the markets of the European Union.

Ministeru għall-Affarijiet Barranin u Ewropej
Palazzo Parisio
Triq Il-Merkanti
Valletta, VLT 1171

2124 2191

2123 6604