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POLITICS

ARE EU READY? As the European elections are fast approaching, Giselle Borg Olivier speaks to several candidates who, despite never having served as MEPS, already have a good grasp of the EU structure.

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INTERVIEW

KEEPING THAT CUTTING EDGE Federica Taccogna will chair FinanceMalta’s annual conference for 2019, which has innovation as its theme. She spoke to MONEY about the context of the conference at this point in Malta’s economic development.

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S TA R T- U P S

VALUING START-UPS: ART OR SCIENCE? Valuing start-up companies can be tricky. Patrick Debattista shares some ways on how best to value start-ups.

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INSIGHT

UNDER THE INFLUENCE Dayna Clarke speaks to Richard Muscat Azzopardi, chief executive officer of leading digital marketing agency Switch Digital, and Tamara Webb, a motivational lifestyle guru, on social influencer marketing and whether a business should invest in one.

ROADMAP TO SUCCESS MONEY interviews Edward Hili, executive director of Hili Company, on the company’s roots and the various sectors it operates in today both locally and internationally.

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TECHNOLOGY

INNOVATION IS THE NAME OF THE GAME

INSIGHT

STAY AHEAD OF THE GAME Elise Dalli hammers on the importance of keeping abreast with technological advances so that companies remain relevant.

BUILDING BLOCKS MONEY speaks to Jarek Bialek, programme manager and EIR for MITA Innovation Hub, on foreign emerging technology start-ups’ perspective on Malta, dubbed the Blockchain island and government IT arm MITA’s acceleration programme targeting such start-ups.

OPINION

A NEW DAWN WILL RISE Political analyst Manuel Delia argues that the shocking transition Malta is going through is not impossible and not necessarily disastrous but from the looks of it, there’s no long-term plan in hand and that can be catastrophic to say the least.

MACHINES WITH BRAINS Theo Dix, manager at EY Malta (which provides strategy consultancy and transaction advisory services) is supporting the Malta AI taskforce in its work to develop a national strategy on Artificial Intelligence.

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COUNTRY REPORT

CURRYING FAVOUR WITH INVESTORS It will take weeks to complete voting in India, with 900 million people going to the polls. Incumbent prime minister Narendra Modi is being largely judged on his economic performance. How has he fared? MONEY asks.

I N N O V AT I O N

When the power within an organisation is wielded intelligently, innovation flourishes, often leading to ground-breaking ideas and positive change. Sarah Kennard discovers which techniques to implement for a more innovative approach in your business.

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COVER STORY

S TA R T- U P S

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L AST WORD

WIPED OUT Nuclear accidents and the use of nuclear weapons are preventable man-made disasters. The Bluesman delves into what is the cause of major danger to man and the environment.

FA S H I O N

MATERIAL BOY From cotton to lightweight materials, summer is all investing in the right fabrics. MONEY showcases a summer wardrobe.

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