Malta means business

A penthouse in Tigne Point offers a luxurious base and a convenient location in Malta.

A recent piece in an annual retirement listing proclaimed Malta as having "the best climate in the world". In 2013, the European Union's smallest nation - the republic of Malta, comprised of three tiny Mediterranean islands, Malta, Gozo and Comino - still ranks in International Living's top 10.

Wednesday, 6 February, 2013, 4:59am

Tiny Malta makes impact

Mediterranean islands fringed by white-sand beaches and azure seas have always been a magnet for foreign holidaymakers. In the heady days until 2009, Greece was one of their favourite playgrounds.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Christine's island adventure

Christine Che travelled overseas by herself for the first time last year. Instead of joining a tour, though, the 16-year-old signed up for a language programme on an island she had never heard of before: Malta. Without fellow tourists to worry about, she was able to go all over the beautiful island.

18 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

A village's driving force

University student Ian Borg became the youngest mayor in the world when he won a local council election in the European island of Malta early last year. He was only 19 at the time.

Having established the youth section of the Maltese Labour Party in his village of Dingli at 16, Borg decided to run for election two years later.

25 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Only 20, but he's a mayor

He was the youngest mayor in the world at one time. Ian Borg (pictured) is from a small village in Malta called Dingli, and in 2003 he was elected to his town's top position. Now 20, he's part of a cultural and trade delegation that passed through Hong Kong over the weekend. But back home, this politico prodigy and law student still lives with his parents.

24 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

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23 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Maltese visit a sign retreat has started

National People's Congress Chairman Li Peng yesterday received parliamentarians from Malta in the seaside resort of Beidaihe - the first sign the annual leadership conference has begun.

Xinhua said Mr Li met Anton Tabone, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Malta, in the resort in Hebei province.

25 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Malta teu throughput soars

Malta Freeport handled a record 82,786 teu (20 ft equivalent units) in January, an increase of 69 per cent over January last year's figures, freeport chairman Marin Hili said.

Mr Hili also said Malta had won a tender to serve as the Mediterranean hub for the Grand Alliance consortium.

27 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Mounting losses for Malta

State-owned Malta Shipbuilding made losses of 30 million Maltese pounds (about HK$585 million) between 1995 and September, Prime Minister Alfred Sant said. He said the firm lost MGBP8 million in the first nine months of last year on top of losses of GBP10.8 million in 1995 and GBP11 million in 1996. He said he wanted to see the yard recover without using taxpayers' money.

21 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Malta sells Soviet-ordered ships

The Maltese Government said that Malta Drydocks had sold six cargo ships originally ordered by the former Soviet Union but never paid for or delivered. The sale was announced by Mimcol, the holding company for Malta government investments, which refused to disclose to whom the ships were sold, or for how much.

22 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Malta faces cargo freeze

Malta cargo haulers said they would not handle any cargo going in and out of Maltese harbours until procedures for domestic cargo at Malta Freeport are improved.

12 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Malta Freeport trade increases

Malta Freeport handled 593,013 containers last year, an increase of 22,013 over the previous year.

Company chairman Marin Hili said the increase was achieved in the face of competition from Gioia Tauro in Italy. Malta Freeport was aiming to increase its activity to 700,000 containers this year and one million by 2000.

14 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Diane Butler

BUMPING into Diane Butler, who is soon to relocate to Malta with husband Alf, she launched excitedly into a travelogue about the delights of their new Mediterranean home. 'Do you know something?' she enthused, 'I will be just an hour-and-a-half from Rome.' Now there's a problem that Diane may not have envisaged.

25 Nov 1994 - 12:00am