Hon Ian Borg – Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects
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 comprehensive portfolio ranging from major infrastructural projects to the construction and maintenance of the country’s infrastructure, land, air and maritime transport 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 three years since his appointment, the Minister has overseen an abundance of significant projects, including the completion of the Kappara Junction, the commencement of the ambitious Marsa Junction Project and Central Link 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 Msida Creek Project and several others. Still, his work is not only limited to roads.
Minister Ian Borg has also undertaken 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 in the transport scenario has included the enabling of initiatives that seek to incentivise the use of means including public transport, shared transport and cycling. This is being complemented by the infrastructural work currently being undertaken, which also includes the promotion of new infrastructure for the alternative means.
The maritime and aviation sectors also form part of the Minister’s portfolio. Both sectors have undergone a rapid growth with the maritime industry reaching new heights both with respect to the number 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 480 aircraft registered under the Maltese aviation register 9H.
Community projects have also taken centre stage as part of the Ministry’s portfolio. Apart from a significant number of initiatives implemented by the Public Works Department, Projects Malta and Projects Plus also fall within the remit of MTIP. Projects Plus alone currently has 21 ongoing projects valued at over €83 million.
The Minister is persistent and ambitious in ensuring that his Ministry delivers optimum results for the benefit of local communities and the benefit of Malta.
“Infrastructure, Transport, Capital Projects, 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 what we strive to achieve – we want our country to 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.
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.