Honourable David Agius,
Mr Kevin Borg, CEO of JK Group,
It is a pleasure to be here with you today as we celebrate the opening of the new JK Group Offices in Birkirkara.
It gives me great satisfaction to witness the growth of companies like JK Group, who with a lot of commitment, dedication and resilience over a span of five years, grew from one small company into a group of companies employing hundreds of people in different fields.
As we celebrate the opening of these new premises, it is important to reflect on the contribution that companies like JK Group and others give to our country.
It takes a lot of courage for individuals to abandon the comfort of a full-time job and the benefits that go with it to put themselves in the competitive market and open up a company. It’s not a challenge everyone is ready to make.
It involves a lot of trial and error, and many mistakes, as expected, are made along the way, as rightly stated by Mr Borg himself. This is all part and parcel of the growth process.
It provides the opportunity for a lot of learning and discerning to be done on many levels. It provides the opportunity to learn how to be better managers and administrators, as well as how to refine the product to ensure maximum customer satisfaction.
Naturally, a lot of risks are involved. Yet, when taken in a smart and planned manner, risk can bring about a lot of gratification. It generates income through new jobs and services and at the same time strengthens and diversifies the economy.
Despite our limited geographic size, our country has proved itself time and time again in the creation of opportunities for everyone to invest, as well as provide good quality jobs. Our entrepreneurial spirit, coupled with the continuous will to learn from experiences, were always key in this respect.
Aside from the economic aspect, it has a strong social aspect as well. It gives dignity and a sense of fulfilment to many individuals who work hard to maintain a good standard of living for themselves and for their families.
It also helps us appreciate even more the fact that everyone is important for a country to thrive, be they those that invest, those who work hard at providing a service, and those that buy the service. We all help contribute to our success.
In this regard, allow me to express my best wishes to the management of JK Group. Stay humble and provide an environment for continuous personal and professional development for yourselves and for all your employees. They are an integral part of your success, both now and in the future.
I wish you all the best.