The Welsh Government has published a new program of international trade missions for 2023


Economy Minister Vaughan Gething has unveiled a packed program of Welsh Government international trade missions for spring 2023, supporting Welsh businesses who will be traveling the world over the next few months to develop exports.

The announcement was made as the latest business delegation from Wales traveled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the Middle East’s largest medical exhibition – Arab Health – on 28 January 2023. Med Tech businesses were joined by companies from various sectors who are keen to explore opportunities in this global trade hub.

Welsh businesses will visit Dublin in March to meet potential new customers and partners as part of a series of events to promote Wales internationally on St David’s Day. Ireland is the 4th most popular destination for Welsh exports and presents excellent business opportunities across all sectors.

In addition, the Welsh Government’s agency that supports the creative industries in Wales, Creative Wales, is leading a business support mission at the Games Developers Conference (GDC) 2023 in San Francisco. The GDC delegation will be joined by other Welsh businesses looking to grow their exports in the San Francisco Bay Area, a part of California with a GDP of over half a trillion US dollars.

From April, the Welsh Government will lead seven new trade missions to five countries on three continents. Markets and exhibitions in the program have been chosen to take into account current international developments that offer real opportunities for Welsh business.

Visiting an export market in itself can be a critical element in winning and maintaining business, whether it’s visiting an exhibition or talking to potential customers, and the Welsh Government is inviting Welsh exporters to register to take part.

The new program continues with a trade mission to Atlanta, Georgia for MRO Americas from April 18-20. Airlines, commercial airlift service, repair and overhaul providers, manufacturers, regulators and industry experts will meet at North America’s premier industry event.

Between April 25 and 27, companies will be attending JEC Paris, one of the leading exhibitions in the composite materials industry, attracting 1,300 exhibitors and more than 45,000 visitors.

Trade missions promoted under the Cymru Wales brand support wider efforts to raise Wales’ profile on the world stage. Building on Wales’ appearance at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, businesses are returning to Doha, Qatar in May to develop new commercial opportunities.

June is a busy time for Welsh exporters with a number of trade missions. Between the 3rd and the 9th, delegations will go to the BIO International Convention in Boston, USA. The BIO International Convention attracts more than 14,000 leaders in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals for a week of intense interaction to discover new opportunities and promising partnerships. A multi-sector business delegation will also visit Boston.

Back in Europe, Wales will send a delegation to Amsterdam, Netherlands for Money 20/20 Europe from June 5-9. This event offers an opportunity to connect with the boldest and brightest voices in fintech to delve into today’s challenges and together shape what’s next for the money ecosystem in Europe and beyond.

The program then heads to Paris, France for the iconic Paris Air Show from June 19-25. Founded in 1909, it is the largest aerospace event in the world and an opportunity to network with key players in the global aerospace industry.

Economy Minister Von Götting said:

“Exports are vital to many of our businesses and the Welsh Government is committed to supporting them to expand and succeed.

“As the last delegation of major Welsh companies travel to Dubai at the end of the week, I am delighted to confirm a busy program of trade missions this spring, including North America, Europe and the Middle East. These are vital export markets for Wales and I am confident that the missions will help firms across Wales to establish their export success.

“As we implement the Export Action Plan, we will continue to build on the solid platform that has been laid over the past twelve months as we recover from the Covid pandemic. Attending targeted international trade shows and markets is vital to growing exports and increasing the competitiveness of our businesses in Wales. I wish success to all participating companies.”

The full 2023/24 program will be announced in March when Explore Export Wales returns to Cardiff City Stadium on 9 March and the Village Hotel, Ewloe on 16 March 2023.

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