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Written Statement - Ports Development Fund 2017/18

Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Infrastructure

I am pleased to today launch a £2m Ports Development Fund.

The Welsh Government sees maritime ports in Wales as key partners in delivering the objectives set out under our Programme for Government ‘Taking Wales Forward’.

Welsh ports – of all types and sizes - play a key role in supporting a prosperous, secure, united, and connected Wales. They represent a unique driving force for improving economic wealth and growing jobs at a national, regional and local level within Wales and ensuring Wales is internationally and sustainably connected for both the transport of people and goods.

Looking to the future, there is significant potential to add value to ports’ role in connecting people, goods and materials - acting as hubs for a diverse maritime economy through the sustainable co-location of commercial, industrial, logistic, tourist and fishing activities.

This fund, which has both a revenue and capital element, has been designed to support ports achieve this potential. Bids are invited for projects which

  • promote streamlined and sustainable intermodal freight systems
  • develop new and maximise existing tourism opportunities, looking forward to Visit Wales’ 2018 Year of the Sea
  • support renewable and low carbon energy installations
  • protect and enhance the environment
Detailed information can be found on the Welsh Government website:

http://gov.wales/topics/transport/ports/ports-development-fund-2017-18/?lang=en

This statement is being issued during recess in order to keep members informed. Should members wish me to make a further statement or to answer questions on this when the Assembly returns I would be happy to do so.