Ukraine-canada fo­rum set for Toronto on June 20

Kyiv Post Legal Quarterly - - Contents - BY BRIAN BON­NER BON­NER@KYIVPOST.COM

Ukraine's next big free trade agree­ment is likely to come soon with Canada, with an agree­ment signed this sum­mer af­ter a June 20 busi­ness con­fer­ence in Toronto. Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau is ex­pected to visit Ukraine in July.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions are also un­der way with Turkey and Is­rael.

The Cana­dian agree­ment will open the North Amer­i­can na­tion to most Ukrainian goods, pro­mote joint ven­tures and in­vest­ment and help Ukrainian pro­duc­ers get ac­cess to raw ma­te­ri­als. More de­tails are here: http://me.gov.ua/doc­u­ments/ List?lang=uk-ua&tag=in­fo­grafika&pa­gen um­ber=3

The big­gest step for­ward this year came with a free-trade agree­ment that came into ef­fect in Jan­uary with the Euro­pean Union. Ukraine has for sev­eral years had agree­ments with fel­low Soviet re­publics.

Al­to­gether, Ukraine has signed 16 free trade agree­ments cov­er­ing 45 coun­tries.

The "Ukraine-canada: Open For Busi­ness" fo­rum takes place at the Toronto Congress Cen­tre on June 20. More in­for­ma­tion can be found here http://fo­rum.cucc. ca/program.html

One of the par­tic­i­pants, Daniel Bi­lak, man­ag­ing part­ner of CMS Cameron Mckenna, said the fo­rum will pro­vide "a unique op­por­tu­nity for Cana­dian busi­ness to un­der­stand the im­pact of re­form mea­sures that have been im­ple­mented by Ukraine to date. The Ukrainian side will not only eval­u­ate the ex­port op­por­tu­ni­ties for Ukrainian goods, but Ukrainian gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials will hear first-hand what still re­mains to be done to im­prove the busi­ness cli­mate to at­tract se­ri­ous in­vest­ment.”

Oth­ers par­tic­i­pants will in­clude: Diane Fran­cis, a se­nior fel­low of the At­lantic Coun­cil; Chrys­tria Free­land, Ukraine's min­is­ter of in­ter­na­tional trade; Alek­sandr Dany­lyuk, Ukraine fi­nance min­is­ter; Nataliya Mykol­ska, Ukraine deputy econ­omy min­is­ter: Igor Bilous, head of the State Prop­erty Fund of Ukraine; and Fran­cis Malige, re­gional man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for the Euro­pean Bank for Re­con­struc­tion and De­vel­op­ment; Zenon Poticzny, pres­i­dent of the Cana­dian-ukraine Cham­ber of Com­merce; Ro­man Waschuk, Canada's am­bas­sador to Ukraine; An­driy Shevchenko, Ukraine's am­bas­sador to Canada; Bo­hdan Kupych, vice pres­i­dent of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment for KM Core; Dmytro Shymkiv, deputy head of the Pres­i­den­tial Ad­min­is­tra­tion; Lenna Koszarny, CEO of Hori­zon Capial; Taras Ku­tovy, Ukraine's agri­cul­ture min­is­ter; Paul Grod, pres­i­dent and CEO of Ro­dan En­ergy So­lu­tions and An­driy Kobolyev, CEO of Naftogaz Ukraine.

Ukraine's Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko speaks with Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau dur­ing their meet­ing on Nov. 29 in Paris. (UNIAN)

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