The maritime sector is a vast and dynamic area, with activities which can significantly overlap. This overlap can be spatially and/or temporally complementary or conflicting in nature.. The Blue Economy is a term which refers to the sustainably managed growth of the existing and potential activities and opportunities in the offshore domain. Constraints to effectively integrating all efforts in the sector, due to sheer size and diversity of the areas, is exacerbated by theinherent fragmentation. This limits the overarching development potential of the sector overall and consequently restricts the benefits that can be achieved. Optimal synchronisations of the sector will replace the apparent disintegration present in both the private and public sector in Malta. This will be achieved through the coordinated efforts of Government principally via its new Agency, ‘Malta Marittima’, Concerted attempts are to be made to increase coordination and interaction in order to exploit the full potential that the Maltese maritime sector is capable of offering.
1. The ongoing efforts in reducing and simplifying bureaucracy and the associated processes are an integral part of the public sector. The Agency aims to provide a top quality service in a timely and coherent manner in the sphere of the maritime industries which seeks to establish and identify the Agency as an ‘Enabler’ in the economic market. Such principles will create a framework that goes beyond establishing an enabling economic environment but one that also offers bespoke services to meet the needs of individual business investors to maximise growth and their economic contribution. Reduction of bureaucracy will be achieved, amongst various other measures, by the direct result of the developments in e-Government with particular emphasis on e-Maritime solutions such as the National Single Window where all information may be shared between government entities thus contributing towards better governance and increased transparency.
2. The Agency will strive to implement the existing legal framework in an effective and efficient manner with the scope to establish and strengthen legal certainty, reducing regulatory burdens and administrative bottlenecks with a view to enhancing the level of foreign investment.
Government intends to extend the Digital Malta strategy to incorporate E-Maritime solutions. The vision of Digital Malta for business development is complimentary to that for the maritime sector and can provide numerous opportunities for growth in the field, leading to a marked improvement in the performance of the blue area. E-Maritime development together with the establishment of an Agency will lead to effective coordination across the board, as well as, the creation of a promotion platform for the maritime sector, both locally and internationally. Moreover, this will ensure that Malta will be in line with the EU e-Maritime initiative that drives the use of information technologies in the maritime transport sector. Malta has always looked favourably towards EU initiatives which refer to the simplification of port processes such as the national single window, e-maritime initiative and the Blue Belt project, as these are aimed at cutting unnecessary red tape and also to upgrade a ports’ efficiency. This will allow for marine vessels to operate freely within the EU internal market with minimum administrative burden.