WAG staff move out of Chrysler Building
The Welsh Assembly government has decided it will be moving its “mini-embassy” out of the expensive Chrysler Building and into cheaper offices with the British consulate, based on Third Avenue.
The offices, with boasted eight employees, reportedly cost the WAG £1.97m for 2009/10. The move will save £62,000 over the next six months.
The assembly government says that its offices in New York allow it to promote Wales and Welsh interests in North America.
It also allows them to seek out investment for the nation: it has worked with Amazon, Virgin Atlantic, IBM and others to expand their operations in Wales.
Deputy First Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones, has said: “This move is a win-win situation, strengthening our ability to attract investment and business to Wales and save money.”
The WAG will also be reviewing its overseas offices in Europe, China, Australia, Dubai, Hong Kong, Dehli, Tokyo and Bangalore.