Malta, the ‘Gateway to the EU’, invites investors from India
Though Malta Enterprise, a government agency to promote investments, claims anybody can come to Malta and set up a business, its chief officer, Trade, Investment and Enterprise Support, Joe Schembri says they are not too keen on foreign retail chains that may hit the domestic market. “Businesses that will find the country conducive for growth and help Malta too grow in the process,” that is what they are looking for. Malta’s wishlist for Indian investors include pharmaceuticals, software development, manufacturing of electrical equipment as well as aircraft and superyacht registration. And it is offering fiscal incentives in the form of 30-50 per cent rebate on the capital costs, no import duty and easy taxation.
Listing its geographical and demographic advantages, Schembri says that unlike several other EU nations Malta is an English speaking country, thanks to its shared colonial history with India. Besides, it has good air and sea connectivity, sound legislation and political stability due to a two-party system that seems to have a single voice on most economic policies. Malta charges a 35 per cent corporate tax, but also has a system of up to 30 per cent refunds — tax paid by the company is credited to