Economic forecast for Malta

The Maltese economy is expected to grow strongly by 5.7% in 2022, driven by domestic demand and export of services, including tourism. Growth is forecast to moderate to 2.8% in 2023, as the supporting growth momentum of services exports fades and the impact of higher prices reduces household purchasing power, and reach 3.7% in 2024. Malta has kept energy prices unchanged due to the implementation of sizeable government measures. The government remains committed to keeping energy prices stable also for 2023 and 2024.

Fitch Affirms Malta at 'A+'; Outlook Stable

Fri 11 Nov, 2022 - 5:01 PM ET

 

Fitch Ratings - Frankfurt am Main - 11 Nov 2022: Fitch Ratings has affirmed Malta's Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'A+' with a Stable Outlook.

A full list of rating actions is at the end of this rating action commentary.

 

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Economy passes Fitch test

The first test of investors’ perception of the Maltese economy following the political crisis that erupted at the end of 2019 was rating agency Fitch’s report on Malta.

Malta’s A+ rating with a positive outlook has been confirmed mainly as a result of Malta’s euro area membership and institutions stronger than the majority of ‘A’ rated peers.

Robert Abela elected as Malta’s new PM

Malta's Labour Party has elected Robert Abela as its new leader and prime minister to replace Joseph Muscat.

Abela was elected by Labour Party members in the night from Saturday to Sunday, beating his opponent Chris Fearne with 57.9 percent of the vote.

Progressing safely in a riskier world – Governor, Mario Vella

"Progressing safely in a riskier world" was the theme and main message of the traditional policy speech delivered by Dr Mario Vella, Governor of the Central Bank of Malta, at the recent annual dinner of the Institute of Financial Services.

 

Although the international environment is increasingly characterised by heightened political turbulence, by uncertainty regarding trade policies, by the Brexit unknown and by concerns related to climate change, Malta will continue to experience positive economic growth in 2020.

 

BOV appoints Rick Hunkin as new Chief Executive Officer

 

Bank of Valletta p.l.c. hereby announces that the Board of Directors has resolved to appoint Rick David Hunkin as BOV’s Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 January 2020. In his capacity as CEO, Mr Hunkin will also sit on the Bank’s Board of Directors as an Executive Director.  His appointment is subject to regulatory approval.

Hunkin, the first BOV CEO to be appointed from outside the Bank’s ranks, will succeed Mario Mallia following his retirement from the Bank on the 31 December 2019.

Purchasing power in Malta nearly reaches EU average

Fifteen years after EU accession, Malta has nearly bridged the gap in terms of people’s purchasing power when compared to the European average, according to a study published by the European Commission. In 2019, Malta’s GDP per capita index (PPS) reached 96 per cent of the EU average, which represents an increase of 10 per centage points when compared to 2016. The PPS index is similar to a common currency which factors the difference in price levels across member states, in order to be able to make a comparison on respective purchasing power levels.

Malta tops EU growth forecast

Malta's economy is expected to grow fastest among EU countries this year and next year, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

The economy is projected to grow by 5.3 per cent compared to a 1.2 per cent average in the euro area. Hungary and Poland come immediately after Malta with a growth forecast of 4.4%. 

Malta's growth next year is projected to be 4.8%, a full percentage point ahead of the next placed countries. 

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