Decisive action and strategic foresight

As Malta moves into 2024, a pivotal year awaits, marked by crucial European Parliament elections and local elections scheduled for June 8th.

The political pace is expected to increase and parties are preparing for an election campaign that will begin as early as January. This period will not only determine Malta’s representation in the European Parliament, but will also shape the local governance landscape.

The current Labor Party faces the dual challenge of maintaining its stronghold while regaining the trust of disappointed voters. Although her campaign has a European focus, it will tactically focus on national issues and aim to appeal to the local electorate. The strategy is clear: transform discontent into a renewed mandate by addressing pressing national concerns.

On the other hand, the Nationalist Party aims to regain lost areas in local councils. The PN is targeting former strongholds such as St Paul’s Bay, Mosta, Valletta and Siġġiewi and is adopting a more local campaign approach. The aim is clear: to restore the PN’s influence in areas that gradually turned towards the PL in the last elections.

There is an urgent need across party lines for competent, committed representatives to represent Malta’s interests in the European Parliament. Voters must look beyond partisan preferences and identify candidates who have the vision and ability to effectively represent Malta on the European stage.

Likewise, for local councils, the emphasis should be on a mix of youth and experience, focusing on people who have demonstrated integrity and commitment to their communities.

Aside from the election, I believe there are other pressing needs we should focus on throughout the year.

The coming year is not just about elections and economic strategies; It is about setting the course for a future that reflects the aspirations and potential of the Maltese people

Malta’s economy, while stable, faces the challenge of oversaturation in its key sectors. 2024 must be the year the nation focuses on identifying and promoting new, sustainable industries. This change is not just a response to the current economic situation, but a proactive measure to future-proof the Maltese economic landscape.

Finding a new lucrative industry is not about quick fixes, but rather sustainable, long-term solutions. It’s about industries that are not based on fleeting trends, but on solid foundations that can withstand global economic changes. The success stories of Maltese’s past, for example in the financial, aviation, shipping and iGaming sectors, serve as blueprints. The goal is clear: brainstorming, exploring and ultimately concretizing an industry that offers future generations not only jobs but also careers.

A key aspect of this transition is the adaptation of the Maltese educational framework to the new needs of the industry. This is a concerted effort to equip the Maltese workforce with the skills required in this new industry. Collaboration between educational institutions and industry leaders will be crucial in designing a curriculum that is as forward-thinking as it is practical.

There is one more thing that I think should be addressed. Malta’s social fabric has long been intertwined with a system of political patronage, a legacy that has both shaped and sometimes hindered its development.

If we are to address this, we must promote a meritocratic society where success and progress is based on skill, knowledge and ability rather than political connections.

This change requires not only political changes, but also a cultural revolution that emphasizes the value of education and personal development. Establishing think tanks and working groups dedicated to this issue can advance initiatives aimed at gradually changing societal norms and expectations.

As Malta stands at the crossroads of change in 2024, the decisions made and the paths taken will have a lasting impact. The coming year is not just about elections and economic strategies; It is about setting the course for a future that reflects the aspirations and potential of the Maltese people. It is a year of strategic vision, decisive action and, above all, hope for the collective effort to usher in a new era of prosperity and progress for Malta.

Alan Abela Wadge is a former municipal councilor in Msida and former president of the PN municipal councils.

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