Justyne Caruana, Clayton Bartolo, Miriam Dalli and Clyde Caruana were today sworn-in as Ministers by President George Vella during a ceremony at San Anton Palace. In their first comments to Television Malta, the new Ministers spoke about their priorities.
Education Minister Justyne Caruana pledged that she will work to strengthen the educational sector. “I will lead by the principle of a parent of children who attend schools. Therefore I am aware of the challenges that educators and families face, and I will work with them to identify the challenges”.
A major priority for Tourism and Consumer Protection Minister, Clayton Bartolo, is to convert this challenging time into one of opportunities. “We have to encourage the sector and all those involved in this important sector to find a balance between health and everything that assists the sector to recover”.
Following six years of European Parliament work, Dr Miriam Dalli is now entrusted with the Energey, Enterprise and Sustainable Development, responsibilities which she told TVM show a clear signal of the Government’s direction with regards to sustainability. “The ultimate aim is to decarbonize the economy and important sectors through our policies on energy and enterprises that incorporate sustainable development goals – this is my vision”.
As Minister of Finance and Labour, Clyde Caruana’s priorities are that Government finances remain solid and the labour market remains stable. “Government finances need to remain strong, however as to employment, we have to see that Maltese and Gozitan families keep their jobs and therefore my efforts are to complement the financial assistance so that the Maltese labour market remains strong”.
The swearing-in ceremony of the ministers was presided by President George Vella in the presence of Prime Minister Robert Abela and a limited number of relatives and distinguished persons in order to respect the pandemic’s restrictions.