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During the first Executive Council meeting for the year 2019, Paul Abela has been confirmed as GRTU President for the year 2019.
The Executive Council also elected GRTU’s 6 Vice Presidents as follows:
GRTU President Paul Abela said that not only was 2018 another busy year for GRTU but it was also an extraordinary year.
“This year GRTU started operating from its new headquarters in Floriana. At the same time we also started implementing the biggest EU funding project ever administered by GRTU in terms of value. This is helping GRTU be stronger and more effective, providing GRTU and its members with great benefits”, said the GRTU President.
Mr Abela also announced the start of a rebranding project which aims to give a new, revamped image to the organisation and one that better reflects what GRTU is and does today. The GRTU President mentioned that we will not forget where we started from, as our history is part of who we are today and we will endeavour to incorporate this into a new brand. This is a very exciting project for us and our members and it will drive GRTU into the future.
Mr Abela also mentioned that he is proud that GRTU has managed to become versatile, extending its membership of over 90 economic sectors to welcome gaming companies, companies in financial services and companies that are based on consultancies.
Ms Abigail Mamo, GRTU CEO, gave a detailed presentation on GRTU’s Annual Report.
Mr Marcel Mizzi, GRTU Vice President Finance and Administration, presented an overview of GRTU’s accounts to the General Meeting.
Mr Paul Abela expressed his gratitude towards GRTU’s staff and councillors for their hard work throughout the year.
On the 13th March 2019, Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation Silvio Schembri launched the National eSkills Strategy which runs between 2019 and 2021 and aims to, amongst others, address the need for existing and new digital skills that shall be required by nearly all jobs in the medium term was.
Speaking at the launch of the strategy, Mr Schembri said that the IT sector had become more and more important, with all business activites requiring some level of technology integration into their everyday running.
The National eSkills Strategy 2019-2021 gives strong strategic direction and trajectory, providing a set of recommendations with possible initiatives that Malta can undertake. Key recommendations include the adoption of a rolling strategy, training for SMEs in terms of applied emerging technologies for economic growth, developing local talent, focusing on the youth, shifting young people towards being participative rather than just consumers of technology, and assessing digital skills in education, amongst other relevant recommendations.
GRTU's Vice President (Finance & Admin), Marcel Mizzi was appointed as a member of the Strategic Consultative Committee. The committee was created to provide feedback to Government regarding changes to the strategy as well as assisting in the uptake of the intiatives that the Strategy will include.
On the 9th February the Falsified Medicines Directive was implemented in the whole of the European Union. GRTU is at the forefront in implementing this directive and was instrumental in founding MAMVO, the Maltese Medicines Verification Organisation. In less than 7 months, significant investments were made in order to assist pharmacies and wholesale dealers implement software and systems enabling them to comply with this directive.