Prime Minister Robert Abela and Opposition leader Bernard Grech will be addressing Malta’s first-ever state of the nation conference by sharing their views on where Malta is at and where it needs to be in the future.
The conference was organised on the initiative of strategic communications consultant Lou Bondì and university statistician and lecturer Vincent Marmarà and is being held under the auspices of President George Vella in collaboration with his Office.
The day’s proceedings started off with the publication of the results of a survey, which sought to gauge people’s views on what it meant to be Maltese, as well as what people’s aspirations were, both for themselves and the country.
Among the highlights from the survey was the finding that an overwhelming 83% of the population has always voted for the same party.
Almost half -48%- of respondents also said that politics was very important to their lives, with a further 37% saying it was relatively important.
Of those surveyed, 44% said they considered the position of their preferred political party when forming opinions about different subjects.
Approximately 61% of the population said it was satisfied with their life, with 39% saying they believed it could be better.
The survey also showed the Maltese’s strong attachment to their family, as well as religion, with 93.5% stating that they believed in God.
Over the course of the day, several speakers from different sectors of Maltese society participated in various discussions about Maltese national identity, art and culture, as well as Malta’s environment and national heritage.
The day will be closed off with an address by President George Vella.
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