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Welsh Government launches ‘Wales In India’ Initiative to strengthen bilateral ties

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First Minister Mark Drakeford and Minister for Health and Social Services Eluned Morgan inaugurated the year-long “Wales In India” initiative at St David’s Day events held at London’s Indian High Commission and in Mumbai. This initiative aims to celebrate and bolster the existing ties between the two nations across various domains such as art and culture, education, health, business, and human rights.

“Wales In India” is a 12-month series of events designed to deepen the connections between Wales and India while also facilitating new trade and investment opportunities, promoting cultural and sporting exchanges, and fostering collaborations in academics and healthcare. To kickstart this program, Minister Eluned Morgan is leading a Welsh delegation to India.

Wales is already collaborating closely with the government of Maharashtra state in India, home to 114 million people, to shape its own version of the Well-being of Future Generations Act. This legislation, pioneered by Wales and praised by the UN, ensures that Ministers and public bodies consider the long-term impacts of their decisions.

First Minister Mark Drakeford expressed his excitement about the initiative, stating, “Throughout this year of Wales in India, we will deepen our mutual appreciation and understanding, showcasing our deep-rooted partnerships and forging new connections.”

H.E. Mr. Vikram Doraiswami, High Commissioner of India to the UK, highlighted the historic and multidimensional relationship between India and Wales, emphasizing the celebration of modern ties and the aim to connect the peoples of both nations more effectively.

Derek Walker, Future Generations Commissioner, emphasized the shared mission between Wales and Maharashtra to work for the interests of future generations, particularly in addressing climate change and implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Siân Lewis, Chief Executive of Urdd Gobaith Cymru, expressed delight in joining the initiative to combat gender-based violence through collaboration with Her Future Coalition in India. She highlighted the opportunity for young ambassadors from Wales to support Her Future Coalition’s programs and initiatives while learning from their resilience and creativity.

The “Wales In India” initiative signifies a commitment to fostering deeper bonds and collaboration between Wales and India across various spheres for mutual benefit and progress.

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