Three professionals and a company were officially recognised during the Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) Annual Awards Dinner 2022, held at the Phoenicia Hotel on Thursday 17 November. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of APS Bank p.l.c. and Chairman of the Malta Bankers’ Association, Marcel Cassar, was guest of honour. Other distinguished guests were present, including the Hon. Minister for Finance and Employment Clyde Caruana as well as regulators, financial professionals and executives representing several companies listed on the Malta Stock Exchange. More than 150 people attended the event.
The opening speech was delivered by the Executive Chairman of the MSE Joseph Portelli, who said: “We were very pleased at the record turnout we had for this awards dinner. It is testimonial to how popular it has become and it’s an opportunity for us to acknowledge all the stakeholders who have helped our capital markets flourish.”
Minister Clyde Caruana delivered a keynote speech, during which he mentioned that despite the current economic climate in Europe, it is envisaged that Malta’s economy will continue to grow in the coming years, albeit at a slower pace.
APS Bank CEO Marcel Cassar was a guest speaker and focussed on the importance of sustainable development for the continued growth of the Maltese economy.
Alongside the established awards, a new award was given this year, namely the Best Dissertation Award. This was given to Cassandra Victoria Axiaq for her dissertation entitled ‘Analysing the Tracking Errors of Sustainable Equity Exchange Traded Funds’. The award was presented to Ms Axiaq by MSE CEO Simon Zammit.
The company of the year award was awarded to Premier Capital p.l.c. It was presented to Melo Hili, CEO at Premier Capital, by MSE Chairman Joseph Portelli.
The Employee of the year award was given to Marica Farrugia, Manager at the MSE Finance Office. The award was presented by Alfred Sammut, Chief Human Resources and Corporate Services Officer at MSE.
Simon Zammit presented the lifetime achievement award to Paul Gauci, Founder and Executive Deputy Chairman of PG Group. The award was presented by MSE CEO Simon Zammit to Charles Borg, PG Group CEO who accepted the award on behalf of Mr Gauci who was unable to attend the event.