On May 11, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine Ihor Petrashko held a video conference with US Trade Representative Katherine Tai.
"Strategic partnership with the United States is crucial for Ukraine. In trade and economic relations, we have clear priorities and a transparent action plan. This includes the removal of barriers to trade in metal products, as well as the intensification of cooperation through the conclusion of a bilateral preferential trade agreement. For both the United States and Ukraine, the agreement would be an effective tool of geoeconomics, ensuring the strengthening of global competition in trade," commented the Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine Ihor Petrashko.
Also during the dialogue, the parties discussed such important issues as the protection of intellectual property rights, development of legislation on public procurement, climate transformation in trade.
A separate topic of conversation was the TOP priority for the whole world - the expected decision on opening public access to the COVID-19 vaccine formula.
"We are ready to engage in an active dialogue and agree on a strategic partnership with American vaccine manufacturers. Meanwhile, we must provide relevant facilities for the production of these vaccines in our country," the Minister stressed.
In conclusion, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai thanked the Minister for the fruitful conversation and assured the constructive dialog would be prolonged.