Prof. Lino Briguglio's Speech to World Bank Officials
Professor Lino Briguglio, Director of the Islands and Small States Institute, was invited to address World Bank officials through video conference, on the theme Small Island States, Resilience and Competitiveness.
The speech, which took place on Thursday 29 January, was followed by a discussion.
The main message of the speech was that good economic governance is especially important for a country highly exposed to external shocks, as many small states are (including Malta). Studies on economic resilience, are very often associated with the University of Malta through the research work of Professor Briguglio.
The objective of the speech was to discuss the relationship between economic resilience and economic competitiveness with special reference to small states. Economic resilience and economic competitiveness are generally used to indicate economic success whereby resilience refers to the ability of an economy to withstand or reduce the harm associated with external shocks and competitiveness, with the ability of an economy to survive in a productivity contest with other economies.
Prof. Briguglio showed that there is a close relationship between the two terms, not only because they are both suggestive of economic success but also because they are both underpinned by good economic governance. Prof. Briguglio showed also that in spite of their special constraints, a number of small states perform well economically and register relatively high economic resilience and competitiveness scores on the respective indices.
He further argued that that these states can serve as models for other small states who aspire to improve the economic governance.
29 January 2015
Prof. Carmel Borg Delivers Keynote Speech in Chile
Around three hundred delegates attended Prof. Carmel Borg’s keynote speech on 10 January, 2015.
The keynote speech was delivered on the concluding day of a three-day conference focusing on education and poverty. Organised by the Pontificial Catholic University of Chile, the conference was held at the Villarrica Campus of the aforementioned University, in Chile, between 8-10 January.
Prof. Borg’s speech was titled Critical Literacy through Authentic Dialogues with the Poor – Liberatory Education for Transformation.
On Sabbatical, Prof. Borg is delivering several keynote speeches across continents.
His next keynote speech is in Vilnius, Lithuania, and will focus on authentic democracy, parental involvement and genuine participation in education.
Prof. Borg is Associate Professor in the Department of Education Studies, at the Faculty of Education.
Prof. Borg addressing delegates at the Pontificial Catholic University of Chile
26 January 2015
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