Minister for Gozo, Clint Camilleri, said that for the forthcoming year a record of €74 million in funds have been voted for Gozo.
He said that such a sum is highly encouraging and will enable the continuation of the infrastructural agenda concerning road reconstructions as well as in projects beneficial for Gozitans. This will also be of benefit for all who visit Gozo but mainly act as an incentive to offer greater finance, more schemes and more initiatives to create employment in Gozo.
Minister Camilleri said that connectivity remain a high priority in the Ministry’s agenda. He said the time has now come to choose the designers, the financing and the operators to implement the work needed and offer advantages to all those Gozitans that have to daily commute to Malta to work. He added the Government wants the Gozo Channel fleet to add a fourth vessel on a permanent basis as well as to commence a fast service between Gozo and the Grand Harbour.
The Minister said that work on a second fibre optic cable has now been completed and will begin to operate in the coming weeks. He expressed his belief this will attract new investment to Gozo, including that in the gaming and innovation spheres.
Architect Camilleri said that next year work will begin on the reconstruction of several principle roads including those from Rabat and Xagħra that lead to Marsalforn.
The Minister said that the construction of an aquatic centre at Rabat will begin on Sunday and will be completed by next year so as to enable to attract more aquatic sport tourism to Gozo.