FM India Trade Mission to Promote Glyndwr on International Stage

AM for Wrexham, Lesley Griffiths has spoken of the importance of Wales’ ability to promote herself on the international stage, as First Minister Carwyn Jones touches down in India along with representatives of Wrexham’s Glyndwr university.

The AM has also spoken of her belief this would not be happening if it were not for devolution.

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones is leading a trade delegation to the subcontinent this week to promote Wales as a place to invest, visit and do business. The delegation will include representatives from the Welsh business community and Higher education institutions.

The delegation will visit Indian capital New Delhi and the financial and business hubs of Mumbai and Bangalore this week, to meet with representatives of the Indian Government and Industry.

The itinerary features the Indian launch of Welsh natural beauty firm Montagne Jeunesse, an event to promote Wales as a tourist destination, and a cultural event at the British Council India to highlight the Cardiff hosting of the 2013 Womex world music event.

As part of efforts to promote further partnership in Higher Education, the trade mission will also include representatives from Cardiff, Cardiff Metropolitan, Bangor and Glyndwr universities.

Speaking of the visit, Lesley Griffiths AM said:

“The First Minister is performing a vital role promoting and strengthening the bond between India and Wales and now is the right time to do this.

“However, without devolution we would not have a First Minister to promote our interests on the international stage and would be without the strong representation we deserve.

“Wales has much to offer the Indian businessperson, tourist or student alike. We boast top class educational facilities, a highly skilled workforce and access to the world’s largest common market all within one of the world’s most beautiful parts of the British Isles.

“I am pleased to see Glyndwr University actively promoting what the Welsh Higher Education Sector has to offer. Glyndwr already has strong international relationships in China and India, and this will only serve to bolster its international standing.”

The Welsh Government recently reiterated its commitment to developing economic and educational links with India when it announced a further three years funding of £300,000 for the UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI). The funding will help Welsh universities to access funding to support their global research, innovation and educational activities.

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