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€1.50 THURSDAY 1 OCTOBER 2020 • ISSUE 77 WWW.BUSINESSTODAY.COM.MT PAUL COCKS THE upcoming budget for 2021 will include measures to continue to assist businesses - and families - to weather the economic fallout forced upon them by the COVID-19 pan- demic, the economy minister told BusinessToday. Silvio Schembri said that as it had done during the first wave of the coronavirus, the govern- ment would continue to as- sist Maltee businesses as they struggle under a prolonged period of uncertainty due to COVID-19. "Malta was amongst the first countries in the EU that imme- diately started to disimburse financial aid to protect busi- nesses and most importantly safeguard jobs." he said. PAGE 5 Editorial PAGE 7 THE PRICE TO PAY FOR SECURING AMERICAN SUPPORT Budget to include more measures to aid businesses weather COVID-19 PAGE 6 OPINION PAGE 9 Birkirkara company enjoys period of unprecedented growth A shi in focus to put its people first sees Affinity Group reaping immediate rewards Domestic tourism, previously snubbed as a fallback option by the industry, is now seen as a viable source of income for many ailing businesses Facebook is killing you: A quick look at the negative effects of social media on our society Economy minister Silvio Schembri

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