On Tuesday, July
5, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman met with the Secretary General and the heads of
the embassies of the member countries of the GUAM Organization for Democracy
and Economic Development. The
sides coordinated efforts aimed at deepening trade and economic cooperation
between members, discussed practical measures regarding the introduction of a free
trade area between the member states.
Minister emphasized that the countries have great potential both for
multilateral cooperation and development of bilateral relations. In
particular, it is important to pay attention to the use of transport and
Also it is
necessary to reassess the economic and trade opportunities for the member
countries, especially important taking account of the challenges of
"illegal approaches to trade restrictions against Ukraine," Volodymyr Groysman pointed out. He
called for the creation of business platforms within GUAM to exchange views on
investment attraction and economic development.
Minister stressed the need for the introduction of a free trade area between
the GUAM member states. "I
deem it would be extremely useful for us to implement in life an FTA. This
is an extremely important decision to be undertaken as soon as possible,"
Volodymyr Groysman emphasized the importance of strengthening the cooperation
of GUAM with the United States, Japan, Visegrad Group
and Baltic countries. "GUAM
plus format is very appropriate for our joint further cooperation," he
Minister took the initiative to convene a meeting of heads of governments of GUAM
countries in autumn this year in Kyiv, which would be focused on a free trade
zone, enhancing economic cooperation and the possibility of creating
interaction bodies between businesses. "It
is time when we can reinforce our cooperation," he said.
of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Moldova thanked Volodymyr Groysman for his initiative to hold a meeting of the GUAM
Prime Ministers. It
was agreed to start practical work on the preparation and content of this
also discussed issues of bilateral cooperation between the countries, including
the increase of trade turnover and the implementation of joint infrastructure
agreed to resume Ukrainian-Georgian and Ukrainian-Moldovan intergovernmental
commissions on trade and economic cooperation and hold appropriate joint
meetings in September.
The meeting was
attended by GUAM Secretary General of Altai Efendiev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of
Georgia to Ukraine Mikheil Ukleba,
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Moldova to Ukraine
Ruslan Bolbochan and Charge
d'Affaires of Azerbaijan in Ukraine Nazim Aliyev.