In 2015 the Welsh Government published its international agenda: Wales in the World. Since then, the international landscape has changed dramatically creating the need for a new refocused strategy that sets out an international vision for Wales.
Over the past six months, the Welsh Government has engaged with stakeholders to develop and inform its thinking around the strategy. The continuing uncertainty of Brexit, the lack of clarity on our relationship with our nearest neighbours, and the protracted EU withdrawal negotiations have added significant delay and difficulty to the drafting of this international strategy. The draft is the product of a stakeholder engagement process and this consultation seeks your views on our proposed approach to internationalisation.
With the consultation closing on 23 October, just one week from the UK’s extended deadline to leave the European Union, the final strategy will need to have a degree of flexibility built into it, and will have to adapt to the circumstances at the time of publication, in response to the ‘deal’ and ‘no deal’ scenarios which will be clearer after 31 October. The Welsh Government are asking us to consider the following four questions:
Question 1: The three goals set out in the strategy are:
-to raise Wales’ international profile
-increase exports and inward investment
-showcase Wales as a globally responsible nation.
These goals have been developed to bring coordinated outcomes to the international work being undertaken by the Welsh Government and its partners. Do you agree with these goals? Are there any other goals that should be considered?
Question 2: People – the strategy highlights the important role that our people and cultural organisations, in Wales and overseas, can play in raising Wales’ international profile.
Do you agree with the ambitions set out in this chapter? Do you think they will deliver the key goal to raise Wales’ international profile?
Question 3: Products – Wales has a strong global commercial relationship both in terms of exports and attracting inward investment. The strategy sets out plans to showcase Wales’ expertise in cyber security, compound-semiconductors and film and television production to demonstrate that we have a modern and vibrant economy. This, in turn, will enhance our wider export and inward investment offer to the rest of the world.
Do you agree that showcasing these areas will demonstrate that Wales has a modern, vibrant economy and skilled workforce?
Question 4: Place – Wales‘ culture and language have contributed to international tourism and increased recognition as a visitor destination. In this strategy, we have identified the need to promote sustainable tourism as a priority. Wales has also demonstrated a commitment to global responsibility through its Wales for Africa programme and our Health Boards.
Do you agree that the ambitions set out in the strategy will promote Wales as a globally responsible nation and showcase our commitment to sustainability?
HOW TO RESPOND
You can respond online at
https://gov.wales/draft-international-strategy-for-wales. Alternatively, you can download and complete the response form at the same web address and email: InternationalStrategy@gov.wales
Or post it to:
International Relations & Trade Department