Hart visits the United States to boost trade and discuss nuclear power
Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart is traveling to the United States on a mission to boost trade and investment in Wales.
Welsh Secretary Hart will travel from Tuesday April 5 to Saturday April 9.
Following the January lifting of restrictions on British lamb imports into the US market after more than two decades, Mr Hart will meet with officials from the US Department of Agriculture and the Meat Importers Council to discuss the involvement of Welsh exporters in the resumption of the lamb trade.
Potential investment in nuclear power in Wales is also at the heart of the Welsh Secretary’s itinerary with talks scheduled with key industry figures.
Mr. Hart’s program includes meetings with representatives of key companies – including manufacturing and energy sectors, talks with US political figures, a visit to the Vogtle plant in Georgia to see the construction of Westinghouse’s AP-1000 reactor, and meet with senior officials from Westinghouse Southern Nuclear and engineering firm Bechtel.
It is estimated that Welsh exports to the United States are worth almost £1.8 billion a year.
Speaking ahead of his visit, the MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Hart said: “Against the backdrop of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, UK-US relations have never were also important.
“There are strong and important economic and cultural ties between Wales and our American friends and it is fantastic to be able to promote them and help to strengthen them further.
“Over the past two years we have seen significant developments in our relationship which have been hugely beneficial to Wales, from the lifting of steel tariffs to new export opportunities for Welsh lamb.
“I want to build on this progress and will discuss further investment opportunities in Wales with nuclear power at the heart of these discussions.”
The Welsh Secretary’s itinerary also includes talks with the US Department of Agriculture and the Meat Importers Council on future imports of Welsh lamb into the US, an event with the British American Business Association to promote the Country of Wales, meetings with personalities from the energy company Valero and interviews. with politicians from the Friends of Wales caucus in the US Congress.
Mr Hart is traveling to Washington DC on Tuesday April 5 and then to Georgia on Thursday April 7, with his visit supported by the British Embassy, part of the UK’s extensive global diplomatic network.