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21 October 2009 Official Launch of the Majjistral Action Group Foundation
The launch of the Majjistral Action Group (MAG) Foundation as a public private partnership in Gozo was officially announced on Wednesday 21st October 2009. The foundation’s main aim is that through its establishment Gozo may be able to participate in the LEADER Project – a new approach for the Maltese Archipelago that can be implemented under the Rural Development Plan 2007-2013. The Hon. Chris Said, Parliamentary Secretary for Public Dialogue and Information within the Office of the Prime Minister, was present during the press activity that was held in the Corinthia Hotel, Ħ’Attard.
The MAG Foundation is the result of a consultation process between local stakeholders that started in 2006, which included several meetings with national and international experts. The Parliamentary Secretary for Public Dialogue and Information was instrumental in the foundation of MAG. The MAG is a non-profit foundation composed of Local Councils representatives, NGOs, the general business sector, the tourism sector and also the agricultural community. The Local Councils in the Majjistral of Malta that are founding members are: Ħal Lija, L-Imġarr, Il-Mellieħa, Għargħur, Ir-Rabat, Ħad-Dingli, L-Imtarfa, San Pawl il-Baħar, Is-Siġġiewi, In-Naxxar, L-Iklin, Ħ’Attard and l-Imdina.
Notary Dr Ian Castaldi Paris was chosen as chairman of the Foundation.
The Hon. Chris Said said that through the MAG will have the opportunity to start benefiting from the EU Leader project initiative. All sectors within the society in the area will have the opportunity that together they develop and implement specific strategies for the Majjistral of Malta. The Parliamentary Secretary for Public Dialogue and Information urged that the GAG must strive to maximize the talent’s potential and innovation in the area, as well to develop a strategy for the benefit of the area and its residents, while it becomes an active policy maker and an example of Public Private Partnership built on the island’s interest. The Leader initiative allows citizens and interested parties to determine the regional sustainable development. The MAG shall be an effective tool through which this objective may be reached.
All individuals, businesses and entities in the region are invited to enrol as members of this group, which is prepared to immediately, start promoting the LEADER scheme in Majjistral as well as starting the consultation process to define the Local Development Strategy