Cardiff remains an outward looking international Capital City
Welcome to this week’s Leader’s Vlog which is very much influenced by last week’s decision to leave the European Union. On Tuesday I chaired a Public Services Board Meeting at Yr Hen Lyfrgell the Welsh cultural centre in Cardiff.
The meeting of public service partners from across Cardiff discussed the implications of last Thursday’s referendum on membership of the European Union. It was a very useful discussion and an opportunity to share knowledge and understanding of some of the issues that the City will be addressing going forward over the coming months.
Cardiff has always been a vibrant and cosmopolitan city. We have over 100 languages spoken in Cardiff and people from over 100 countries reside in the city. So I think it’s very important at this time of uncertainty that we work together to reassure people that Cardiff remains very much an outward looking international capital city. One which respects and values the contribution of people from Cardiff and indeed from right across the World.
It was an important meeting but also just the start of a long series of negotiations as we look to a potential future outside the European Union.
Launch of Growth and Competitiveness Commission for the Cardiff Capital Region
Earlier in the day I was in Merthyr Tydfil for the launch of the Growth and Competitiveness Commission for the Cardiff Capital Region. This independent Commission has been appointed as part of the £1.2bn City Deal agreement and will make recommendations on the future economic strategy for the region.
The launch was at the Old Town Hall in Merthyr Tydfil and it was a really good session. Professor Greg Clark an international city-region expert from London will chair the commission which will hold sessions right across the region. Looking at all the evidence that exists and assessing the strengths and weaknesses of our region and how we can create more jobs and opportunities for people right across Cardiff, Newport and the valley areas of the region. But it will also make we sure authorities work together in a better way which is particularly important given the challenges that we face. Not least the recent decision of the EU referendum.
It’s a very important piece of work and a critical aspect of our City Deal that we signed with UK and Welsh Governments. We will now be looking forward with interest to the work of the Commission and their report back to us later this year.
Anyone interested in giving evidence or taking part should contact the commission at: firstname.lastname@example.org