The government’s work is aimed at making the country future proof, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said this morning.

Speaking on One Radio, he said that at a time when government work was supposed to slow down a little, the government was still working at full speed, implementing its clear plan to modernise the country.

It was now preparing the country for the future, working on infrastructure, he said, singling out the Kappara flyover project, which started to be used earlier this week. This project, he said, was on budget and on time and an example of how things should be done.

He said that work was due to start on several roads and this was in spite of the fact that the government's seven-year plan had not yet been embarked upon. This will start once the relevant agency was in place.

Dr Muscat said businesses were seeing this investment and he was pleased that a giant world company in the insurance business, Starr, had chosen Malta from where to operate after Brexit.

Malta, he said, faced harsh competition from other European countries but it managed to convince them. This did not happen overnight and he first met the company last November.

He said that in the coming weeks more agreements would be reached with other companies and a Brexit task force would be set up to consider other opportunities.

Dr Muscat also spoke on the power station conversion to gas saying this was the first step, the next one being the pipeline connecting Malta to Sicily.

An application had already been submitted and a call for offers would be made in 2019. This was a major project with a value of €300 million. Work on seeking access to funding had already been embarked upon.

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