MDA President says that construction industry cannot cope with any pauses in growth
The President of the Malta Developers Association Sandro Chetcuti, said that the construction industry cannot cope with any pauses in growth, because this could lead to regression.
During the Annual General Meeting of the MDA, Mr Chetcuti complained about a lack of long-term planning and expressed his wish that the whole country does not end up like Qawra and Bugibba.
PM Joseph Muscat said that planning is crucial but does not agree with the argument that planning should be done on forecasts of what the country might need in another 25 years. He said that planning needs to be flexible and reflect situations which can change in the short term. Speaking about land reclamation, the PM said that this is inevitable because of large infrastructural projects.
Opposition Leader Adrian Delia spoke about the need for long-term planning. He said that the time has come to have a plan so that building reflects the needs of the country over the next ten years. He praised the insistence of the MDA that land reclamation should not be used for speculation.