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First Minister gets trading started on Wall Street.

FIRST Minister Carwyn Jones celebrated St David's Day yesterday by ringing the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange.

The First Minister is currently in the US to take part in a series of events and business meetings, including with chief executive of the NYSE Duncan Niederauer to raise the profile of Wales in the US.

Mr Jones said: "It's an honour to open trading on the New York Stock exchange and to put Wales well and truly in the international spotlight ahead of St David's Day.

"Ringing the opening bell at the world's largest stock exchange on behalf of the people of Wales is symbolic.

"As a nation, we have shed old stereotypes to emerge as a strong contender in business.

"St David's Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate these achievements.

"Over the past year we have seen direct investment from foreign businesses increase by almost 200%.

"It's through our negotiations and determination to sell the Welsh brand that this has happened.

"We can't wait for the world to come knocking at our door; we have to get out and show them what we have to offer.

"I'd like to thank Duncan Niederauer for the warm welcome, constructive talks, and for helping us put Wales centre stage on Wall Street on St David's Day."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Mar 1, 2014
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