Expats in Malta: seminar & networking event, 10 October 2012
Calling all new arrivals to Malta…
Malta has seen a great number of expat services spring up in recent years as the number of incoming foreign residents has grown. The islands have around 20,000 expat residents whose numbers swell by 3,000 a year, according to articles like this one in Italy’s ‘Il Sole 24 Ore’ (19.09.12) which marvels at how well Malta has survived economic crises and is attracting expats in droves for financial and lifestyle reasons.
Buoyed by the expat surge, local events’ company LEAD is running a series of seminar and networking events – Expats in Malta – to assist newly-arrived expats on a raft of issues from job hunting to financial management, setting up a business, retiring to Malta and aspects of integrating in the local culture and society.
The first seminar is on Wednesday, 10 October from 17.30 at the Intercontinental Hotel, St Julian’s (details below). It aims to be both an info-gleaning and networking evening giving expats the chance to gain some sound advice from guest speakers – professionals drawn from locals (long-time expats and Maltese) ‘in the know – as well as mingle with and sound out experiences from fellow expats.
Although Malta has a long history of welcoming expats, there are still many issues which new arrivals need assistance on despite the advantages of Malta being English speaking and a seemingly easy-to-move to destination. Before devising the event, LEAD asked around on its LinkedIn group about the challenges expats have in acclimatising. “The general feedback was that Malta is a wonderful place to live but the main challenge for expats remains that of getting outside the expat community and making friends with local people. Malta can be very welcoming, but it does take a special effort for expats to move outside their comfort zone to meet the right local people to do business with. That’s where events like this come in handy.” says James Grech, LEAD’s managing director. “Expats also mentioned that they don’t know who they can go to in confidence to get services at local rates, rather than the special international rates that are sometimes charged.”
With so much advice online these days is still a need to press the flesh at events like LEAD’s? “Moving to a new country is both an art and a science. We wish to give participants a unique insight through the points raised by our high-calibre speakers and the networking session that follows,” James Grech adds. “This is a golden opportunity for expats to make valuable new connections to widen further their local network, as well as to give them a flavour of local life.”
What expat groups does LEAD think will benefit most from the event – expats going it alone or those on corporate moves? “In terms of the information provided, it is probably the lone expats who will benefit more. However, as one of our speakers is going to point out, even those on corporate moves whose employers provide information packs still find there’s a lot to get to grips with when settling here. We feel the networking session will prove beneficial to all types of expat.”
Keynote speakers include a US diplomat, financial professionals, an executive coach specialising in expat issues and a speaker on Malta’s cultural background, mores and history.
Event Details & Registration
Register for the event at: www.leadevents.com.mt/expats/.
Full programme and speaker details here.
Cost: €40 – includes free underground parking, coffee break and networking dinks and eats.
Photo: Mario Sainz Martínez