Hon. Carmelo Abela

Hon. Carmelo Abela

Hon. Carmelo Abela

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion of Malta

Career:                                   

In 1990 joined the Mid Med Bank Ltd, today HSBC Bank Malta plc where he worked as a Manager till April 2014. From April till 9 December 2014 he worked with the Prime Minister as the Government Spokesman and Whip. On the 9th December 2014 was appointed Minister for Home Affairs and National Security. In June 2017 was re-elected in Parliament and appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion also such appointment is still ongoing.

Political party: Partit Laburista (Malta Labour Party) (Socialist Group)

 Political career:                     

  • Contested the local elections in 1994 and was subsequently elected where he served as councillor till 1996
  • Contested the 1996 General Elections and elected Member of Parliament
  • Appointed Assistant Whip and Cashier of the parliamentary group
  • Contested the 1998 General Elections and elected Member of Parliament
  • Appointed Spokesman for Youth and Sport, Assistant Whip and Secretary of the Labour Party Parliamentary Group
  • Contested the 2003 General Elections and elected Member of Parliament
  • In 2003 was unanimously appointed Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives
  • Appointed Main Spokesman for Education Youth, Sports and Culture.
  • In 2008 was unanimously appointed Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.
  • Appointed Main Spokesman for Industry and Foreign Investment and subsequently for Social Policy.
  • Re-elected in 2013 and appointed Whip of the Government Parliamentary Group and Member on the Standing Committee on House Business.
  • In April 2014 after a cabinet reshuffle he was also  appointed as Government Spokesman.
  • In December 2014 he was appointed Minister for Home Affairs and National Security.
  • Re-elected in 2017 and appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion.

Foreign Delegations:            

  • Since September 2013 he was elected as Regional Representative on the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Associtaion.
  • Head Of Delegation of the Inter Parliamentary Union.
  • Member of the OSCE.

Other Activities:                   

  • Was active in the Parish Pastoral Council and other parish groups; founder member of the Youth Nursery of the Zejtun Corinthians Football team and for some years also the Secretary of the same club.

 Interests: Sports and travelling