A full report of the assembly government's economic development department's main achievements in 2001- 2002 will be presented to the assembly's economic development committee on Wednesday.
Grants totalling£143.3m were offered to 270 businesses in Wales through the assembly government's Regional Selective Assistance scheme, which will lead to 13,173 jobs being created and safeguarded throughout Wales. These grants will also help to bring in an associated investment of£642m into the Welsh economy in the future.
On the jobs front, the assembly government's two main economic development agencies - Welsh Development Agency (WDA) and the Wales Tourist Board (WTB) - both exceeded their forecasts last year. The WDA supported the creation of over 26,000 jobs and the WTB created and safeguarded 1,063 jobs. Their achievements will be published in their annual reports for 2001-2.
Welsh firms secured£62m of new export trade deals last year thanks to support from WalesTrade International, the assembly government's export trade arm. This was£23m higher than the target for the year. WalesTrade International also created£483m worth of new trade opportunities for Welsh exporters.
To support the rural economy in the wake of the foot-and-mouth crisis, the tourism industry in Wales received a 45% budget boost last year.
Economic development minister Andrew Davies, said: 'This record level of investment in economic activity will set the foundations for building a 'winning' Welsh economy over the next 10-years. Our programmes are specifically designed to help existing Welsh companies to grow and become more competitive and encourage the development of new knowledge-based ventures and industries.
'The record value of grants offered by the Welsh assembly last year to companies in Wales are expected to generate a significant number of new jobs in the future.'
Major Investment projects announced in Wales last year include:
Borg Warner Automotive Ltd
Conduit/ 118 European call centre
Continental Teves Ltd
CW Cosmetics Ltd
425 s/g, 150 n
Faurecia Automotive Seating Ltd
General Dynamics (UK) Ltd*
Griffin Windows Ltd
Legal and General Financial Services
Mollertech UK Ltd
The Book People
The Pension Service*
n - new jobs
s/g - safeguarded jobs
*these projects did not receive funding from the assembly government.