Conference on public risk management in local government

The main objective of a conference that was attended by mayors, local councils executive secretaries and senior public officers in the public service, was to instil an awareness of risks at the workplace and the need to adopt a risk management strategy at corporate level.

The conference was held by the Department for Local Government in conjunction with the Local Councils Association and the Association of Local Councils Executive Secretaries (Malta).

Opening speeches were made by Justice and Home Affairs Minister Tonio Borg on Risk Management as a Tool for Good Local Governance and the Opposition Spokesman for Local Government, Chris Cardona, on Risk Management as a Tool for Public Accountability.

The keynote speaker was Jack Kruf, who spoke about Risk Management on the Edge of Worlds. Other speakers were Joe Galea, auditor general, Ing. Fredrick Azzopardi, consultant, Ing. Vincent Attard, senior manager (Eng.), Occupational Health and Safety Authority and Mr David Pike, consultant, MSB Valletta Ltd.

At the end of the conference, an agreement was signed by Jack Kruf, president of PRIMO (Public Risk Management Organisation) Europe, Adrian Mifsud, president of ASKLM and John O’Dea, chairman of PRIMO Malta, launching the local PRIMO chapter.

The long-term aim of PRIMO is to establish risk management as a natural and integral part of good governance.