Ukraine needs further support and implementation of new projects within the framework of Canadian technical assistance. Among the priority areas of the projects are the continuation of existing programs and the possible launch of new ones in terms of the civil service reform, support of small and medium businesses, health care, and support for internally displaced persons. This was stated by Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze during a meeting with Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister for International Development of Canada in Ottawa.
The Vice Prime Minister expressed gratitude for the technical assistance provided by the Canadian side and briefed interlocutors on future initiatives, successful projects that have already been kicked off and continue to be implemented. Among them, in particular, the creation and training of the National Police of Ukraine, the development of a system of free legal aid, support for local economic development, the contribution both to the development of democracy through the promotion of gender equality and journalistic anti-corruption investigations, and the quality of election monitoring.
A special emphasis in the course of the meeting was placed on a gender equality issue. In June 2017, the Government of Canada announced the launch of a new Feminist International Assistance Policy. It is expected that 80% of Canadian aid will be directed to the implementation of important projects in the field of gender equality by 2021-2022. The new assistance policy will be implemented in six interrelated areas: gender equality and women's empowerment, human dignity; economic growth, protection of the environment and the fight against climate change, inclusive management and peace and security.
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze stressed that gender equality is one of the topmost priorities for the Government and also added that cooperation in the field of gender equality between Ukraine and Canada could be increased in priority, in particular with regard to assistance for internally displaced persons, 58% of which are women, as well as to enhancement of the institutional capacity of the state to ensure gender equality.
According to the Minister of International Development, the assessment and prioritization of Canadian technical assistance across the countries is underway. Marie-Claude Bibeau emphasized that the development of relations between the countries and the support of Ukraine are of utmost importance important for Canada.
The Vice Prime Minister invited Marie-Claude Bibeau to visit Ukraine and see how Canadian technical assistance changes our country for the better.