In the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, on an archipelago between Sicily and Northern Africa, lies the Republic of Malta, a small island nation spread over 316km² making it the world's tenth smallest country. The Maltese archipelago consists of Malta, Gozo, Filfla, Comino and Manoel Island.
Malta's strategic location in the centre of the Mediterranean was to the naval interests of great empires that dominated world history, from the Phoenicians to the British Empire, until gaining independence in 1964. In 2004, Malta became a Member State of the European Union and later, in 2008, became a member of the monetary eurozone.
Malta has three official languages, Maltese, a Semitic language derived from late medieval Sicilian Arabic with Romance superstrata; the only one of its kind, English; and recently, the introduction of the Maltese sign language.
Over the past decades, the Maltese economy managed to re-innovate itself; from a fortress-based economy to one based on manufacturing and services.
Malta is the epitome of anything that is Mediterranean. It offers rich cuisine to magnificent architectural buildings that stand the test of time.
Valletta, its capital city, was founded in 1566 by the Knights of St John and is often called the city built 'by gentlemen for gentlemen.' It is one of the small capital cities in Europe. It offers solid baroque characters boasting some of Europe's most significant art treasures, such as the famous painting of the Beheading of St John by Caravaggio.
CORPORATE REGISTERS FORUM
The Corporate Registers Forum is an association of international corporate registries. The membership is open to government agencies and their officials responsible for the administration of body corporate registers (a register of companies for example).
The associations’ aim is to provide members with the opportunity to review the latest developments in corporate business registers internationally and exchange experiences and information on the present and future operation of corporate business registration systems. The focus of the initial meetings was in the Asia-Pacific region.
The forum first met in Auckland in 2003 and was hosted by the New Zealand Companies Office. The 2003 meeting was an opportunity for corporate registries from thirteen jurisdictions to meet. The initial name given to this group was the Asia-Pacific Corporate Registries Forum.
A second meeting was hosted by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and held in Melbourne, Australia in March 2005. The members present at that meeting voted to adopt the name Corporate Registers Forum.
When you join the Corporate Registers Forum you gain access to an international network of registry professionals. Our Annual Conference is combined with the Annual General Meeting and provides delegates with the opportunity to review the latest developments in corporate business registers internationally and exchange experiences and information on the present and future operation of corporate business registration systems. Through the members section of the Corporate Registers Forum website you can join online discussions, learn more about other Forum members and have access to online interaction with other corporate registry managers.