Chairman of the Foreign and European Affairs Parliamentary Committee
Appointed Parliamentary Secretary in the
Ministry for Development of Infrastructure
Appointed Minister for Transport and
Minister for the Environment
Minister for Tourism and Cultures
University of Malta
Graduated as Doctor of Laws in 1979 and Master of Arts in Financial Services in 1999. He is currently reading for an MBA with Henley School of Management (University of Reading, UK).
Hon. Francis Zammit Dimech was born on the 23rd October, 1954 . He was educated at St. Aloysius College and at the University of Malta and graduated as Doctor of Laws in 1979 and Master of Arts in Financial Services in 1999. He is currently reading for an MBA with Henley School of Management (University of Reading, UK).
In 1978/79, he served as President of the Students Representative Council. At the age of 14, he founded a national youth movement by the name of Teens' and Twenties' Talent Trust (better known as Four Ts). The movement was non-partisan but actively followed national civil issues, ranging from the need to do our part towards the country's environment and heritage to actively participating in a mass demonstration to protest the sacking of Henry Frendo as editor of ‘Il-Ħajja'.
Hon. Francis Zammit Dimech contested the general elections for the first time in 1981. He was elected to Parliament in 1987 and in all subsequent general elections. He was appointed Secretary of Transportation and Communications in 1990. Following re-election in 1992, Hon. Francis Zammit Dimech was appointed Minister for Transport and Communications. In March 1994 and again in 1998 he was appointed Minister for the Environment. In 2002 he was appointed Minister for Resources and Infrastructure and after being re-elected in April 2003 he was appointed Minister for Tourism.
He lists among his achievements: the setting up of Malta International Airport, introducing Malta's digital platform for telecommunications, launching Malta's first mobile phone service, piloting Malta's waste management strategy, seeing to the promenade project in St Julian's and Sliema, launching three public-private sector major projects: the Manoel Island/Tigné project, the Cottonera project and the Valletta Cruise Liner Passenger Terminal project; placing our cultural and historic heritage on more solid foundations; introducing major events in Malta which were unheard of until then - such as the ‘Notte Bianca' and the ‘Isle of MTV'; and achieving a new record in the number of tourists visiting the country following the introduction of low cost carriers to Malta.
For a number of years he formed part of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly as well as of the Malta-European Union Joint Parliamentary Committee. He regularly contributes features to different papers and has authored a number of publications, book reviews and forewords and newspaper articles.
He carries vast experience with regard to dealing with different Government entities, and has since 2008 being acting as Consultant to the private sector on various major projects.
Hon. Francis Zammit Dimech is also Chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign and European Affairs within which he also chairs Working Group 1, and a member of the Standing Committee on Privileges, the Select Committee for the Re-codification and Consolidation of Laws, as well as a member of Select Committee on Strengthening Democracy.
He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Leader of the House on 28 November 2012.