Blinken met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk in Washington
During their meeting, they discussed Ukraine’s reform efforts, U.S. support for Ukraine, prospects for U.S. investment, and of course, the implementation of the Minsk agreements
United States Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed his excitement about the huge potential for American companies to do more business and more investment in Ukraine. He added, that “the extraordinary efforts of the prime minister, of President Poroshenko, to move Ukraine forward on reforms – financial, economic, political – especially in the incredibly challenging environment in which they’re operating, has the admiration of the Administration and the American people”.
“We stand strongly with Ukraine as it meets the significant challenges that it faces, - said Mr. Blinken, - I think we’re making progress in standing with Ukraine in the Minsk process and more broadly standing with Ukraine as it faces the very difficult challenges that it has before it”.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk highlighted that the firs-ever investment summit between Ukraine and the U.S. is a new page in the bilateral relations. “American people stand by the Ukrainian people and we are fighting for freedoms and liberties and we are fighting for the free world together with our American friends. We truly commend the efforts of the U.S. Administration and the White House, the Senate, to support Ukrainian people in our fight for our bright future,” stated Mr. Yatsenyuk.
Spokesman United States Department of State John Kirby welcomed the U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum co-hosted by the Department of Commerce and U.S. Chamber of Commerce and emphasized on the value of this Washington event, saying that it is “an opportunity for high-level government and business leaders from both countries to emphasize our important bilateral commercial relationship, and discuss ways to improve trade and investment opportunities between the U.S. and Ukraine”.
U.S. private sector leaders had an opportunity to discuss efforts to improve the business climate, and Ukraine and Ukrainian Government leaders shared their progress on the implementation of the robust economic reform agenda and expressed their visions for Ukraine’s economy.
Though business negotiations are still ironing out the details, some deals came to light already. US investors have a strong interest in Ukraine, and it gives some confidence. During the forum several arrangements have been announced, "- said Aivaras Abromavičius, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.
According to him, the US private equity fund Horizon Capital has announced about its investment in the largest Ukrainian portal e-commerce “Rozetka.ua”.
In addition, Amazon.com declared about the investment in the construction of the port in Ukraine. According to the Ukrainian minister, at least another three large-scale deals will be announced in the coming days.
Abromavičius said that investors are mostly interested in agriculture, high technologies, including in the defense industry.
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