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Canada-Ukraine business forum as a part of Ukrainian trade mission gathered 100+ business people

On October 30, as a part of the Ukrainian Trade Mission to Canada Ukrainian-Canadian business forum with the participation of Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groisman was held in Toronto.

Representatives of the Ukrainian and Canadian business community, as well as Ukrainian government officials, joined the event. In particular, in addition to the head of the Ukrainian government, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Development and Trade Stepan Kubiv and Deputy Minister, Trade Representative of Ukraine Natalia Mykolska joined the event.

The business forum has gathered more than 100 representatives of Canadian business, interested in establishing trade relations with Ukraine, as well as its investment potential.

“Openness and support of dialogue with the political will to protect and make a successful honest business is my personal investment as the Head of Government,” the Prime Minister of Ukraine emphasized during his speech.

Ukraine PM Groysman's remarks in Toronto

Виступ Прем'єр-міністра України Володимира Гройсмана в Торонті підчас Canada Ukraine Business Forum (30.10.2017) Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support project – CUTIS Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement

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During the forum, representatives of Ukrainian business got an opportunity to establish contacts with potential Canadian partners. In addition, a separate series of B2B-meetings for Ukrainian companies was organized.

The trade mission and business forum were co-organized by the Export Promotion Office, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce, Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project.

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I CAN Export guide on exporting to Canada presented in Kyiv

On October 20, 2017, in Leonardo Business Centre two export guides to Canada were presented:

1) “I CAN EXPORT” step-by-step export guide, developed by the CUTIS project experts;
2) Guide “Public Procurement in Canada: Where to Start”, developed by Export Promotion Office’s GPAinUA project

Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Roman Waschuk, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Trade Representative of Ukraine Natalia Mykolska, representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, CUTIS project and Export Promotion Office experts participated in the event.

“The time of negotiations and theorizing has passed, the time for the practice of the free trade has come,” – the ambassador noted during his introductory speech.

“Canada is distant, but at the same time close market for Ukrainian business because of the opportunities opened,” – the Deputy Minister emphasized, focusing on the prospects of the free trade with Canada for Ukrainian business.

More than 170 representatives of Ukrainian business and expert community joined the event and provided their feedback about the manuals.

Video of the presentation

More photo from the event below.

Download the I CAN Export guide (in Ukrainian) here.

Canada-Ukraine Free Trade has started

On August 1, 2017, the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade agreement entered into force.The document provides duty-free access to the Canadian market for the 98% of Ukrainian products, and also contains a number of provisions that will stimulate economic rapprochement between the two countries.

According to the agreement:

  • Canada eliminates import duties for 98% of Ukrainian exports;
  • Ukrainian business can take part in Canadian government procurement – it’s a market of over $ 16 billion Canadian dollars annually;
  • The process of eliminating non-tariff barriers for export is launched to minimize the difference in conformity assessment, etc .;

Read more about the main components of the agreement in our article “CUFTA in 10 minutes”

Canada Ukraine Free Trade Agreement was signed on July 11, 2016, during the first visit of the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau to Kyiv.  On March 14, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved the bill on ratification of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement. 272 MPs supported the decision. It was signed by the President Poroshenko on April 3. Ukraine officially notified Canada of completing all the ratification procedures at the end of April. Canada sent a note on the completion of all procedures related to the ratification of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement at the end of June.

Ukrainian IT-mission to visit Branham300 Launch in Canada

Ukrainian IT Sector Mission in Canada lead by Natalia Mykolska, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade/Ukraine’s Trade Representative will be visiting Toronto between 29 May and 1 June 2017 .

More than 15  promising IT companies that went through a competitive selection out of more than 50 applicants received an opportunity for the first time to participate in Branham300 Launch Event. This prestigious gathering of the IT and Communications Sector has been held annually in Canada since 1990 and is a discussion platform for directors of the largest companies for opening new markets and finding partners.

Representatives of Ukrainian pioneer companies participating in the Mission will have an opportunity to communicate with three hundred leading managers of Canadian technology companies. Within the framework of the Mission, a series of individual В2В meetings will be traditionally held.

At Branham300 Lanch Event, Ukraine’s IT Sector and its potential will be presented. Thus, the Mission participants will not only be able to present themselves to potential Canadian partners but attract attention to Ukraine’s IT Sector in general.

ІТ Mission’s organizers are: Export Promotion Office in cooperation with CUTIS (Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support). Receiving Party and Canadian Partner: Branham Group, a leading consulting company exclusively focused on the High Technology Sector of Canada.

Video: When will CUFTA come into force?

Canada-Ukraine Free Trade agreement was signed in July 2016 in Kyiv during the first official visit of the Prome Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau. But when will free trade come into force?

Ukrainian Trade Representative Natalia Mykolska talked about the future of CUFTA in a recent Hromadke.TV interview.

The official reminded that ratification processes in Ukrainian and Canadian parliaments are ongoing.

“We are waiting for the ratification in both parliaments. One month after both sides will notify each other on the end of this process, the agreement will come into force”, – Mykolska said.

Trade Representative mentioned that Ukrainian Parliamentary committee on foreign affairs plans to ratify the agreement in the nearest future. Canadian MPs are also willing to ratify the document as soon as possible.

Watch the full interview below:

Source: Громадське Телебачення / Youtube

Summing up the aforementioned and taking into account the legislative procedures in Canada and Ukraine we can expect the end of the ratification processes in February-March. Therefore the free trade may come into force in spring 2017.