Wales has been developing links with other countries for years. Close ties have been developed with areas across the world, bringing benefit to the people of Wales and those areas concerned. To date the Welsh Government has eight Memorandums of Understanding with countries or regions around the world.
We have strong links with the USA, India and China and those relationships are being constantly built upon and strengthened. Wales also has close ties with Argentina, in particular Patagonia where Welsh settlers arrived in 1865. Today the province of Chubut, where most Welsh immigrants settled, has a population of 550,000 people. Of these some 50,000 can claim Welsh ancestry and 5,000 speak the Welsh language.
The European agenda is of significant importance to Wales and we play an active role within the European policy process through the UK government's membership.
We also have a Wales for Africa programme, which looks at how we can help deliver the United Nations Millenium Development Goals to halve global poverty by 2015.
Our national day, St David's Day is marked with celebrations and events across the globe.