Wales will do every part it might probably to proceed its robust relationship with Germany – with commerce hyperlinks value greater than £3bn – as the subsequent section of negotiations with the EU proceed.
That was the message from Eluned Morgan, the Minister for Worldwide Relations and Welsh Language, throughout a go to to Wales by Dr Peter Wittig, Germany’s Ambassador to the UK.
Dr Wittig met the Minister and First Minister Mark in Cardiff Bay, toured Cardiff College and likewise attended commerce talks with Welsh Authorities representatives – adopted by a reception for the German diaspora in Wales at Cardiff Fort.
The next day, the Ambassador visited German companies based mostly in North Wales, together with Innogy in Mostyn, and the Airbus manufacturing facility at Broughton.
Germany is one among Wales’ strongest buying and selling companions. 2018 noticed simply over 18 per cent of all Welsh items exported exterior the UK going to Germany, with a complete worth of greater than £3billion.
Germany can also be a robust contributor to the tourism business in Wales. After Eire, Germany provides the joint second-greatest variety of guests to Wales – an annual whole of 87,000 guests, in line with current figures.
This accounts for eight per cent of all worldwide visits, and about seven per cent of whole tourism spend.
Eluned Morgan, the Minister for Worldwide Relations and Welsh Language, stated: “I used to be more than happy to fulfill Dr Wittig, and that we had been in a position to focus on the continued and future relationship between Germany and Wales.
“Outdoors of the UK, Germany is our strongest commerce associate, and as such talks equivalent to these are all-important as we proceed to take a look at methods to mutually improve these hyperlinks between us.”
The Minister added: “Because the UK leaves the EU, our place is that Wales stays open to enterprise with its European companions.
“We wish to do every part we will to take care of the robust financial, cultural and commerce hyperlinks we now have already constructed with a variety of associate nations within the EU.
“As we lately set out in our Worldwide Technique, we’re working onerous to make sure that we don’t lose any of these important connections constructed up with European companions, equivalent to Germany.”
The Minister added: “We’ve an extremely robust base of German companies working in Wales and using Welsh staff, and I used to be more than happy to see that Dr Wittig had the chance to see the work being carried out by Innogy at its Flintshire base within the Port of Mostyn, by means of its work on the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm undertaking.”
With an put in capability of 576 megawatts, Gwynt y Môr is among the many largest business offshore wind farms worldwide.
A complete of 160 wind generators produce sufficient electrical energy to produce roughly 400,000 households yearly with renewable power
Dr Wittig stated: “I want to thank the Welsh Authorities very a lot for this type invitation.
“Wales and Germany already boast deep ties in lots of areas – enterprise, tradition, commerce and other people – ties we will belief and ties we will construct upon.
“This could encourage us to beat the uncertainty of the previous three years – we could be daring in our ambitions and construct a long-lasting future relationship.
“Germany is probably the most vital export vacation spot for Wales – with one fifth of all Welsh exports going to Germany, whereas German exports to Wales amounted to three.2 billion GBP in 2018.
“I can see extra alternatives in lots of sectors – together with in renewable energies, even nearer educational ties, analysis on future industries and joint infrastructure tasks.”