After a 7-year interruption we are resuming the work of the Ukrainian-French Intergovernmental Сommissions. 110 million citizens, 70 million hectares of agricultural land, 160 companies in Ukraine, 5th place for investments – this is what unite Ukraine and France. It is a huge prospect for cooperation and investment attraction. This was stated by Vice Prime Minister/Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko at a joint briefing with Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne following the outcomes of the meeting of the Ukrainian-French Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation.
"Today's meeting gives a green light to a new stage of economic cooperation between our countries. The priority areas encompass strengthening of bilateral trade and investment cooperation, agriculture, infrastructure and transport, energy sector, energy efficiency, involvement of companies in active cooperation in the engineering sector and utilities", Hennadii Zubko stressed.
Within the framework of the 7th meeting of the Ukrainian-French Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation, issues related to the development of cooperation in the IT industry and cyber security were discussed.
"There exists one interesting arrangement - we plan to create a joint meteorological cluster to provide assistance to farmers. The issue at stake is attracting the latest technologies to the processing of meteorological data. This is needed to obtain more accurate weather data, increase the yield of crops and its protection, introduce systematic monitoring of climate change and further modelling", Hennadii Zubko emphasized.
The experience of involving French companies in cooperation in the field of agro-industrial complex is very interesting to Ukraine. "This is especially concerns the development of farms, cooperation in the field of livestock and dairy farming. As well as those issues related to the production and certification of seeds, which will increase the export opportunities of domestic agricultural products", the Vice Prime Minister underscored.
The parties touched upon cooperation in the development and protection of geographical indications, in particular through the European Union technical assistance program "Support to the development of a Geographical Indication System".
Hennadii Zubko thanked the French delegation for constructive dialogue and the cooperation established in many sectors. "Economic cooperation with France is very important for us. And we will be preparing for a business forum to be held in France on December 10. At the forum, Ukraine plans to present prospects and opportunities for both regional development and attraction of investments in the sectoral direction", he underscored.