About the Author: Lorraine Hariton serves as Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.
Against a backdrop of beautiful gardens and sunshine, I was honored to be welcomed by both Deputy Prime Minister Tonio Borg and Minister of Finance, Economy, and Investment Tonio Fenech when I arrived in Malta last week. I made the journey to discuss possible areas of cooperation between Malta and the United States with a view to commercial activity in North Africa, especially Libya.
Minister Fenech explained that, over the years, Malta has built an important relationship with Libya that cuts across all sectors. I learned the security situation in Libya continues to improve, and that investment and development opportunities exist. Both the U.S. and Maltese governments hope to build on this meeting to develop Malta’s potential as a commercial engagement hub for North Africa.
Minister Fenech described the visit as the foundation stone for a Maltese-American…more »