CEO of the Chamber of SMEs, Abigail Agius Mamo was previously quoted on Business Now for having acknowledged that several food importers are engaging in profiteering activity, basically retracting the Chamber’s criticism of Alex Agius Saliba who raised this issue with the EU Commission. Those comments were changed and updated in the online article of journal BusinessNow with the CEO of the Chamber of SME’s only stating that they are discussing the issue with the government and are looking at ways to tackle food inflation.
Unless Business Now misquoted the CEO, I suspect that the CEO of the Chamber of SMEs is finding it difficult to express a position that reflects the concerns of some of its members without jeapordising the relationship of the chamber with big business. Surely, the CEO’s comments still reflect a different position from their initial statements.
Despite the fact that the Prime Minister acknowledged that profiteering is taking place, no action or statement has yet been made by the toothless Malta Consumer Affairs Authority. Robert Abela’s comments came after Alex Saliba raised the issue, apparently making him feel threatened regarding his ambitions for Labour leadership.