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Section highlightThe Housing (Wales) Bill
The Bill will introduce significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
The First Minister detailed the 8 bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the 3rd year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightProject pipeline update - December 2013
This Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan annex highlights planned investments and potential procurement opportunities.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2013-14 »
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This page contains information on the activities that make up International Affairs.
The European and External Affairs Division is responsible for External Relations and activities fall into four broad categories:
Public Diplomacy issues and international relationships
We maintain links between the Welsh Government and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and provide advice on matters of diplomacy. We also offer strategic and practical guidance related to our links with other regions throughout the World and explore opportunities for developing further formal and informal links of benefit to Wales.
Formal government links are reflected in Memoranda of Understanding with Catalunya, Brittany, New South Wales, Chubut (Patagonia), Baden-Wurttemberg, Silesia (Poland), Latvia, and Chongqing (China).
As a small country it is important that Wales makes the best use of all its resources. We have been working with others on developing a Wales brand – a positive and consistent image of Wales which can be harnessed by all involved in the promotion of any aspect of Wales – as a place to live, work, study, visit and do business. This brand will influence the way everyone in the Welsh Government promotes Wales and we are making guidelines available to assist colleagues.
In order to raise the international profile of Wales and increase Wales’s influence on the world stage we organise a small number of quality, high profile international events each year. We showcase some of the very best that Wales has to offer and events have taken place in Brussels, California, New York, Sydney, Dubai and Lorient France. In 2006 we have two major events taking place in New York and Hong Kong.
The Welsh Government receives frequent requests from overseas diplomats, politicians and Very Important Persons (VIPs) who wish to visit Wales. External Relations makes arrangements for such visits wherever possible, tailoring programmes to the visitors’ stated interests and the Welsh Government’s objectives.