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The Ambassador of Malta pays an official visit to Bremen

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Jun 24, 2022
 

Malta’s Ambassador to Germany, Vanni X​uereb, paid an official visit to the Free Hanseatic City-State of Bremen on 31 May, where he had official meetings with State authorities and, business representatives and visited the Malta Centre at the University of Bremen.


Founded in 2012 and jointly supported by the University of Malta and the University of Bremen, the Malta Centre is a centre for the promotion of the Maltese language and culture. Its principal role is to promote research on the Maltese language through scientific methods and instruments. To date, this is the only organisation of its kind outside of Malta. Ambassador Xuereb was welcomed by the Rector-designate of the University of Bremen, Prof. Dr Jutta Günther, and the Director of the Centre, Prof. Dr Thomas Stolz who announced that the two universities had just finalised a further two-year extension of their cooperation agreement. The Ambassador expressed his deep appreciation for the work being carried out at the University to study and promote the Maltese language., The Ambassador thanked all those involved in the Centre for their excellent contribution in promoting the Maltese language at an international level. It was agreed that the Embassy and the Centre would work closer together and also  organise joint events in Germany.


During the course of his visit, the Ambassador had separate meetings with Bremen Mayor Maike Schaefer who is also the State Minister (Senator) for Climate Protection, Environment, Mobility, Urban Development and Housing, and with the President of the State Parliament, Frank Imhoff. Ambassador Xuereb also had a meeting at the Chamber of Commerce with a delegation of the Chamber led by Vice-President Michael Frieß.


These meetings served as an opportunity to discuss many topics that are of mutual interest to both Malta and Bremen, especially considering the numerous similarities between the two states. Both Bremen and Malta, for example, have a thriving maritime industry, both have approximately the same population and are almost identical in land area. This means that they face similar challenges and opportunities and, thus, working together could be mutually beneficial.

During the meeting with Mayor Schaefer, the two sides agreed that, being small presented both challenges and opportunities such as the advantage of having decision-makers who are closer to the people. Discussions also revolved around infrastructure challenges, most notably when it comes to traffic management, and how the respective governments are tackling them. The Ambassador explained the initiatives undertaken by the Maltese Government such as the extensive projects to ease traffic issues and the decision to make public transport free for all from October.


Trade was the centre of the meeting at the Chamber of Commerce. The Ambassador emphasised the Government’s active support for the private sector and for foreign entrepreneurs interested in investing in or doing business with Malta. He also highlighted the Government’s vital support for the private sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, Ambassador Xuereb also highlighted measures adopted to counter the increase in the inflation rate.


The discussions also touched upon existent commercial activity between the two states, with the Ambassador explaining which sectors Malta was keen on promoting in terms of foreign investment. It was agreed to keep the communication channels open between the Chamber and the Embassy with a view to undertaking initiatives to increase trade between the two States.

At the State Parliament, the discussions with the President  revolved predominantly around issues relating to Climate Change, the War in Ukraine, the political situation in Malta and in Bremen and tourism.


Ambassador Xuereb was accompanied by Dr Thomas Stocker, Honorary Consul General of Malta for Bremen and Lower Saxony and Mark Anthony Abela, Deputy Head of Mission.


 


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