Minister 'not concerned' about relationship with UKTI
"We have a good working relationship with UKTI (UK Trade & Investment) and we are not concerned about it", the economy minister Edwina Hart said on 3 April 2014.
Mrs Hart was responding to the Labour AM Joyce Watson who quoted a comment by David Williams, chair of the of the Welsh Government's energy and environment sector panel, that Wales is seen as "a second division player" from a UKTI point of view.
UKTI is a non-ministerial government department that aims to help UK-based exporters succeed globally and to assist overseas companies to bring high quality investment to the UK.
The Enterprise and Business Committee was hearing evidence from the First Minister Carwyn Jones and Edwina Hart, on the Welsh Government's approach to the promotion of trade and inward investment.
According to Mrs Hart, it is "fruitless making a comparison with the former Welsh Development Agency, Wales Trade International and International Business Wales.
"We are now operating in an economic environment that is very different and the industrial landscape of Wales is different too".
Earlier, the committee discussed EU funding opportunities 2014-2020, with Professor Colin Riordan, President and Vice Chancellor, Cardiff University. A discussion was also held on social enterprises, with Wales Council for Voluntary Action and the economy minister.