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GRTU Malta Chamber of SMEs has today been awarded the first prize with its initiative entitled Enabling the Digital Transformation of Maltese SMEs within the category of Supporting the Internationalisation of Businesses.
Within this initiative GRTU has undertaken many activities for Maltese businesses to increase their online presence and help Malta reap more from being part of the single market. Amongst the initiatives undertaken are financial incentives to help small businesses go online, publication of a guidebook, development of an online learning tool and a themed conference.
GRTU has been working hard to help Maltese businesses take the next steps when it comes to their online presence. Statistical research showed that after only a few years of EU membership, internet penetration for Maltese households was increasing drastically and Maltese consumers buying online increased from 26% in 2007 to 51% in 2010.
Left to right - Marthese Micallef – GRTU Council Member, Paul Baldacchino – Chief Officer, Business 1st Ltd, Abigail Mamo – CEO, GRTU
Il-Burdnara Sectional Committee fi ħdan il-GRTU tistqarr it-tħassib tagħha dwar id-dewmien żejjed u l-mod li qegħdin jiġu trattati burdnara li joperaw mill-Port Ħieles
Dan id-dewmien b’mod partikolari, qiegħed jinħass nhar ta’ Tnejn fejn jidħlu ammont kbir ta’ trailers. Il-GRTU tirrimarka li kienet ressqet suġġerimenti minħabba n-numru kbir ta’ trailers li kull ma jmur qegħdin jidħlu fil-Port Ħieles. Fid-dawl ta’ dan, bl-istess mod għandhom jiżdiedu r-riżorsi u l-investimenti tal-Malta Freeport Corporation biex il-ħruġ jkun faċilitat. Il-GRTU ilha żmien twil tisħaq biex tiġi miftuħa gate oħra eżistenti u jiżdied l-istaff biex b’hekk jitħaffef l-proċess u jittaffa d-dewmien esaġerat li jiffaċċjaw ma’ wiċċhom il-membri tal-GRTU ta’ kuljum. Din il-gate għandha tintuża għal ħruġ ta’ Roro trailers u xogħol ieħor konvenzjonali bħal żrar u ħadid li żdied fil-Port Ħieles. Il-gate prinċipali u eżistenti għandha tibqa’ tintuża biss għal ħruġ ta’ containers.
As the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force today, GRTU Malta Chamber of SMEs would like to note that whilst supporting the rights of citizens and the importance to protect their personal data, we need to give more times for fuller implementation by businesses.
The aim of the GDPR is to bring all member states in line under one common regulation. The GDPR increases privacy for individuals and aims to ensure that personal data gathered is gathered lawfully and with the individuals’ full consent. The new regulation also gives regulatory authorities more power to act on those who do not comply. In this regard, local authorities can now impose harsher fines with up to 4% of annual turnover or Euro 20 million, whichever is greater.
Following a number of queries GRTU would like to notify its members to be cautious of a fraudulent letter being sent by a company calling itself 'European Business Number (EBN)' addressed to their business asking for verification of their Maltese VAT number details and offering ‘free’ advertising services.