Malta Enterprise is the country’s economic development agency, tasked with attracting new foreign direct investment as well as facilitating the growth of existing operations. In operation under various guises since the 1950s, the Corporation enjoys a great deal of accumulated experience in the field. Furthermore, it acts as an adviser to Government on economic policy due to its close and constant interaction with the main economic players in the country.Malta Enterprise is the driving force behind the creation of IFDIS – the Institute of Foreign Direct Investment Studies – an institution which offers research and training for FDI management to stakeholders involved in the development of FDI attraction and retention strategies. It is also the national contact point for the Enterprise Europe Network, through which companies based in Malta can develop links with counterparts in over 60 other countries. The long-term presence of an investor in the country is a priority for Malta Enterprise.Malta Enterprise is also responsible for the growth and development of Maltese enterprises locally through Business First (B1st), the first port of call and one-stop-shop for the essential business services.It also operates the Malta Life Sciences Park, which provides first-class facilities in order to promote research, inspire collaboration between the University of Malta, Mater Dei Hospital, Oncology and private and public enterprise. The Park also houses innovative projects in the production of digital games to create synergies with life sciences.