Ukraine and Israel are keen on deepening bipartite economic
cooperation and engage in implementing of one of the priorities which is the
signing of the Agreement on free trade area by the end of the year. Prime
Ministers of the two States Volodymyr Groysman and Benjamin Netanyahu announced
during their joint stakeout.
At the beginning of the bilateral meeting Volodymyr Groysman
stressed on positive trends in the growth of trade turnover between the countries,
facilitated in particular by the revitalization of activity of the Joint Intergovernmental
Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation, as well as by significant
progress in the negotiations on the draft FTA Agreement achieved this year by
the negotiation teams of the two countries.
"I am glad that over the past few months we observe an
increased total turnover and engage in joint work to create a free trade zone
between the countries", said the Head of the Ukrainian Government, expressing
hope that the relevant negotiations will be wound up by the end of 2017. He
also urged the Israeli side to consider the possibility of liberalization of
access to the Israeli market of agricultural products, primarily grain, dairy
products, fish, meat, honey, oil, vegetables and industrial products.
In turn, Benjamin Netanyahu noted that Israel is interested
in the acceleration of negotiations to establish Agreement on free trade area
with Ukraine. "We want to speed up the negotiations on the establishment
of the Free Trade Area Agreement, to develop commerce, trade, tourism, economic
exchanges between our countries", he said.
Volodymyr Groysman informed the Israeli party about the
Government's progress to improve the investment climate in Ukraine, in
particular the establishment of the Investment Promotion Office UkraineInvest that providing support for investment
projects, National Industry Development Committee the activities of which are
aimed at restoring cooperation between industrial enterprises, and the Export
Promotion Office and called on Israeli companies to invest in Ukraine. He also
invited business representatives to participate in the privatization of state-owned
enterprises of Ukraine, which is included into the essential priority agenda for
the Government in 2017.