The Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister Carmelo Abela announced that Mr James Pearsall will be appointed Chairperson of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD). Mr Pearsall was nominated by the Government after full consultation with the social partners members within the Council.
James Pearsall will take over the role at the end of July, with this serving as a transition period until then. Pearsall will be the sixth chairperson of the MCESD.
Minister Carmelo Abela thanked Mr John Bencini for serving as Chairperson of the MCESD for seven years. Whilst Minister Abela congratulated Mr Pearsall on his appointment, he remarked that he is convinced Mr Pearsall will be making his contribution to further strengthening social dialogue in the interest of the common good.
Mr Pearsall has experience in both trade unionism and in administration. The Minister said that with this appointment, the MCESD should go further and should strengthen its structures so that the social partners continue to find common ground on which to work together.
In his comments, Mr Pearsall stated that the next step is to enable consultation to become a powerful tool. This can be achieved if each entity within the Council is better prepared. He added that a strong social environment cannot be achieved without a prosperous economy.
Mr James Pearsall started his career at Malta Drydocks and continued working for many years in the field of vocational training including the opening of vocational schools, as well as participating fully in the establishment of MCAST where he retired from his position as one of the directors at the Institute of Building and Construction Engineering.
Mr Pearsall gave his contribution to the trade union field where he served for years as President of the General Workers Unions and through which he was also a member of the MCESD. Mr Pearsall holds a Master’s degree in HR Training & Performance Management as well as a Diploma in Social Studies. He is part of the IPS educational board of the Institute of Public Service, which offers continuous professional training to all public service employees. For many years, he has been contributing to the work of the Industrial Tribunal.