Ukrainian Week in Lon­don set to pro­mote na­tion from Oct. 8-14

Kyiv Post - - National - JACK LAURENSON

One of Ukraine’s largest busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tions Bri­tish Ukrainian Cham­ber of Com­merce, or BUCC, will hold Ukrainian Week in Lon­don through the sec­ond week of Oc­to­ber to pro­mote busi­ness ties be­tween the two coun­tries.

BUCC has part­nered with the Coun­cil of Bri­tish Cham­bers of Com­merce in Europe (COBCOE) to ar­range the event. From Oct. 8–14, a num­ber of dif­fer­ent venues in cen­tral Lon­don will host sem­i­nars, talks, din­ners and pre­sen­ta­tions that will fo­cus on im­prov­ing Bri­tish-Ukrainian re­la­tions.

The week-long series of events and talks comes at an im­por­tant time for both coun­tries who are re­port­edly ready to start ne­go­ti­at­ing a post-Brexit free trade agree­ment.

The United King­dom has also just reaf­firmed and strength­ened their de­fense com­mit­ments to Ukraine with ex­tra mil­i­tary per­son­nel and re­sources soon be­ing sent to Kyiv.

A num­ber of dif­fer­ent venues in Lon­don plan to host event, in­clud­ing the Euro­pean Bank for Re­con­struc­tion and De­vel­op­ment's Lon­don head­quar­ters and the Savoy Ho­tel.

The events will fo­cus on bi­lat­eral in­ter­ests for the two coun­tries, spe- cif­i­cally se­cu­rity, trade and busi­ness, tourism, art and cul­ture.

The BUCC has a full itin­er­ary of events avail­able on their web­site and are now ac­cept­ing ad­vance reserva- tions for at­ten­dees at:­is­ter.html­­day/ukrainian-week-in-lon­don-2018/reg­is­tra­tion/

One of the week's pri­or­i­ties will be at­tempt­ing to ad­dress any out­dated and mis­in­formed ideas that ex­ist around Ukraine in the minds of Bri­tish busi­ness­peo­ple and in­flu­enc- ers, or­ga­niz­ers have said.

“Ukrainian Week is in­tended to spur much greater in­ter­est by U.K. and other Western banks, in­vest­ment funds and com­pa­nies in Ukraine, and to en­cour­age them to fi­nance busi­ness in, and trade with, Ukraine, by pro­vid­ing an in­formed pic­ture,” said Bate C. Toms, a Kyiv-based lawyer and BUCC pres­i­dent.

Some Lon­don at­ten­dees will be Brexit op­ti­mists and keen on look­ing out­wards for new op­por­tu­ni­ties af­ter the U.K. leaves the Euro­pean trade bloc. They won't be dis­ap­pointed, ac­cord­ing to or­ga­niz­ers.

“There will also be a dis­cus­sion on how af­ter Brexit, the U.K., as one of the world’s largest net im­porters of food, can sig­nif­i­cantly en­hance its pros­per­ity and food se­cu­rity through new trade re­la­tions with Ukraine,” Toms said.

As well as the BUCC and COBCOE, the event is co-or­ga­nized by the Na­tional In­vest­ment Coun­cil of Ukraine, the At­lantic Coun­cil, the Royal United Ser­vices In­sti­tute and the EBRD.

A num­ber of lead­ing Ukrainian com­pa­nies are ex­pected to at­tend the events and the top fi­nan­cial backer for the event is the Lviv-based Soft­serve IT com­pany and bil­lion­aire Ukrainian in­dus­tri­al­ist Yuriy Kosyuk, founder of MHP agro-in­dus­trial hold­ing.

The Union Flag flies from a pole as con­struc­tion cranes stand near sky­scrapers in Lon­don, in­clud­ing the Heron Tower, the build­ing with curved sides com­monly called the ”Gherkin” and the Lead­en­hall Build­ing, the build­ing with sharply an­gled sides, com­monly called the “Cheeseg­rater,” as they are pic­tured be­yond blocks of res­i­den­tial flats and apart­ment blocks on Oct. 21, 2017. (AFP)

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