New Gozo Museum in the pipeline, sister island to get its own fibre optic link

The white paper on the devolution of administrative activities will kick-start a public consultation process to study the option of giving Gozo more autonomy

For the first time, Gozitan students attending a private higher education in Malta will start receiving a stipend.
For the first time, Gozitan students attending a private higher education in Malta will start receiving a stipend.

Gozitans may have a greater say in what goes on as government is preparing to launch a white paper on the devolution of administrative activities. 

The white paper will kick-start a public consultation process to study the option of giving Gozo more autonomy in that Gozo has a greater say in its decisions.

Finance Minister Edward Scicluna reminded MPs that the government had managed to reduce the rate of unemployment from 750 to 500 in just over three years.

The government is allocating €3.2 million for the installation of a fibre optic link, with the hope of attracting further investment in IT and digital economy.

For the first time, Gozitan students attending a private higher education in Malta will start receiving a stipend. 

The sister island will get its own €5 million Gozo Museum, the minister announced.

Finally, Gozo will get its own ‘national’ pool which will also be used to attract sports tourism. 

Embellishment projects are also planned for Gozo, including restoration works, upgrading of squares and extensive clean-up of valleys.

Public consultation will also be launched in a bid to find a solution for the parking problem in Rabat. 

To increase sea connection, a request for proposal will be issued for the provision of a fast ferry service between Mgarr and Valletta.

As already announced, the sub-sea tunnel geological studies will be carried out next year by the University of Malta. The minister announced that a public call for a design, build and operate will be issued.

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