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Maltese-Spanish Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 5th anniversary - 29 January 2015

Minister Chris Cardona

Minister Chris Cardona

The Maltese-Spanish Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 5th Anniversary with an event held at the Malta Chamber of Commerce which was addressed by Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Dr Chris Cardona, H.E. José Pons, Ambassador of Spain to Malta, Mr Anton Borg, Deputy President of Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry and Mr Alfredo Munoz Perez, President of MSCC.

Mr. Alfredo Munoz

Mr. Alfredo Munoz

Mr Alfredo Munoz welcomed the participants and explained the goals of the event. In his speech he exposed the role played by the MSCC over the last five years, when business relations between Malta and Spain increased significantly as well as mutual awareness, and requested an effort from all players to boost trade and investments , still far behind the figures that potentially can be reached.

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H.E. the Ambassador of Spain in Malta Jose Pons

H.E. José Pons in his address said that Spain and Malta have a long standing common history dating back at least to the 13th century and that in recent history, Spain has always supported Malta and both are nowadays faithful partners in the EU, working very hard to enhance their bilateral relations. He believes that both countries have many reasons to be optimistic about their future economic relations and he is convinced that, together, both countries can connect much better their people, companies and businesses.

IMG_2829Mr Anton Borg praised the close collaboration between the MSCC and the Malta Chamber of Commerce where both entities have worked together very closely for the evolution of bilateral relations over the last years.
 Minister Cardona spoke about the strong historical ties between Malta and Spain which have been reinforced during the last decade in view of the mutual membership in the European Union. He said Malta is proud to host sizable Spanish investment in Malta comprising mainly pharmaceutical companies and companies which operate in the services sector which continue to show the Spain interest in the Maltese financial sector.

He said it is encouraging that the Spanish government’s forecast for this year’s economic growth stands at 1.8% which is expected to be largely driven by increased exports, rising domestic demand and an expected record year for tourism. “It is expected that these positive developments in the Spanish economy will also positively impact our commercial relations” concluded Minister Cardona.

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A discussion panel was moderated by Ms Vanessa McDonald and the panel members were Mr Angel Torres, Head of the Spanish Economic and Commercial Office for Malta, Mr Alfredo Munoz Perez, President and CEO of Middlesea Insurance p.l.c, Dr James Muscat Azzopardi, Director of Credence and Mr Mario Camilleri, CEO of Big Bon Group.

 

 

 

WINE TASTING “Bodegas Marques de Riscal” –  12th November, 2014

 Marqués de Riscal winery


Marqués de Riscal winery

The Maltese–Spanish Chamber of Commerce and the Embassy of Spain in Malta in collaboration with Farsons Beverage Imports, presented a premium selection of wines

from Marques de Riscal to a group of guests from Malta´s restaurant, hotel and local business communities. The wine tasting is part of a programme of events aimed at promoting Spanish products in Malta by the Maltese – Spanish Chamber of Commerce.

On this occasion, guests had the opportunity to taste a selection of wines presented by Cristina Cantalapiedra area manager for Marques de Riscal, who described the winery, the different varieties of grapes and the Protected Designation of  Origin Rioja and Rueda, considered one of the world’s most premium wine regions. IMG_7904The tasting began with a Sauvignon Blanc, a fresh, clean and crisp aromatic white wine made from some of the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines in the region. It continued to a selection of reds: a rich Marques de Riscal Reserva 2009, followed by a full bodied Marques De Riscal Gran Reserva 2005, and a rare 2001 Baron de Chirel. All red wines are made from a base of Tempranillo the region’s typical grape.

 From left to right:   MSCC First Vice President Dr James Muscat Azzopardi,  H.E. the Ambassador of Spain in Malta Jose Pons, Ms Cristina Cantalapiedra area manager for Marques de Riscal and FBIC Ltd. General Manager Mr. Pierre Stafrace.


From left to right:
MSCC First Vice President Dr James Muscat Azzopardi,
H.E. the Ambassador of Spain in Malta Jose Pons, Ms Cristina Cantalapiedra area manager for Marques de Riscal and FBIC Ltd. General Manager Mr. Pierre Stafrace.

 

The event was hosted at the residence of the Spanish Ambassador, H. E. Mr. Jose Pons, who described the importance of the wine industry for the Spanish economy, its international importance and its high level of competitiveness, and also expressed his desire to further enhance the presence of Spanish wines in Malta and promote business relations between the two countries. The Vice President of the Maltese – Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Dr James Muscat, highlighted the growing role and the increasing activities of the Chamber in Malta. Meanwhile, FBIC Ltd. General Manager, Mr. Pierre Stafrace pointed out the significance of this type of events in order to explore new trade opportunities.

The guests, including the food and beverage managers of the most important restaurants and hotels in Malta as well as the members of the Maltese – Spanish Chamber of Commerce, were enthusiastic about the event, particularly about the wines presented and the growing commercial opportunities between Spain and Malta.

 

WINE TASTING “Bodegas Fariña” –  24th October, 2013

The Maltese–Spanish Chamber of Commerce, The Embassy of Spain in Malta and Attard & Co. Foodstuffs Ltd., recently presented a selection of wines from Bodegas Fariña to a group of guests from Malta´s restaurant, hotel and local business communities. The wine tasting is part of a programme of events aimed at promoting Spanish products in Malta.

IMG_3476On this occasion, guests had the opportunity to taste a selection of wines presented by Bodegas Fariña representative Nicola Thornton, who described the winery, the different varieties of grapes and the Protected Designation of Origin Toro, considered one of the world’s finest wine regions. The tasting began with Colegiata Blanco, a fresh, clean and crisp aromatic white wine made from some of the oldest Malvasia vines in the region. It continued onto a selection of reds: Fariña Primero, a fresh, fruity, juicy and easy drinking wine which is the region’s first carbonic maceration wine, followed by Spanish Sons, an aromatic Tempranillo that displays Fariña´s amazing value for money, and Gran Colegiata Campus, the Fariña´s premium wine from up to 140 year old vines, an intense and complex wine with notes of violets, spice and liquorice. The tasting concluded with the dessert wine Val de Reyes Blanco Semi Dulce from the famed Moscatel varietal.

from left to right, Mr. Alfredo Munoz (MSCC President),  Ambassador Felipe de la Morena Casado and Mr. Pierre Pellegrini Petit (Managing Director of Attard & Co Foodstuffs Ltd.).

from left to right, Mr. Alfredo Munoz (MSCC President), Ambassador Felipe de la Morena Casado and Mr. Pierre Pellegrini Petit (Managing Director of Attard & Co Foodstuffs Ltd.).

The event was hosted at the residence of the Spanish Ambassador, H. E. Felipe de la Morena, who described the importance of the wine industry for the Spanish economy, its international importance and its high level of competitiveness, and also expressed his desire to further enhance the presence of Spanish wines in Malta and promote business relations between the two countries. The President of the Maltese – Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Alfredo Muñoz, highlighted the growing role and the increasing activities of the Chamber in Malta. Meanwhile, the Attard & Co. Foodstuffs Ltd. sales coordinator, Matthew Naudi, pointed out the significance of this type of event in order to explore new trade opportunities.

from left to right, Mr. Matthew Naudi, Mr. John Bugeja, Mrs. Ruth Sammut Mallia, Mrs. Susanne Fsadni, Mr. Paul Mintoff (Wines & Spirits Division at Attard & Co Foodstuffs Ltd.), Mrs. Nicola Thronton (Export Manager of Bodegas Fariña), Ambassador Felipe de la Morena Casado and Mr. Pierre Pellegrini Petit (Managing Director of Attard & Co Foodstuffs Ltd.).


from left to right, Mr. Matthew Naudi, Mr. John Bugeja, Mrs. Ruth Sammut Mallia, Mrs. Susanne Fsadni, Mr. Paul Mintoff (Wines & Spirits Division at Attard & Co Foodstuffs Ltd.), Mrs. Nicola Thronton (Export Manager of Bodegas Fariña), Ambassador Felipe de la Morena Casado and Mr. Pierre Pellegrini Petit (Managing Director of Attard & Co Foodstuffs Ltd.).

 

The guests, including the food and beverage managers of a number of leading restaurants and hotels in Malta as well as the members of the Maltese – Spanish Chamber of Commerce, were enthusiastic about the event, particularly about the wines presented and the growing commercial opportunities between Spain and Malta.

 

 

 “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies in Spain” , 20th March 2013

Numerous entrepreneurs, renewable energies experts and students recently attended a seminar on energy efficiency in Spain, jointly organised by the Spanish Embassy, the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies and the Maltese-Spanish Chamber of Commerce.

Keynote speaker Gonzalo Escribano illustrated the importance of the energy efficiency and renewable energies sectors in Spain, which even in an economic crisis environment, have managed to achieve outstanding results.
Prof. Escribano, who is director of the energy programme at the prestigious Spanish think-tank Elcano Royal Institute and professor of economics at the Spanish Open University, presented data which showed how Spain has become a world leader in renewable energies and at the top of electricity generation from these sources, especially from wind and solar energies.

He emphasised that the Spanish energy efficiency sector is taking big steps year after year and that, with the current trends, Spain will be able to reach the EU 2020 agreed goals.

Ambassador Felipe de la Morena explained the seminar was a follow-up to a series of events the embassy is organising to promote economic relations between the two countries and to increase awareness of business opportunities in Spain.MEDAC director Stephen Calleya highlighted the pertinence of the seminar as Malta strives to reach the EU targets for 2020 in renewable energies.

Maltese-Spanish Chamber of Commerce president Alfredo Muñoz Pérez referred to the MSCC’s role as a networking platform to promote business opportunities between the two countries, enhancing bilateral awareness and taking stock of the growing interest of competitive Spanish companies in establishing new international partnerships.A question and answer session concluded the seminar.


“Doing Business with Spain”, 21st February 2013

On 21st February 2013 the Spanish-Maltese Chamber of Commerce, the Embassy of Spain in Malta and the Internationalisation Desk of the Malta Chamber jointly organised an event entitled “Doing Business with Spain”. The event was well attended by many members of the two Chambers.

The event was opened by H.E. Ambassador Felipe de la Morena who referred to the event held last year in collaboration with Malta Enterprise. The Ambassador said that this year’s event was seen by the Embassy as a preparation for an outgoing business delegation to Spain hopefully later this year. Furthermore, he mentioned that the Embassy was planning an event in March related to renewable energy. The Ambassador spoke about the current economic situation in Spain as well as the current Spanish-Maltese economic relations.

The Chairman of the Internationalisation Committee Mr Peter Grima, welcomed participants on behalf of the Malta Chamber and noted with satisfaction that this was the second event organised jointly with the Spanish-Maltese Chamber. Mr Grima remarked that the Malta Chamber has registered strong interest in doing business with Spain in connection with the on-going internationalisation survey of Maltese business.

The President of the Spanish-Maltese Chamber of Commerce, Mr Alfredo Muñoz Pérez stated that his is a young organisation established in 2009 but one that had already organised several successful events collaborating closely with stakeholders such as the Embassy, Malta Enterprise and the Malta Chamber. He stressed that while the crisis in Spain was severe, it had also created many business opportunities and been an impetus for Spanish graduates to become entrepreneurs.

Keynote speaker, Antonio Llanos, Commercial and Economic Counsellor at the Spanish Embassy, gave an extensive presentation illustrating the size and importance of the Spanish economy which is the 13th largest in the world. He also went into great detail about the restructuring that had been taking place in the Spanish economy as a response to the economic crisis. Mr Llanos highlighted the sectors in which Spain was a world leader including green technology, transport, ICT, biotechnology and aerospace. He also spoke about the great potential of Spain as a gateway to the many Spanish speaking markets in the world.


“Malta – Spain Business Opportunities”, Wednesday 24th October, 2012

The Maltese-Spanish Chamber of Commerce takes part in the first ever trade mission from Spain to Malta.
The business delegation from Spain was hosted by Malta Enterprise for a business forum and networking sessions that were aimed at providing further information about Malta and the opportunities that entrepreneurs wishing to do business in the country can avail themselves of.

From right to left: H.E. the Ambassador of Spain in Malta Felipe de la Morena, Hon. Tonio Fenech, Minister of Finance, Lawrence Zammit Malta Enterprise Chairman.

The Spanish delegation, which was led by Mr Joan Canals from the Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations (CEOE) and H.E. the Ambassador of Spain in Malta Felipe de la Morena, comprised around 30 representatives of companies operating in sectors such as ICT, financial services, aviation, energy, food and beverage, industrial components, sports, construction and security installations.
Minister for Finance, the Economy and Investment Tonio Fenech opened the business forum. Presentations were delivered by Malta Enterprise and the Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations to give details about the business environment and the benefits of doing business in the respective countries.
A series of one-to-one meetings between the representatives of the Spanish companies with around 60 Maltese companies ensued, through which the entrepreneurs had the opportunity to establish new contacts and discuss prospective business collaborations.
While in Malta, the business delegation – which was organised by Malta Enterprise with the support of the Embassy of Spain in Malta, the Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations, the Malta-Spain Chamber of Commerce, and the Embassy of Malta in Spain – also paid a courtesy visit to the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry.
Malta and Spain have strong historical ties, with trade exchanges on the upward trend in the past year and a sizeable Spanish investment in Malta. Various initiatives are also being taken to lead to the strengthening of commercial ties, both in terms of trade and investment.
Amongst other concrete actions, Malta Enterprise appointed a resident regional leader for Spain and also took a number of initiatives over the past year – including participation in specialised fairs, FDI promotion events and the publication of articles in leading media – and is also looking forward to organising further initiatives including an outgoing business delegation to Spain in the coming year.
(Photos courtesy of DOI)

WINE TASTING - Wednesday 20th June, 2012

In a series of events aimed at promoting Spanish wines in Malta, on 20 June, the Embassy of Spain and the Maltese-Spanish Chamber of Commerce presented to local industry experts a selection of eight renowned wines from four of González Byass’ six wineries from the regions of DO Jerez, DOCa Rioja, Tierra de Cádiz and Tierra de Castilla. They were presented by González Byass representative, Christopher Canale-Parola.

Spanish Ambassador, HE Felipe de la Morena

 

 

The event was hosted at the residence of the Spanish Ambassador, Felipe de la Morena, who described the international importance of the wine industry in Spain and expressed his desire to further enhance the presence of Spanish wines in Malta and promote business relations between the two countries. The Chairman of the Maltese-Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Mr Alfredo Muñoz, also described

The increasing activities of the Chamber in Malta. The event was attended by experts from restaurants and hotels on the Island.

Mr Alfredo Muñoz

 

 

Other guests included Mr Tony Zahra, President of Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association, Paul Bonnici, distributor for González Byass in Malta, as well as wine producers and members of the Maltese-Spanish Chamber of Commerce.

 

Mr Christopher Canale-Parola

Guests had the opportunity to taste a selection of wines that began with the iconic Tio Pepe, a dry fino sherry. The tasting concluded with the indulgent dessert sherry Nectar. The guests were enthusiastic about the event, particularly about the quality and variety of the wines presented, the warm welcome from the Spanish Ambassador and the clear strengthening of the commercial relationship between Spain and Malta. The Spanish company DaGusto Wine Marketing was a key collaborating partner in the organization of the event.

 

          

 

BUSINESS BREAKFAST - Wednesday 14th March 2012

Villa Corinthia Attard was the setting for a successful working breakfast organised by the Embassy of Spain in Malta and the Maltese Spanish Chamber of Commerce (MSCC) on Wednesday 14th March.
His Excellency His Excellency Dr. Felipe de la Morena Casado, Ambassador for Spain introduced two distinguished Spanish professors of Economics, namely, Alejandro Lorca, Professor of Economic Analysis in the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, and Gonzalo Escribano, Professor of Applied Economics in the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED). The two academics discussed Spain’s present economic situation and future prospects in the Mediterranean context. The event was attended by guests from a diverse range of private businesses, professions, academics and institutions in Malta. Mr. Hugh Arrigo, member of the Executive Committee addressed the guests highlighting the objectives of MSCC in promoting Hispano-Maltese trade relations. Mr. Tancred Tabone, President of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry also addressed the audience.
The key speakers had the opportunity to share with the guests, their vision of the ongoing transition going on in Spain under the new government in pushing forward the necessary reforms to get the economy on sound footing. On the other hand, the discussion centred also on positive moves which the Maltese side is working with its Spanish counterparts in utilizing the present channels for mutual benefit. It was encouraging to note the accent on confidence building measures which help in alleviating the difficult crisis which Spain had experienced. Surely, the Spanish optimism is bound to have a domino effect on the rest of Europe.

 

COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC

Courtesy visit to His Excellency the President of Malta, Dr. George Abela

The Executive Committee of the Maltese-Spanish Chamber of Commerce (MSCC) accompanied by His Excellency Dr. Felipe de la Morena Casado, Ambassador for Spain paid a courtesy visit to His Excellency the President of Malta, Dr. George Abela at San Anton Palace on the 6th October  2011.

During the visit Mr. Francis J. Vassallo, President together with the Board members explained what MSCC stands for and described the steady increase of business in both directions following the signing of the Malta-Spain Double Taxation Agreement. The Ambassador quoted some interesting key economic factors in evidence in the bilateral trade.  H.E. Dr. spoke of the value of the national chambers of commerce in the promotion of commerce, industry and tourism.

Mr. Vassallo introduced the members of the Executive Committee, who appear from left to right in the photograph with His Excellency the President of Malta: Mr. Giorgio Peresso, Secretary; Mr Mark Galea (Medichem Ltd.); Dr. James Muscat Azzopardi; Mr. Andrew Cefai (Credence Corporate Advisory Services); His Excellency Dr. Felipe de la Morena Casado; His Excellency Dr. George Abela; Mr. Francis J. Vassallo, President; Mr Alfredo Muñoz Perez; Mr. Hugh Arrigo (Attard & Co.) and Mr. Julius Bozzino, (Lombard Bank). Two other members of the Committee were not present, namely Mr. Josè Ribera, management consultant and Dr. Luis Alguèro, partner of the Spanish law firm, Diaz-Bastien & Truman. The composition of the Executive is made up of representatives in a number of economic sectors. Spanish investment in Malta is represented by Medichem, an internationally respected pharmaceutical company, specializing in the development. manufacture and marketing of generic Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients for the global pharmaceutical industry. MAPFRE, the largest insurance group in Spain owns a controlling shareholding in Middle Sea Insurance, Malta largest insurance company.

(Photo courtesy of DOI)

 

In the presence of Ms Maria-Isabel Vicandi, the Ambassador of Spain to Malta; Hon. Tonio Fenech, Minister of Finance, the Economy and Investment; Helga Ellul, President of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry and many other prominent guests the Maltese-Spanish Chamber of Commerce (MSCC) was launched at the Ambassador’s residence on 22nd October 2009. (Photo courtesy of DOI)

 

The business delegation from Spain was hosted by Malta Enterprise for a business forum and networking sessions that were aimed at providing further information about Malta and the opportunities that entrepreneurs wishing to do business in the country can avail themselves of.

The Spanish delegation, which was led by Mr Joan Canals from the Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations (CEOE) and H.E. the Ambassador of Spain in Malta Felipe de la Morena, comprised around 30 representatives of companies operating in sectors such as ICT, financial services, aviation, energy, food and beverage, industrial components, sports, construction and security installations.

Minister for Finance, the Economy and Investment Tonio Fenech opened the business forum. Presentations were delivered by Malta Enterprise and the Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations to give details about the business environment and the benefits of doing business in the respective countries.

A series of one-to-one meetings between the representatives of the Spanish companies with around 60 Maltese companies ensued, through which the entrepreneurs had the opportunity to establish new contacts and discuss prospective business collaborations.

While in Malta, the business delegation – which was organised by Malta Enterprise with the support of the Embassy of Spain in Malta, the Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations, the Malta-Spain Chamber of Commerce, and the Embassy of Malta in Spain – also paid a courtesy visit to the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry.

Malta and Spain have strong historical ties, with trade exchanges on the upward trend in the past year and a sizeable Spanish investment in Malta. Various initiatives are also being taken to lead to the strengthening of commercial ties, both in terms of trade and investment.

Amongst other concrete actions, Malta Enterprise appointed a resident regional leader for Spain and also took a number of initiatives over the past year – including participation in specialised fairs, FDI promotion events and the publication of articles in leading media – and is also looking forward to organising further initiatives including an outgoing business delegation to Spain in the coming year.