Dear Friends,

It is an honour and pleasure to be hosting the 61st WFE General Assembly & Annual Meeting (GA&AM) in Malta from 26 to 29 September 2022. The Malta Stock Exchange has been affiliated with the WFE for over 25 years, and though it is not our first time hosting a WFE event, it will be our first GA&AM.

Malta has been one of Europe’s fastest growing economies, and you can sense excitement in the air. We have a long and rich history dating back to 5900 BC. From the Phoenicians to the Carthaginians, to the Arabs, French, and British, few countries have had such a rich mixture of diverse cultural influences. 

With a land mass half the size of Singapore, in 2019 we attracted over 2.7 million tourists - that’s almost six times the size of our population.

As hosts, we will endeavour to ensure that our international guests have an exciting and enjoyable experience in Malta. We will be organizing a tour of historic Valletta, the capital of Malta and one of the only bastioned capitals in the world, followed by a cocktail reception in the Upper Barrakka Gardens, just adjacent to our exchange. We will also be organizing a scotch tasting and lovely Gala dinner on the outskirts of Mdina a fortified medieval city. Lastly, the post assembly programme includes a day tour to Gozo, Malta’s smaller sister island, which is known for its scenic hills, and   Megalithic Temples, which are some of the oldest free standing structures on earth.

Of course, at the conference you can also expect some serious and enlightening keynotes and panel sessions and discussions ranging from the role of market infrastructures, to liquidity and regulations and the future role of digital assets. In short I believe it will be a memorable week full of excitement and thoughtful discussion.

On behalf of the Malta Stock Exchange we look forward to giving you all, a very warm and friendly Maltese welcome.

Joseph Portelli 
Executive Chairman
Malta Stock Exchange