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Quasi-Autonomous Non-Governmental Organization. An organization, which itself is not part of the government, to which the government has given a large degree of power, as a regulator or in another capacity. A prominent example is the Water Services Regulation Authority, which regulates sewage in the UK, among other things. However, it is not part of the government. The term is most common in the British Isles.

quango (quasi-autonomous nongovernmental organization)

an executive body which is responsible for overseeing a designated area of public sector activities and spending.
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If we get an arm's length body that can get this project going forward then I am optimistic, but if not I am pessimistic.
It is time to reconsider the structure of government support for our tourism industry and assess whether leadership should be provided in-house by the Welsh Government or whether a new independent arm's length body might be best-placed to sell Wales.
and innovative institutional response from the Welsh Government and some form of arm's length body will be required to spearhead it.