Australian Ukrainian relations have been strengthened with the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organizations (AFUO) formally being registered in Ukraine, and the opening an AFUO office at the Ukraine Australia House, AFUO Chairman Stefan Romaniw reported to The Action Ukraine Report today in Kiev.

This move will allow for a more direct presence of Australia’s Ukrainian community in Ukraine. The AFUO and Australian Ukraine House have now embarked on a further program of cooperation.

Planned activities will now incorporate: (1) Business links and development; (2) Education programs; (3) Tourism; and (4) Promotions and assistance with migration programs to Australia.

“This is a new era for links between our two countries. During my three months stay in Ukraine I have endeavored to monitor, examine and learn so as to assist us all in growing closer together. I think we have a model that will progress things somewhat” said Chairman Romaniw.
“We have been strategic rather than emotive and this has set a sound foundation that Governments can build on. We have had very positive discussion with the Australian post in Moscow which has responsibility for Ukraine. Fruitful discussions were also had with the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Ukraine and officials from his department” Mr. Romaniw said

“Ukraine- Australia House is now the official Austrade representative in Ukraine. This is a positive move,“ Mr. Romaniw explained.

“In November this year an exhibition English language courses is being hosted by Austrade in Kiev and being organized by UAH. We continue negotiations regards the Ukraine Business Forum in Australia planned for November 2005 “Mr. Romaniw said

“All these are indicators that relations are growing. They would grow even faster if there was an Australian diplomatic post in Kiev. That will be the topic of discussing with the Australian Government upon my return to Australia next week” Mr. Romaniw said

“It is time to lift the Australian presence in Ukraine as Ukraine becomes strategically more important” Mr. Romaniw told AUR.


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