Carwyn Jones: Tough economic times for Wales in 2013
First Minister Carwyn Jones has called for Wales to unite as a country to face the tough economic times in 2013.
In his new year's message, he said Wales would "continue to face some very real economic challenges".
He gave a personal commitment to make sure the Welsh government did all it could to support the economy and help create jobs.
But he believes that despite the current climate, Wales could become a stronger nation as a result.
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I will sell the message to the world that Wales is ready and open to do business”
Mr Jones said: "As we say goodbye to 2012, let us look forward with optimism to 2013.
"No one is denying Wales, like the rest of the world, will continue to face some very real economic challenges.
"This will require all of us to work together, to unite as a country to face these tough times. I believe that despite the current climate we can come through these times stronger as a nation.
"I give my personal commitment to continue to make sure the Welsh government does all it can to support our economy and help create jobs.
"I will sell the message to the world that Wales is ready and open to do business."
Mr Jones said new year was a time to put aside differences, a time for "us to focus on family and friends and a time to look to the future".
"I wish all of you a happy new year," he added.