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  • Yuliia Svyrydenko urges Ukrainian diplomats to intensify dialogue with international companies on working in Ukraine
    Ministry of Economy of Ukraine, posted 04 August 2023 10:09

    The mission of the Government and diplomatic representatives of Ukraine around the world is to strengthen the dialogue with international partners and motivate businesses to join the restoration of Ukraine. In the dialogue with partners, it is critical to emphasise the importance of private businesses, entrepreneurship, infrastructure projects, and production development in Ukraine.

    This was emphasised by Yuliia Svyrydenko, First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister of Economy of Ukraine, during a conference with Ukrainian ambassadors chaired by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Uzhhorod on August 3. The purpose of the event was to discuss how to tell the world about the important factors for Ukraine's economic recovery.

    "Ukraine deserves support for accelerated economic development, including through access to foreign markets. That is why the diplomatic community should encourage partners to invest in our country and facilitate market opening. We have set ourselves an ambitious goal to become a food supplier for 600 million people in the world, a reliable source of green energy in Europe, the largest construction site in Europe, as well as to implement other projects in ten years. For this purpose, we have specific reforms and programmes, as well as development strategies of many international companies," said Yuliia Svyrydenko.

    The First Deputy Prime Minister drew attention to the financial needs of economic development, which are identified in the World Bank's RDNA2 report. Thus, the programme of support for private sector enterprises for this year has a total amount of projects of USS 4,091 million. So far, donors have financed USD 532 million.

    According to her, Ukraine needs grant assistance from governments directly or grant assistance from international financial institutions for the purposes set out in the World Bank report.

    Yuliia Svyrydenko stressed that active diplomatic support was needed in the area of trade, in particular, using the examples of the European Union, Canada, the United Kingdom, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the Pacific Rim Trade Agreement countries. In particular, the interlocutors focused on updating free trade agreements, digital partnerships, and strengthening bilateral economic partnerships.

    A separate topic was humanitarian demining of Ukrainian territories. Currently, 174,000 square kilometres of Ukraine are potentially contaminated with explosive ordnance, meaning that a third of the territory needs non-technical surveys. Ukraine does not have enough resources to quickly clear the land, so it needs the support of international partners with special demining equipment, sapper training and funding.

    It is worth noting that by the end of the year, the Government will adopt a National Mine Action Strategy that will detail steps to return land to use as quickly as possible.