On St David’s Day, Secretary of State for Wales David TC Davies delivered his first message since taking up the role. In his message, he celebrated the spirit of the Welsh community and looked ahead to a bright future for the country.
Despite facing challenges like high energy costs due to the war in Ukraine, Davies praised the community spirit of Wales, which he said had brought out the best in people. He highlighted the efforts of many who welcomed Ukrainian people into their homes, providing sanctuary and a place to call home for those desperately in need.
Davies also spoke of the UK government’s commitment to delivering for the people of Wales, citing the upcoming announcement of the first Freeport in Wales, which he said would create jobs and drive growth and prosperity. He also mentioned the £208 million recently committed to eleven major Levelling Up projects across Wales, which he said would add to the £160m previously committed to more than 170 Welsh leveling-up projects, as well as the £790 million to progress growth deals covering every part of the country.
Looking to the future, Davies noted Wales’ potential to play a leading role in green technology, including floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea, marine energy, nuclear, and industrial decarbonization. He pointed to the world’s first compound semiconductor cluster in South Wales, as well as fast-growing media production and FinTech industries. The Welsh food and drink sector, he said, continues to thrive.
Davies also highlighted Wales’ natural beauty, including its countryside, coastline, and vibrant cities and towns, which he said make it an attractive tourist destination.