From September 18 to 20, the Canada-Ukraine trade and investment support project (CUTIS) held the annual meeting of regional trainers who participated in the «How to Export to Canada» training program.
Nearly 30 trainers from regional chambers of commerce and industry, NGOs and leading Ukrainian business schools took part in the event.
Speakers of the program: Ukrainian and Canadian specialists of the CUTIS project, the Conference Board of Canada, the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce, as well as experts invited by the project.
The participants discussed changes and updates in the sphere of international trade between Ukraine and Canada that took place during last year.
The following issues were in the focus of attention:
- recent developments in the Canadian regulatory framework;
- technical barriers in Canada-Ukraine trade relations;
- finding partners in Canada;
- recent trends in five priority for the project sectors of the Canadian economy: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services;
- environmental and gender aspects of international trade development.
Besides, regional trainers were able to improve their knowledge and skills of giving presentations and speeches as part of a one-day oratorical skills training. The secrets of effective cooperation with the media were also analyzed.
Logically, the participants estimated the results of export promotion to Canada in activities of the regional chambers of commerce and business schools. For example, only in the framework of the pilot training 14 seminars were held in regions of Ukraine, attended by 485 representatives of small and medium-sized businesses.
The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) Project is a 5-year (2016-2021) Canadian development assistance initiative designed to lower poverty in Ukraine through increasing exports from Ukraine to Canada and investment from Canada to Ukraine. The project funded by the Canadian Government through the Global Affairs Canada and implemented by the Conference Board of Canada in partnership with the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.