- Welsh Development Agency
The Welsh Development Agency (WDA) was an
Assembly Sponsored Public Body(ASPB) established in 1976to encourage business developmentand investmentin Wales. In April 2006the WDA was abolished and its functions were absorbed into the Welsh Assembly Government's Department of Economy and Transport.
The WDA had four objectives: furthering the
economic developmentof Wales, promoting industrial efficiencyand international competitiveness, developing employmentand improving the environment. [The Welsh Academy Encyclopedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press 2008] The organisation worked to secure entrepreneurial growth in Wales by increasing the number of startup businesses and by persuading multinational companiesto relocate or open subsidiaryfacilities in Wales. Finance Walesis a public limited company set up by the WDA and still providing funding solutions to Welsh businesses.
Employing several hundred workers, the WDA was one of Wales' most significant employersFact|date=May 2008 with a network of offices worldwide and their headquarters in the former Bank of Wales building in
Cardiff. In its 30-year history the WDA was credited with creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and securing billions of pounds in investment. It even enjoyed the praise of then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who claimed it was doing a marvellous job. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/4866732.stm BBC NEWS | Wales | Questions over quango replacement ] ]
The WDA ceased to exist on
1st April 2006, when it and two other ASPBs - the Wales Tourist Boardand ELWa- merged with the Welsh Assembly. The current Welsh Assembly Government Minister for Economic Development and Transport is Ieuan Wyn Jones.
* [http://new.wales.gov.uk/business The Welsh Assembly Government's business and economy website]
* [http://www.financewales.co.uk Finance Wales' website]
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