Innovation is the future of the Maltese economy - Minister Cardona

Innovation is the future of the Maltese economy - Minister Cardona

The 7th Follow the Entrepreneur Investor Summit, organised by Ariande Capital, is being held for the first time in Malta having been previously held in the UK. MIMCOL, one of the main entities which fall under the Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses, is one of the main sponsors of the conference.

In his opening speech on the second day of the summit, Minister Cardona said that the economy is not a static concept, but evolves like economy and technology. Innovation has seemingly revolutionised non-digital industries, while huge innovations can create economies for themselves, like the Internet of Things and electric cars are starting to create their own markets.

Innovation is the future of the Maltese economy

The Minister outlined two priorities for the future of enterprises including diversification to secure the prosperity of their own companies in a landscape defined by lower growth, geopolitical uncertainty, and rapid change in technology. Malta’s economic turnaround is in no small part to the government’s adoption of such an economic diversification strategy.

Enterprises must look outward and support a new agenda of opportunities. There is an opportunity in nearly all sectors of the economy by leveraging technology, and empowering and educating the workforce.

The Maltese Government is committed to giving freedom to entrepreneurs, slashing complex regulation as well as aiding start-ups with seed money schemes and catered incentives. The government is also working to place Malta as the new destination for start-ups in the Mediterranean by planning on setting up a campus for start-ups. This campus would be a centre for developing business ideas and a place for the incubation for new local and international businesses.

“I implore you all to look outwards and forwards. We all have a role to play in nurturing the necessary entrepreneurship ecosystem, and in building towards a prosperous innovation-driven society”, concluded Minister Chris Cardona.