The leading Ukrainian airline carrier «Ukraine International Airlines» (UAI) will open a direct flight from Kyiv to Toronto, which will enhance the economic ties between the two states. The relevant arrangements were made during the meeting of Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman with Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne. The interlocutors underlined the intensification of the dialogue between Ukraine and Canada and agreed on the need to maintain the pace and depth of mutual cooperation.
«I am pleased to announce that Kyiv and Ontario will become even closer next summer. The Ukrainian airline UAI opens a regular flight Kyiv-Toronto. This will significantly contribute not only to the strengthening of human relations, but also will open up new opportunities for business development, especially in the context of the entry into force on August 1, 2017 of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA)», claimed Volodymyr Groysman.
The Head of Government also thanked the Canadian side for the organization of the Invictus Games that became a significant military sport event of the year and allowed the team of Ukrainian military veterans to demonstrate outstanding sports achievements. In 2017, Ukraine was first granted the right to take part in the Invictus Games, as a participant of many military exercises, peacekeeping operations under the auspices of the UN in the Balkans, the Middle East and Africa, as well as a country whose soldiers have combat experience in carrying out their tasks in anti-terror operation zones.
«We also highly appreciate the fact that a monument to the Holodomor victims - one of the most terrible tragedies in human history will be opened soon in Toronto», Volodymyr Groysman claimed.
During the negotiations, the sides also touched upon the issue of the implementation of reforms in Ukraine. Volodymyr Groysman stressed that among the top-priority goals for the Government are the reform of the public administration, decentralization, the reform of the state procurement system, the continuation of tax reform, judicial reform, pension, medical, education and state property management, as well as the privatization of state-owned companies.
Moreover, the Prime Minister expressed the hope that Canadian investors, particularly from Ontario, would seize the opportunity and prospects of the Ukrainian market, which is becoming more and more attractive due to the implementation of reforms.