Nine out of ten foreign investors interviewed in EY’s Malta Attractiveness Survey 2016 consider Malta as an attractive location to opearte in, while slightly more than half of them also have the intention of expanding their Maltese operation further in a year’s time. From a long-term perspective, four out of five respondents believe they will still be operating in Malta in a decade’s time.

The latest edition of the yearly survey confirms that overall Malta is performing well in a myriad of fields related to business attractiveness. In most cases, Malta’s performance exceeds by far that recorded in other countries where the survey is carried out.

According to the survey, Malta’s main attractiveness is its corporate taxation system, followed by the stability of social climate, and the stability and transparency of political, legal and regulatory environment.

The report also identifies areas that need to be addressed in order to ensure the long-term attractiveness of Malta. Among these is the need to develop education and skills to remain globally competitive, a fact that was highlighted by half the respondents who commented that their expansion plans depend on finding the right employees.