Wales will do the whole lot it may well to proceed its sturdy 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 International 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 University and likewise attended commerce talks with Welsh Government representatives – adopted by a reception for the German diaspora in Wales at Cardiff Castle.
The following day, the Ambassador visited German companies primarily based in North Wales, together with Innogy in Mostyn, and the Airbus manufacturing facility at Broughton.
Germany is one in every of 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 be a robust contributor to the tourism business in Wales. After Ireland, Germany provides the joint second-greatest variety of guests to Wales – an annual complete of 87,000 guests, in accordance with current figures.
This accounts for eight per cent of all worldwide visits, and about seven per cent of complete tourism spend.
Eluned Morgan, the Minister for International Relations and Welsh Language, mentioned: “I used to be very happy to fulfill Dr Wittig, and that we had been in a position to talk about the continuing and future relationship between Germany and Wales.
“Outside of the UK, Germany is our strongest trade partner, and as such talks such as these are all-important as we continue to look at ways to mutually enhance those links between us.”
The Minister added: “As the UK leaves the EU, our place is that Wales stays open to enterprise with its European companions.
“We need to do the whole lot we will to keep up the sturdy financial, cultural and commerce hyperlinks now we have already constructed with a variety of companion nations within the EU.
“As we recently set out in our International Strategy, we are working hard to ensure that we don’t lose any of those vital connections built up with European partners, such as Germany.”
The Minister added: “We have an incredibly strong base of German businesses working in Wales and employing Welsh workers, and I was very pleased to see that Dr Wittig had the opportunity to see the work being carried out by Innogy at its Flintshire base in the Port of Mostyn, through its work on the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm project.”
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 approximately 400,000 households yearly with renewable power
Dr Wittig mentioned: “I want to thank the Welsh Government very a lot for this sort invitation.
“Wales and Germany already boast deep ties in lots of areas – enterprise, tradition, commerce and folks – ties we will belief and ties we will construct upon.
“This ought to encourage us to beat the uncertainty of the previous three years – we might be daring in our ambitions and construct an enduring future relationship.
“Germany is probably the most important 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 more opportunities in many sectors – including in renewable energies, even closer academic ties, research on future industries and joint infrastructure projects.”