Siemens UK warns of government industrial strategy divide

Siemens | January 31, 2019

The chief executive of one of Britain’s biggest industrial companies, Siemens UK, has accused the government of being as divided over its industrial strategy as it is over Brexit. Jurgen Maier, who leads the German manufacturing firm’s operations in Britain, said the government’s industrial strategy had made progress since its launch in late 2017, but that more was needed to support manufacturers across the UK. He raised doubts about wider Tory backing for the policy: “It is brilliant we have a Conservative government behind this. But let’s be clear the government is as split on this being the right thing to do as it is on Brexit.”

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The world is more peaceful, safe, and prosperous when the human rights of women are respected and they can fully participate in economic, social, and political life. But we know the enduring challenges of fulfilling that promise. A defining competition between democracies and autocracies. The COVID-19 pandemic. The climate crisis. Mass migration and displacement. The denial of education and sexual violence against women and girls across the world. No matter what global crisis unfolds—women and girls are disproportionately impacted, and that makes the world less stable.

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