Welsh farmers have become the first in Europe to receive the new single payment
for 2005, introduced under the reformed Common Agricultural Policy.

The Rural Payments Division of the Welsh Assembly Government with IT partner
Capgemini UK plc has successfully developed processes and IT systems that have
resulted in about 75% of Welsh farmers being paid during the first day of the
European Commission payment window that opened on 1 December.

More than £110 million of payments were processed during the two-day period December
1-2.

Sue Armitage, responsible for implementing the Single Payment in Wales at the
Welsh Assembly, said: “I am delighted that the majority of Welsh farmers are receiving
their first single payment before Christmas and that this programme has been successfully
delivered on time and within budget. This success reflects the hard work by Welsh
Assembly Government staff and Capgemini over the past two years to accommodate
the many complex changes required as part of the reform of the Common Agricultural
Policy.”

Mary Champion, Capgemini’s Delivery Director responsible for Capgemini’s work
at the Welsh Assembly Government, said: “This success is a huge tribute to the
joint team from the Welsh Assembly Government and Capgemini who delivered the
systems needed to make payments on time. The key contributory factors were a high
degree of collaboration between the business and IT, and also a strongly managed
“build to budget” approach, which together ensured a mutual focus on the scope
and risk management needed to meet the demanding delivery schedule.”

The new processes and computer systems were developed by a collaborative Welsh
Assembly and Capgemini team based in Cardiff. The resulting system is an upgrade
of the original Rural Payments system implemented in 2003, with new functionality
to handle the complete overhaul of the CAP regime that has taken place since then.

Capgemini is part of the Merlin Alliance a 10 year partnership agreement with
the Welsh Assembly, in conjunction with Siemens Business Services and PA Consulting
Group.

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For more information, please contact:

At Capgemini:

Tom Barton

Media relations manager

Tel: 0870 238 2491

tom.barton@capgemini.co.uk

At the Welsh Assembly:

Rebekah Reid

Senior Press Officer/Uwch Swyddog y Wasg

Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru

Ffon Tel (029) 2089 8490

Facs Fax (029) 2089 8560

rebekah.reid@wales.gsi.gov.uk

About the Capgemini Group

Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of Consulting, Technology and
Outsourcing services, has a unique way of working with its clients, which it calls
the Collaborative Business Experience. Through commitment to mutual success and
the achievement of tangible value, Capgemini helps businesses implement growth
strategies, leverage technology, and thrive through the power of collaboration.
Capgemini employs approximately 60,000 people worldwide and reported 2004 global
revenues of 6.3 billion euros.

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