Economy Projects

Supporting Gozo's ditinctive qualities and enhancing tourism
Tourism is one of the strongest sectors in the economy of Gozo. Providing and supporting projects offering a better tourism product is essential for the island’s economic prosperity. In this regard a number of projects have been implemented, including the improvement of interpretation facilities in heritage buildings in Gozo and Comino by Din l-Art Helwa, the publication of a book by the Gozo Philatelic Society called Gozo in Philately, as well as the provision of equipment for...
Promoting Gozo internationally
Many of the ecoGozo actions, particularly those which are helping to improve the physical characteristics of the island, provide a positive impact also on the island’s tourism. Apart from this indirect contribution to the tourism sector, the ecoGozo Action Plan 2010-2012 also contemplated direct actions for the benefit of the tourism sector on the island. One of these measures involved the investment of more than €120,000 for the promotion of Gozo as a unique diving...
A Human Resources Strategy for Gozo
The Ministry for Gozo is currently developing a human resources strategy, which shall present an analysis of the human resource capabilities, potentials and needs of the Island of Gozo with recommendations and measures to create jobs at various skill levels over a number of years. The strategy aims to reduce unemployment, mobilise inactive persons, as well as retain and attract workers with high qualifications back to Gozo. International case studies of best practice regarding human...
Developing the local and International ICT Industry and green technology to boost the Gozitan economy
The main aim of this project is to coordinate and integrate initiatives related to the Information Technology sector through a portal that serves as an electronic forum to encourage, attract and facilitate international collaboration in Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Research and Development, with an emphasis on internet security.  This project has the potential to form clusters of excellence with direct and indirect economic benefits, as well as the creation of more jobs.  This project...
Interpretation panels and audio visual equipment for Heritage Buildings in Gozo and Comino plus a Heritage DVE of these islands.
This project consisted of the creation of interpretation panels for Heritage buildings in Gozo and Comino.  These panels are located as follows; 12 panels for Comino Tower, 4 panels for Comino Battery, 8 panels for Qala Battery and 10 panels for the Xlendi Tower.  These panels will give information on the historical importance of the sites, the flora and fauna of the area, the location of heritage sites of interest in the area, the traditions...
Supporting the Facilities and marketing initiatives of Festival Mediterranea
The project by the La Stella Philharmonic Society included the restoration of the main facilities at the Astra Theatre where amongst other activities, the Festival Mediterranea is organised annually. Restoration and renovation works were done on the stage where every year, an opera production is organised as part of this festival. Through the project, the Ministry for Gozo helped the society in the promotion of this festival, also in foreign countries. Apart from the cultural...
Promoting Gozo through Philately
A 64-page colour publication by Gozo Philatelic Society featuring Gozitan sites produced on stamps. The Isle of Joy, a publication of 64 pages in colour that includes photos and information on Gozitan sites which where used on all the stamps of Malta from the beginning of the last century.  A substantial proportion of localities and features shown on stamps will be researched and documented.  The publication will also note the relative location, helping towards "heritage...
Valorising the local Heritage of a typical Gozitan village and hamlet, to improve the Gozo Tourism Product
A number of interventions intended to valorise the heritage of the Munxar-Xlendi area will be implemented through this project. These include the publication of a photographic informative guide-book, the production of a DVD, (both to be made available also on-line on a purposely-built website), the installation of information panels on a number of important sites and the installation of two tourist interactive-information kiosks. This project was eligible for 95% of its funding through the eco-Gozo scheme...
Religious artefacts on public display to add value to the Gozo Cultural and Historical Heritage & Tourist Product
Within a country with strong Roman Catholic traditions, our ancestors, with a deep love for the Church in Malta, have also enriched our local churches with a number of sacred relics, fine art and other treasures, which nowadays form part of the nation’s cultural heritage.  Ta’ Pinu National Shrine is also the promoter of the restoration and conversion of the residence of Karmni Grima to be re-opened as a museum.  This project entailed the purchasing...
Gozo Heritage in Stone International Conference
The aim of the international conference was to increase awareness of the rich heritage that Gozo is surrounded with.  Two papers prepared by two scholars in the subject were presented during the conference which provided an in-depth description and scientific information regarding the abundance of Heritage monuments and their present state.  The proceedings of the conference will also be published. This project was eligible for 95% of its funding through the eco-Gozo scheme for NGOs. For more...
VIAF educational, conservation and marketing project
This project by the Victoria International Arts Festival Foundation included the conservation of two Baroque Organs housed within the historic St. George’s Basilica, namely the Santucci 1781 Organ and the British 1780 Organ, the purchasing of a Harpsichord and the organisation of master classes in various disciplines.  All these together gave the opportunity to exploit the potential of marketing Gozo as a Baroque Music Venue of world-class stature.  Such initiatives, properly marketed, could be spread...
ICER
The Ministry for Gozo is participating in an EU-funded project which aims at helping regional authorities across Europe to develop policies which promote the further development of the eco-accommodation sector and the attractiveness of rural territories for tourism purposes. This project, entitled "Innovative concept of eco-accommodation approach in rural regions: Public support policies for eco-investors" (Acronym: ICER) is financed under the INTERREG IVC Programme which forms part of the European Regional Development Fund for a total...