The large number of new appointments, consisting mainly of wives of leaders of Malta's Labour Party, to government boards that monitor and pass on applications for CBI citizenship, residency and visas, is extremely disturbing. As The Shift News wrote, "Most of these individuals have no experience in the sector."(A Feast of Labour Party Appointments to Citizenship and Visa Boards.)In truth and in fact, the appointees have no educational training, or relevant work experience, to qualify them to properly discharge their duties and responsibilities. They are unsafe at any speed.
CBI monitoring requires training and actual field experience in compliance, current detailed knowledge of Country Risk, and the ability to conduct relevant research and investigation when necessary. Respectfully, these appointees do not appear to have the appropriate skill sets to review applications, and make decisions based upon their prior experience in the field. Their positions demand that they understand both the industry norms, and the risks involved when unqualified, or even dangerous, applicants are approved, due to ignorance on the part of the appointees, who have no frame of reference to compare the applicants to, due to their lack of experience.
In so many ways, these appointments are not only wrong, but they will impede the efficient function of the CBI, residency and visa programs, due to the delays that will occur, while the appointees seek remedial and basic help performing their job functions. Nepotism and cronyism aside, when MONEYVAL sees this, it will probably convince them that there are no qualified individuals operating the CBI and residency/visa boards. Their action will reflect their lack of confidence in the boards and committees.
Photograph courtesy The Shift News.