Wednesday, 4 May 2016


Plaid Cymru Shadow Economy Minister Rhun ap Iorwerth has vowed today that a Plaid Cymru government would write Wales's economic success story by implementing a detailed National Economic Plan unrivalled by any other party in this election. Rhun ap Iorwerth said that the Party of Wales's medium-term objective was to close the economic gap between Wales and the rest of the UK, by focusing on upskilling the workforce, creating well-paid jobs and stimulating economic growth.

Shadow Economy Minister Rhun ap Iorwerth said:

"Plaid Cymru recognises that Wales needs a strong and resilient economy in order to support our vital public services.

"To achieve this, our National Economic Plan will focus on raising skill levels, implementing an active industrial strategy and bringing forward a comprehensive plan for infrastructure investment.

"By creating 50,000 new apprenticeships, boosting innovation throughout Wales and doubling the Welsh R&D budget through our National Innovation body we will create more high-skilled, well-paid jobs.

"Plaid Cymru's National Infrastructure Commission - NICW - will be the largest infrastructure investment project since devolution, designed to transform Wales's roads, railways, schools, hospitals and homes.

"Our Wales Development Agency will help home-grown businesses succeed and boost exports, and will attract investment from around the world, reviving the globally-recognised Welsh brand.

"The Party of Wales's economic vision is unrivalled in its ambition and scope. If we are to close the economic gap between Wales and the rest of the UK it is vital that we inject new vigour into the Welsh economy.

"While Labour and the Tories are content to use our nation's poverty as a tool for political point-scoring, Plaid Cymru refuses to accept that this is as good as it gets for Wales."

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