SME Chamber

GRTU meets candidates for Hon Consuls of Chile, Uruguay & Algiers

GRTU Internationalisation officials and Vince Farrugia, GRTU Director General, in cordial meetings met 3 candidates for the post of Honorary consuls in these countries. During the meeting GRTU explained the trade policy we have for Malta towards countries outside the EU as a country which can be utilised as a stepping stone to Europe and as a country against protectionism having very limited local manufacturing.

It was explained that Malta and it's traders possess all the good qualities for countries outside the EU to utilise. Our traders are naturally skilled, need to internationalise because of our limited market, have no language limitations and have an extremely low defaulting chance due to our stringent financial system and banks.  The candidates we met were:


Miguel Loinaz, 53 years of age, has visited Malta 2 years ago and is recognized as one of the leading lawyers in Uruguay. The area for which he is being considered, Punta del Este, is one of the most exclusive resorts for persons living in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Amongst other he:


  • Is owner and principal partner of ALS Abogados, which employs 26 lawyers covering practically all areas of law.
  • Has been legal adviser to Government in numerous areas such as natural gas, privatisation, Planning and Budgeting, Dairy and Rice production, Electoral Office, Energy policy, Environment
  • Was Vice-President of the World Intellectual Property Organization (1994)


Dr Palma is a lawyer, aged 58, married, with six children. He specialises in commercial law, in which area he is an Associate Professor at the University of Chile.  He is one of the partners in the law firm Vial y Palma. Currently amongst others he is:


  • Regional Secretary of the International Lawyers' Union of South America
  • Active in both the American-Chilean and British-Chilean Chambers of Commerce (a former President of the latter)
  • Director of Canon Chile, Itochu Chile, and Nuskin Chile- between them these companies trade in a wide range of products such as engines and machinery for aeronautics, agriculture, food, mining, forestry, telecommunications, an endless list of skin care and beauty products and photographic and office equipment.


Mohamed Chaouche is linked with Malta through his association with the Malta agents for Time International (Sports) Ltd, distributors of Nike products. Because of this connection he is a frequent visitor to Malta. Chaouche is Managing Director of Playmode (distributors of Nike) which employs 100 persons and has 15 retail outlets in Algeria. In addition Playmode has just acquired distribution rights in Libya, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria for Umbro, Converse and Timberland products.

In his younger days he was a senior official in the Algerian Ministry of  Finance.  He was later nominated to form part of a small team responsible for monitoring, control and verification of 562 financial institutions throughout Algeria. He has co-authored a guide book for public accountants working for the Ministry of Finance. Chaouche has lived and worked for ten years in the United States where he qualified in IT security.

Chaouche holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance. He is 43 years of age, married, with three children.



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