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Jane Hutt AM visits the National Library

Dr Aled Gruffydd Jones, Chief Executive and Librarian of the National Library of Wales was delighted to welcome Welsh Government’s Minster of Finance and Government Business, Jane Hutt AM, to the  Library today ( Monday 15 December). 

During her visit, the Minister was updated on progress on the National Library’s Digitisation for Business project, also known as DigiDo. The £2.2 million European Union backed project  aims  to encourage innovative Welsh businesses and give them the tools to be able to compete both locally and globally. This project provides an opportunity for businesses to exploit and re-use this large repository that exists within the National Library of Wales, one of the great libraries of the world.

Aled Gruffydd Jones said, 'European funding has enabled the Library to make available its vast collections to publishers, TV companies and others in the creative industries in Wales, and will remain an important source of funding in the future.'

The Minister also thanked the National Library for their contribution to the Taxes in Wales exhibition which has just come to an end. The exhibition was hosted  at the National Library in partnership with the Glamorgan Archives in Cardiff and Bangor University, who also provided  material for the exhibition.

The Minister said, ‘It is 700 years since the last tax legislation in Wales, which underlines the significance of our White Paper on devolved tax collection and management.  This is the first of three consultations, others on proposals for new taxes will be  published in the spring.  This is a hugely important issue for Wales, and I hope everyone with a view will contribute’.

‘The Taxes in Wales exhibition is therefore extremely timely and has provided a real insight into the history of taxes in Wales as we prepare for the devolution of tax powers.  I would to like to thank the National Library of Wales and other partners who contributed to the exhibition’ she said.

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