“The Council of Maltese Living Abroad is a very important opportunity for us to better understand the Maltese diaspora” – Minister Ian Borg

“The Council of Maltese Living Abroad is a very important opportunity for us to better understand the Maltese diaspora” – Minister Ian Borg

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Oct 28, 2022
 
“The Council of Maltese Living Abroad is a very important opportunity for us to better understand how the Maltese diaspora is looking at our country from abroad and also to explain our vision when it comes to foreign politics. This was outlined by Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade Ian Borg while addressing the 14th Annual Meeting of the Council of Maltese Living Abroad.
 
This meeting, established by law, is taking place between the 27th and 28th October 2022, at the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade in Palazzo Parisio, Valletta.
 
In his opening speech, Minister Ian Borg welcomed the Council Members for the first physical meeting after a two-year absence because of the pandemic. He emphasised that the Sustainable Development Goals 2050 will be the main guiding principles for the Ministry in its work and that his aim during these two days of the Council Meeting is to brainstorm about how the Maltese diaspora and the Council can become a mechanism of change. Climate change, the war in Ukraine, the energy crisis, the instability in Libya and the disparity between the rich and the poor are a few of the main themes that are part of this meeting’s agenda.
 
Minister Ian Borg spoke about the action taken by the Ministry when launching the online Form known as ‘Form V – Voluntary Registration of Maltese Persons of Value living abroad’ with the aim of attracting Maltese living abroad to collaborate with the Maltese Government in their specific fields.  The Ministry looks forward to receiving voluntary registrations from such Maltese with such a wealth of experience, in order to collaborate with them in line with the Ministry’s vision of Global Malta.
 
He recalled also how in September the Ministry organised its first Virtual Youth Forum for youth living abroad with the theme ‘I want to connect: Maltese language, culture and identity.’ Another goal that was reached this year was the setting up of the Regional Councils with the aim that the Ministry gets closer to the Maltese communities living abroad at grassroots levels and with an emphasis on more connectivity that forms part of the Government Electoral Manifesto.
 
The Council Agenda during these two days will also include a commemoration of Monsignor Philip Calleja who was the first Director of the Migrants Commission and who died very recently in August; more sustainable travelling; matters related to Maltese citizenship and passports; revision of the Act setting up the Council for Maltese Living Abroad; matters related to Maltese culture and heritage and less bureaucracy in the provision of services, amongst others.
 
This Council is made up of 15 members including members from Australia, the United States, Canada, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

The 14th Annual Meeting of the Council of Maltese Living Abroad

Minister Ian Borg addresses the 14th CMLA Annual Meeting

Minister Borg meets the Council members