TAP Knowledge Network sponsored and co-organised a business-to-business networking event on Friday 11th April 2014 at the Intercontinental Hotel, St. Julian’s – centred on the primary focus of Malta as a gateway to doing business in the 21st century.
The overall framework of discussion was focused on Malta’s strategic opportunity to act as a bridge between the EU and North Africa to address green issues, IT Security, trade development and business exchange, whilst simultaneously supporting SMEs and Start-ups. In this context, the programme of events included two open panel discussions on Malta as a hub and catalyst for international trade, technology transfer and competence integration, and the importance of engineering optimum financing structures and harnessing the power of pervasive ICT for delivering such potential.
During his opening speech, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Dr George Vella, explained how both Europe and North Africa seek to expand and strengthen their economic and commercial ties. In the past, these strong political relations have facilitated the establishment of robust economic links with the region, including Bilateral Double Taxation and Air Service Agreements, facilitating the exchange of people and the movement of capital.
Dr. Tonio Fenech introduced the TAP Knowledge Network concept to the 400 guests attending the B2B event. During his presentation, Dr. Fenech said: “The fact that networking and collaboration plays a predominant role in business will definitely not make the headlines, but this is the bare truth and we strongly believe in it. Thus, what we wanted to bring-out in this B2B Networking Event is a cross-section of forward-thinking ideas that will spur us into coming together and pooling forces to strengthen our positioning as a strategic hub”.
“Our support and involvement in this event was driven by the mission behind the TAP Knowledge Network, that is to contribute to the development of a smarter, more sustainable and inclusive global society through the integrated application of specialist knowledge”.
Other speakers during the event included Mr. Klaus-Peter Brandes, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Malta; Ms. Rita Dulci Rahman, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Mr. Emile Elewaut, Director International Affairs Energy at TNO Utrecht Area, Netherlands (Oil & Energy) as well as Mr. Adrian Spiteri, Managing Director, RG Capital Advisors Ltd; Mr. David Borg, Director Tax and Business Advisory, Capstone Group; Mr. Pierre Mallia, Managing Director, iMovo Ltd; Mr. Alex Grech, Managing Partner, StrategyWorks and Ms. Anamaria Magri Pantea, Business Development Manager, TAP K Resources Ltd. who also moderated the second open panel discussion.
As the Strategic and Communication Partners of TAP Knowledge Network, the Concept Stadium was responsible for the PR of this B2B Event.