Ukraine will step up cooperation with African countries. This was announced by Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal at a meeting with African journalists in Kyiv on 15 November.
“Today we offer our African partners to work on finding as many points of contact as possible. We sense the willingness of African countries to cooperate more actively with Ukraine,” the Head of Government noted.
In particular, the Prime Minister is convinced that Ukraine is of interest to African states as a powerful educational hub. He also said that Ukrainian IT companies were already operating in some African countries. According to the Head of Government, Ukraine is seeking to extend cooperation to public-private partnerships.
During the meeting, the participants touched upon important current issues, including the involvement of African countries in the implementation of the Ukrainian President’s Peace Formula.
“Ukraine seeks peace. But it should be a just and lasting peace. It is possible only on the basis of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Formula,” the Head of Government noted, recalling that the Formula consisted of 10 points and its main provisions were reflected in the UN General Assembly Resolution “Principles of the Charter of the United Nations underlying a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine”, adopted on 23 February 2023 by 141 votes, including 30 votes from African states.
Denys Shmyhal stressed that the points of the Peace Formula were global in nature and impact, and that food security was its key element. The parties also addressed the work of the alternative Black Sea grain corridor.
“Despite the blockade of the Black Sea ports, Ukraine retains the status of one of the guarantors of global food security. The lives of some 400 million people around the world, including on the African continent, depend on our food exports,” Denys Shmyhal said.
The Prime Minister also noted that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Grain from Ukraine humanitarian initiative was currently underway. Under this initiative, Ukraine has sent 170,000 tonnes of its grain to Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.