Political support for Ukraine, trade development, and investment attraction. These topics were discussed by First Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Economy of Ukraine Yuliia Svyrydenko with President of the Republic of Costa Rica Rodrigo Chaves Robles, Prime Minister of Croatia Andrej Plenković, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade of the Kingdom of Sweden Johan Forssell, and representatives of the world’s largest investment companies at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 19.
At a meeting with the President of Costa Rica, Yuliia Svyrydenko thanked him for his continued support within the UN.
“Every vote of Latin American countries is worth its weight in gold. Costa Rica is also actively helping to promote Ukraine’s position in the region. We talked in detail about the principles of the peace formula proposed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy,” Yuliia Svyrydenko said following the meeting.
With Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, the First Deputy Prime Minister discussed countering russia and assistance in post-war reconstruction. Croatia’s experience in mine clearance, psychological adaptation of veterans and housing reconstruction could be particularly useful for Ukraine.
The meeting with the Foreign Trade Minister of Sweden and HRH Prince Daniel of Sweden was devoted to both bilateral cooperation and the priorities of the Swedish EU Presidency, including the possibilities of Ukraine’s integration into the EU internal market and the extension of autonomous trade measures, i.e., fully duty-free exports to the EU.
According to Yuliia Svyrydenko, after the victory, Ukraine will seek to become a full member of the EU from the security point of view as well. Economic, energy, and trade integration into the EU is the way to our country’s security.
Also, during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Ukraine joined the coalition of trade ministers on climate.
“It includes our friends and partners – EC Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai, UK Secretary of State for International Trade Kemi Badenoch, and about 50 other trade ministers. This coalition will be looking for solutions on how trade could help prevent climate change without applying protectionist policies,” explained Yuliia Svyrydenko.
During a meeting with representatives of private investors, she urged them not to wait for the end of the war but to start business in Ukraine now. Thus, during a conversation with JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Yuliia Svyrydenko expressed interest in deploying funding for Ukraine’s recovery as soon as possible.
“We have identified a group of company and ministry representatives to work on investment projects in Ukraine. We also discussed the same topic in detail with Goldman Sachs, represented by Jared Cohen, a longtime friend of Ukraine,” said Yuliia Svyrydenko.
According to the First Deputy Prime Minister, on the fourth day of the World Economic Forum, the congress center turns into an anthill of people who are already well acquainted with each other.
“During all the official meetings and dozens of small talks on the sidelines, we hear the same thing – sincere interest in Ukraine, admiration for Ukrainian courage, and wishes for a quick victory. We are confident that even after our victory, Ukraine will become an investment Mecca for investors,” summarized Yuliia Svyrydenko.