Prime Minister of
Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman invited business circles of Australia to enhance
investment activities in Ukraine and expressed interest in increasing trade
turnover between the two countries, which has soared by over 56% as a result of
seven months of the year. The Head of Government of Ukraine said during a
meeting with the President of the Senate of Australia, Stephen Parry, who is
visiting Ukraine for the first time.
geography we are far away, but at this specific historical period we can deepen
our partnership. I wish to assert our striving to enhance our diplomatic and
political ties, as well as to intensify our economic cooperation,” stressed
Volodymyr Groysman, “I believe we should seek mechanisms to collaborate in the
economic sphere, as nowadays we have greater potential in bilateral trade than
gratitude to the government of Australia for their principled position in supporting
sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, the extension of the
sanctions regime against the aggressor country, as well as technical and
financial assistance in solving the problems of internally displaced persons.
certain historical period, we were brought together through a catastrophe. I
speak about the MH-17 tragedy, and we pledge we will do our utmost to bring
those responsible to justice. It is our commitment to ensure the trial
conducted and a verdict passed. And I'm talking about it with a special
feeling, as at the time of the tragedy I headed the commission to investigate
the event," the Head of Government stressed.
In his turn, the
President of the Senate of Australia drew attention to the fact that the people
of Ukraine and Australia, in fact, have much in common. "We care about the
sovereignty of our countries and express our gratitude for the cooperation in
investigating the MH-17 tragedy," said Stephen Parry.
During the talks,
the parties discussed the progress of reforms in Ukraine. "We have
achieved macroeconomic stabilization, almost all sectors of the economy are
showing a growing trend, which means that we are open for foreign
investment," noted Volodymyr Groysman.
that the agenda for reforms is full - from the introduction of changes in the
education system and the completion of a judicial reform to the implementation
of plans in the pension reform, which is expected to be approved by the
Parliament in the coming days.
“We have also
embarked on a course towards energy independence by 2020, it has passed over
600 days since we abandoned importing Russian gas, instead we are increasing
our own production,” the Head of Government informed, “We are developing
alternative energy, hydropower, nuclear power capacities. We are well aware of
transformations badly needed for the the state and we
are advancing to achieve the goal."
commended the efforts of the Government of Ukraine on the path of reforms.
"Your course towards energy efficiency and the development of alternative
and hydropower industry sparked our interest. We are always glad to cooperate
and express readiness to explore new opportunities for trade partnership. We
will prolong work with Ukraine, and our discussions can be productive," the
Australian parliamentarian stressed.