20th November 2015, 20:56
The GSLP Liberals plan to deliver full e-Government by the end of 2017 and would try to lure another retail bank to Gibraltar. These were among the policies put forward by the party at a press conference on business and commerce.
The GSLP Liberals began by highlighting how soon after they were elected in 2011, they appointed a Minister with responsibility for small business.
Neil Costa said that collectively, small businesses were the Rock’s biggest employer and therefore extremely important to the economy. They pledged to engage in meaningful consultation with the Chamber and Federation of Small Businesses and to meet business associations regularly to tackle issues as they arise.
They also spoke of E-Government, saying it has begun to make life easier for citizens and businesses alike and that by 2017 they will have a fully functioning e-Government platform, where all services that businesses require, including payment of taxation, can be performed online.
The Gibraltar International Bank was also touted as a success, in particular the speed with which it was opened due to the departure of Barclays Bank, with Mr Costa saying Gibraltar should be proud of an independent bank that was set up from scratch and that if re-elected, the GSLP Liberals would seek to encourage another retail bank being set up on the Rock.