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Government chooses not to publish contracts of person who has two CEO positions in response to PQ

Tuesday, 14 February 2023, 18:05 Last update: about 2 years ago

Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo did not publish the contracts of a person holding two CEO positions at the same time when asked to do so in a Parliamentary Question.

PN MP Mario De Marco asked Bartolo to table the contracts of the CEO of the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) and the Mediterranean Conference Centre (MCC), Pierre Fenech and asked how someone was supposed to be a full-time CEO for two separate entities, both of which fall under the remit of Bartolo's Ministry.

Pierre Fenech is the CEO of both for ITS and the MCC, however, with ITS he works full-time whilst with MCC he works part-time, Bartolo said.

Bartolo said that Fenech was appointed CEO of the MCC and subsequently, of ITS, in 2015 after 25 years working in the private sector.

He said that the appointment at the MCC was made after the previous CEO, who in 2009 was appointed by the Tourism Parliamentary Secretary as CEO of the MCC and the Manoel Theatre, vacated the position.

"Mr. Fenech took the helm of ITS at a moment when it was at risk of losing its license to operate as a higher education institution. He inherited an institution that was neglected for years by the previous administrations and the proof of this is the critical reports of the NAO and a follow-up report from the IAID in 2012, in which it was noted that not only did the ITS not improve on the recommendations made, but it was in a worse state," Bartolo said.

Bartolo continued that Fenech also managed to turn the MCC from an institution with a break-even financial position, to a profitable one, recording the best results in financial history.

The Minister did not publish Fenech's contracts, nor did he say how one person can be allowed to work as a full-time and part-time CEO of two different government entities

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