Economy minister, MGA exec chairman visit Betclic

Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Dr Chris Cardona and the Executive Chairman for the Malta Gaming Authority, Joseph Cuschieri, recently paid a visit to the offices of the online gaming Operator ‘Betclic Everest Group’ in Sliema. The delegation was welcomed by the Group’s CEO, Ms Isabelle Andrѐs.

Betclic Everest Group is a European online gaming site operating a wide range of on-line gaming offers in more than 20 countries. It has a unique portfolio comprising of five diverse and complementary international brands, namely, Betclic,, Everest, Expekt and Monte Carlo Casino. Betclic Everest Group is owned equally by two European entertainment operators: Lov Group and La Société des Bains de Mer.

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Addressing all those present during the visit, Ms. Andres welcomed and thanked the Maltese Government and the Malta Gaming Authority for their visit and the support the Group has received locally. The group recently relocated all its trading and finance activities from Gibraltar to Malta, following an intensive period of consultation. This decision has also led to an increase in jobs here in Malta, which is now one of the Group’s largest office locations. Ms. Andres said, “Betclic Everest Group is delighted to be licensed in Malta and is committed in furthering its good business relationship with the Malta Gaming Authority”.

“These jobs reflect the Government’s proactive approach at creating new and better jobs.” said Minister Chris Cardona. “It is always encouraging to see the continuous investment from reputable international companies like the Betclic Everest Group in Malta. The Government is committed to supporting the gaming industry in order to keep up the pace of competition and continue attracting foreign direct investment to Malta.”

Joseph Cuschieri, added that having established itself as a major player in the iGaming field, Malta will continue to deliver innovative solutions to address present and future challenges faced by the industry. “The iGaming sector has proven to be very beneficial to Malta in terms of value add, quality of labour and additional business services,” he added

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From LGA to MGA: Authority rebrands itself

The Lotteries and Gaming Authority has engaged in a re-branding exercise, reflecting “the Authority’s heritage, past successes, vision and values within the national agenda and in line with our strategic objectives”. Executive Chairman Joseph Cuschieri went on to elaborate that Malta is a pioneer in the remote gaming industry, hosting some of the world’s biggest operators and hailed as one of the top jurisdictions worldwide.

The launch of the Authority’s new brand was held under the auspices of Economy Minister, Dr Chris Cardona and Dr José Herrera, Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness. The event also saw the launch of the MGA’s new intuitive website at, with a new, fresh look and feel as well as a stronger, more regular presence on social media platforms Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Hon. Silvio Schembri

Member of Maltese Parliament Hon. Silvio Schembri has been appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Digital Economy, Financial Services and Innovation. Before, he served as Chairman of the Responsible Gaming Foundation, an independent institution which was set up earlier this year with the aim of educating, assisting and preventing negative effects related to gambling.

Silvio Schembri has a Master’s degree in economy and teaches at the University of Malta on part time basis. He was a founding member and general manager of the Gal Xlokk Foundation, one of three Maltese registered action groups under the Leader program of the EU Common Agricultural Policy.

Schembri was President of the PULSE movement and president of the Students’ Council at the Junior College, p.r.o of the GWU Youths’ Section and Education Secretary at the Luqa Labour Party Local Committee. Silvio contested the local council elections for Luqa on the Labour Party ticket, where at the age of 18, he became Malta’s youngest councillor.

Relive the highlights from our last show and stay tuned for this year’s SiGMA. Watch out for what we’re branding as the ‘iGaming Village’ this year.

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