By RAJAN NAZRAN

Walking through the Maltese  capital of Valletta  you would be forgiven  in thinking it was an active film set  for a historical blockbuster.  It instantly becomes  obvious why it was  selected as European  city of Culture 2018 and  is quickly becoming  the favoured spot for  recent Bollywood  film productions;  Thugs  of Hindustan  and Bharat.  Every  street  corner  is an orchestra  of authentic culture that permeates  through the exquisitely carved sandstone  architecture, with live street  musicians displaying studio-talented  performances or families enjoying  alfresco organic dining with warm  dusky views of the calm Mediterranean  sea (with one of the 365  historic churches nearby for good  measure!).  Malta is an interesting country that  offers several opportunities for  Global Indians. Do not get me  wrong, she’s had her fair share  of international incidents, including  the European refugee crisis,  but there is another narrative that  our community would benefit  from.  One thing that is directly attributed  to the success of this island is  the strides made by Prime Minister  Joseph Muscat to bring Malta firmly  onto the centre stage of European  affairs. He activated the swift waves  of economic  reforms  that  changed the fate of the  country; one that could  be victim of the region’s  financial turmoil, to one  of the very few operating  at a substantial  surplus, including  its technological  presence as the  Blockchain Island. As both an active  member of the Commonwealth and  the EU, he also actively engaged  both parties by hosting a successful  CHOGAM as well as gaining EU  approvals for international reforms.  With the strategic assistance  of Henley  and Partners,  the Government  released  the Individual  Investment Program  (IIP), with  the main idea to  close the gap  of international  talent to Malta.  As you will  soon learn, citizenship and  residency is now becoming  a global phenomenon. Malta, along  with a small number of reputable  countries and service providers like  Henley and partners and GICG, are  leading the way in professionalism  and reliability in this sector. The  Maltese IIP program is a true maturity  of product offering that provides  direct access to the world markets  whilst providing a range of protective  instruments that could assist  Global Indians.  When you consider the fact that Indians are truly a global community,  it’s a shock that the passport  of India only allows you visa free  access to 59 countries whereas  the Maltese passport offers visa  free or visa-on-access to over 183  countries. This combined with the  added security of the EU citizenship  and the various vehicles that are  offered within the country for personal  finance solutions through to  corporate set ups through companies  like KSI Malta, make the above  interesting for a number of reasons,  including ship registration opportunities,  residency and fund  management options.  During my journey  through Malta, I also  invited 2 leading experts  to accompany  me: Jagjit Singh Nazran  who was a former board  member and head of  legal for Santander  Asset Management UK,  NED of several FinTech  companies and special advisor to a  number of family offices for global  Indians and Lawrence Narayan,  Director of The Macquarie Group in  Australia and private investor. Both  provided their critical eye on the  deeper conversations and tested  the waters on the viability of the  particular opportunities marketed  by the Government. The reality  is, we are the first testing call for our  audience when considering opportunities  globally. So with my eye  for accuracy, I have elected to only  involve within this feature companies  that we collectively saw as being a  credible fit for our community.  Without further ado, I welcome you  to your Global Indian series and  introducing you to Malta.   

Every  street  corner  is an orchestra  of authentic culture that permeates  through the exquisitely carved sandstone  architecture, with live street  musicians displaying studio-talented  performances or families enjoying  alfresco organic dining with warm  dusky views of the calm Mediterranean  sea”

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