H.E. Ian Borg
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects - Malta
Dr Ian Borg was appointed Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects in June 2017, at the start of the 13th legislature. His current role encompasses a wide portfolio ranging from major infrastructural projects, to the construction and maintenance of the country’s infrastructure, the transport scenario, and planning and property.
Minister Borg’s commitment towards a radical improvement in the country’s infrastructure is visible in the continuous and persistent work being undertaken by the Ministry and the authorities falling within its remit.
In the year and a half since his appointment, the Minister has overseen an abundance of great projects, including the completion of the Kappara Junction, the commencement of the ambitious Marsa Junction Project, several extensive projects on main arteries and junctions all around the island, and the implementation of the unprecedented €700 million residential roads project.
During this legislature, Minister Borg has also seen to the setting up of the roads agency Infrastructure Malta, which has forever changed the way infrastructural projects are planned and implemented.
The Minister’s work on infrastructure is ever-growing and ever-changing, with several ambitious projects in the pipeline, including the Malta-Gozo Tunnel, the Central Link Project and the Santa Luċija tunnels among others, but his work is not only limited to roads.
Minister Ian Borg has also been undertaking several initiatives that aim to start creating a culture shift moving from the use of the personal vehicle to the use of alternative means of transport. His work on the transport scenario has included the enabling of initiatives that seek to incentivise the use of means including public transport, shared transport and also the use of bicycles. This is being complemented by the infrastructural work that is being undertaken which also includes new infrastructure for the alternative means being promoted.
The maritime and aviation sectors also form part of the Minister’s tireless work. Both sectors have undergone a rapid growth with the maritime industry reaching new heights both with respect to the amount of ships and superyachts that have been registered under the Maltese flag, thus making it the largest register in Europe and the 6th in the world. The aviation sector has also picked up its momentum with the latest figure showing 300 aircrafts being registered under the Maltese aviation register 9H.
The Minister is persistent and ambitious in ensuring that his Ministry delivers optimum results for the benefit of local communities and for the benefit of Malta.
“Infrastructure, Transport, Capital Projects, Planning, the Property Market – every sector within our remit affects the lives of each and every one of us. Our priority is to improve the quality of life of the Maltese and Gozitan people; that is why we strive - so that our country can benefit from sustainable development, a revolution in infrastructure, innovative projects, efficient transport, and continuous evolution.” – Minister Ian Borg.
During the previous legislature, as the youngest member of the Cabinet, Dr Ian Borg also served as Parliamentary Secretary for the EU Presidency 2017 and EU Funds. During this time, he was responsible for the national preparations for the successful 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU, together with the strengthening of the EU Funds absorption process towards a more efficient and transparent practice. In fact, in 2016, Malta recorded a 100% absorption rate in EU Funds for the programming period 2007-2013.
His political career started in 2005 with his election as Mayor of his hometown Dingli, which was reaffirmed in 2008 and 2012. In 2009, he was also elected as an Executive Member of the Local Councils Association. He also served in the North Regional Committee and in the Users’ Committee of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority. In 2010, he became a member of the Maltese delegation to the Committee of the Regions as part of the European Socialists Party.
Dr Borg graduated as a Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 2012, after successfully reading a Doctoral degree in Laws, a Diploma in Public Notarial Practice and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law.