Business leaders in Wales have praised the appointment of Ken Skates to the position of Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure in the Welsh Government, but are urging Mr Skates and the Welsh Government not to forget some of the key issues surrounding the Welsh economy.
After two weeks of deadlock without a government, Carwyn Jones was re-appointed First Minister and gave Mr Skates the re-branded top economy job in Welsh Government after his predecessor Edwina Hart stepped down after the election.
Business leaders are now urging the government not to back away from its proposals to build a £1 billion M4 relief-road around Newport to alleviate strain on the M4 corridor and boost the economy.
Emma Watkins, director of CBI Wales, said: "CBI members have three clear priorities for the new Cabinet Secretary. Firstly, push ahead with the delivery of the M4 Black Route; secondly, empower our regions to be dynamic drivers of growth; and, finally, create an ambitious all-government plan for the Welsh economy."
Ms Watkins also praised plans to launch an infrastructure commission. She said: "CBI members called for the creation of an independent infrastructure commission for Wales in our manifesto for the Assembly election, so we are pleased the new Welsh Government will create such a body and look forward to working with the Cabinet Secretary to develop a common vision for the new commission."
Janet Jones, chair of the FSB Wales' policy unit, said: “We look forward to him [Ken Skates] putting his own stamp on his department, and hope to meet with him at the earliest opportunity to discuss issues that impact on small businesses and the economy in Wales, including the delivery of business support and access to finance, business taxation, and the need for an integrated transport system for Wales.”