A five-year story of change: the CUTIS project shares its outcomes

Traditionally, the end of the year is a time to assess annual progress and review results. The CUTIS project has an even more ambitious goal. We want to summarize not only the challenging year 2020, but all five years of the project’s activities in Ukraine.

The best way to do this is by sharing real-life stories that capture the impact CUTIS has had on the people, institutions, organizations, and communities that the project has reached.

CUTIS was designed to support higher sustainable economic growth in Ukraine by increasing exports from Ukraine to Canada and investment from Canada to Ukraine. It focused its efforts on assisting Ukrainian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in particular those led by women and those wishing to improve their environmental performance.

The stories of change were divided into the following five themes:

Improving evidence-based information and analysis to support sound decision making

Improving trade and investment linkages between Ukraine and Canada

Supporting the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA)

Supporting gender equality

Supporting environmental sustainability

We believe that our partner organizations—Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce; Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture; Export Promotion Office; regional chambers of commerce and industry; and UkraineInvest—will continue to strengthen the Canada–Ukraine trade and investment relationship and deliver many more success stories in the years ahead.