Opposition leader Adrian Delia has stated that development is frequently considered as being in conflict with the environment, but this should not be the case.
In a meeting with the Developers’ Association, Dr Delia said there should be joint efforts with developers to create beneficial opportunities for the country. Dr Delia added that the Nationalist Party wants a serious discussion to establish how development can be sustainable over a period of years.
Dr Delia further stated that Government should be obliged to safeguard land use in the most sustainable manner. The PN leader added that for this reason he believes Government should not compete with private industry, and he also does not agree with the use of public funds for the purchase of bank shares. Dr Delia also said a serious study should be undertaken to establish why rents had gone up, and for a solution about this to be found.
The President of the Developers’ Association, Sandro Chetcuti, urged the Nationalist Party to be pro-business, just like Government. Mr Chetcuti added that the construction industry should not be a political football, and mentioned the industry’s importance to the economy, stating that the industry employs 37,000 workers. Chetcuti further stated that the industry contributes the highest amount of tax among all industries.
Mr Chetcuti presented a study which had been commissioned by the industry to evaluate the impact of construction work on the Maltese environment, saying he hoped it would serve as a basis for discussion regarding the future direction for the industry.