Welsh Labour’s First Minister Carwyn Jones has made it clear that “Wales means business” on a visit to North America.
As part of a drive to further raise Wales’ profile in the world’s largest economy, the First Minister will make his first ever visits to Atlanta, Cincinnati and Chicago, where he will meet key political and business leaders. The First Minister will also address the Chicago Council on Global Affairs about Wales’ future post-Brexit.
The five-day visit is part of the Welsh Government’s approach to attracting inward investment into Wales – an approach which will be accelerated as part of a coordinated response to Brexit.
Inward investment in Wales is at a 30 year high and recent investment announcements include those from Aston Martin, MotoNovo, TVR, Essentra, EE and BT.
The United States of America is one of Wales’ most important trading partners with over 250 North American companies based in Wales – including GE Aviation, Ford, and General Dynamics – and many Welsh companies also investing and doing business in North America. The Welsh Labour Government has a network of trade and investment offices across the United States, based in in Washington D.C., New York City, San Francisco, Atlanta and Chicago.