Malta’s Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister (Sustainable Development, Implementation of the Electoral Manifesto, Social Dialogue), Carmelo Abela (born 10th February 1972, Żejtun, Malta), is a strong believer in the capacity of the individual to make a positive difference. Standing out as a soft-spoken, driven politician, he has always led by example and conscientiously progressed through political circles.
Before being first named to Cabinet, Mr Abela was employed with Mid-Med Bank Ltd, today HSBC Bank Malta plc, where he worked as a Manager. He was first elected to parliament in 1996, having served as a local councillor in his hometown of Żejtun, a city in the South Eastern Region of Malta, between 1994 and 1996. He has been returned to Parliament in all subsequent legislations. Over the years he has grown into increasingly senior roles within the Maltese Labour Party as well as Government, serving as Assistant Whip, Opposition Spokesperson for Youth and Sport and, later, Opposition Spokesperson for Education, Youth, Sport, and Culture. In 2008, he was unanimously appointed Deputy Speaker of the House of Representative as well as Opposition Main Spokesperson for Industry, Foreign Investment, and Social Policy.
As a Member of Parliament, Mr Abela also served as Regional Representative on the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Head of the Maltese Delegation of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), and Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Following his re-election in 2013, he was appointed Whip for the Government Parliamentary Group and, later, Government Spokesperson. In 2014, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat handed him his first ministerial appointment when he named him Minister for Home Affairs and National Security. After the general election of 2017, his performance and incisiveness earned him the role of Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion. In this onerous role, Mr Abela represented Malta on the European and global stage, constantly making the case for a Euro-Mediterranean dimension and for a stronger partnership between the EU and its Member States, and Africa. On his watch, Malta launched its first national strategy for strengthening its relations with Africa.
Minister Abela is married to Melanie and is the proud father of Andrea and Nadine.