On the 16th September, 2014 the Chargé d’Affaires of Malta Mr. Walter Mallia and his wife Mrs. Anna Mallia welcomed around 300 guests during a reception at the Corinthia Lisbon Hotel in order to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Malta’s Independence.
This event was organised thanks to the kind support of Corinthia Hotel, the Malta Tourism Authority, the Maltese Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Deloitte.
A large number of Ambassadors based in Lisbon, His Highness Dom Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, the Honorable Consuls of Malta in Portugal , the Head of Protocol at the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a large number of businessmen and members of the Maltese Community were present . A Portuguese family who are descendants of the Portuguese Grand Master Fra Antonio Pinto de Fonseca were also present at the reception which was held in the beautiful Sete Collina Restaurant of the hotel. The latest MTA publicity film was shown on 5 huge screens throughout the event. Tourism, Malta Enterprise, MFSC, English schools and other leaflets were available to the guests.
The Chargé D’Affaires made reference to the relations between Malta and Portugal which go back to the 18th century, the century of Portuguese influence in Malta.
He highlighted the advantages of investing in Malta which has a growing economy and also mentioned the recent set up of the Portuguese Maltese Chamber of Commerce and the increase in interest in business enquiries between the two countries. Opportunities exist in various sectors, such as financial services, high value added manufacturing, ICT, education, Pharmaceuticals and Digital Gaming. He added that, with its delightful lifestyle, its strategic position, Mediterranean climate, cuisine and crystal blue seas, Malta is surely a favourite spot to buy a holiday home, or relocate to.
Mr. Mallia mentioned that efforts to introduce a direct flight between Malta and Portugal are still ongoing. Reference was also made to the Valletta European Capital of Culture, English schools and the second Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting that will be held in Malta next year.
Finally he mentioned Malta’s support in providing, once again, humanitarian assistance to many countries in order to evacuate a substantial number of foreign nationals caught up in the unrest in Libya, and Malta’s challenges in respect of the influx of irregular immigrants.