Malta Chamber says systems to cut down corruption, clientelism a priority for government budget

The Chamber of Commerce wants the government to prioritise its efforts to lower increasing corruption, abuse and clientelism in the next Budget.

Publishing its annual wish list ahead of the 2024 Budget, the Chamber said the government should introduce robust systems in its administration to ensure that acts of corruption, fraud and abuse are immediately flagged and brought under control.

It also wants the authorities to introduce a demarcation line between political and administrative decisions and for the institutions, such as the National Audit Office, to be allowed to work effectively and to take necessary action.

Pointing out that the ongoing culture of abuse of power and clientelism was putting a heavy burden on government finances, it appealed for more decisive action and zero-tolerance to abuse, mainly “that facilitated by those entrusted with political and administrative responsibility”.

Echoing a similar message by Gozo Bishop Anton Teuma, the Malta Chamber said: “Practices that encourage people to opt out of productive employment, either by taking up public sector jobs requiring minimal effort or by applying for benefits under false pretences, have a destabilising effect on our labour market”.

“Systemic abuses are costing millions in public funds that could easily be invested in systems that would eradicate the possibility of rackets,” the Chamber said.

The business representatives said taxpayer money should be invested in areas of rapid deterioration, such as traffic, shabbiness and proper waste management.

Among the Malta Chamber’s proposals for the finance ministry are the full digitisation of government services with real time tracking to eliminate abuse, rotation of staff handling sensitive applications, automation of customer care services and reform of public procurement, among others.

The Malta Chamber recalled that according to the latest Eurobarometer results, 92% of respondents perceive corruption as widespread in Malta.

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Francis Said
Francis Said
26 days ago

With corruption a government wins votes, but loses it’s International Reputation and it’s prospects of real and productive investment.
Typical examples, Electrogas, AUM University and the bid bang Vitals/Steward hospitals. These are all sharks that are contributing little or nothing to our economy.
Also the misuse of EU funds is there for all to see. Public and private individuals benefitting from EU funds to build boutique hotels and other businesses amenities that Gozo can certainly do without

A. Fan
A. Fan
26 days ago

Politicians must stop taking money from big business and bending the rules, says big business.Or is this just not-so-big business talking? Or both saying what they think the sheeple want to hear, with a wink wink and a nudge nudge to their real audience of crooked politicians, political appointees and civil servants?

Anne R. key
Anne R. key
26 days ago

Dream on, every appointment handed out in every government entity these past years were ONLY given to ‘il hbieb tal hbieb’! Tailor made with applications written by awardees themselves. We live in a fully fledged autocracy, where voicing an opinion makes you an outcast, ostracised and ridiculed. Administrations prefer party loyalty to academia – because the latter are not easily controlled. The death knell for our small nation starting ringing from 2013, today the bell’s hammer has worn thin…..!

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