The meeting between Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuri Yekhanurov and Canadian International Trade Minister Jim Peterson tackled ways to deepen bilateral commercial and economic cooperation in Kyiv, the Cabinet press service told.

As the Ukrainian Prime Minister told the Canadian International Trade Minister, being accepted to the WTO, Ukraine may initiate negotiations with some members of the organization on concluding bipartite agreements on free trade. Peterson in turns noted that "this fact will sure promote growth of trade turnover between Ukraine and Canada".

According to him, Canada is interested in enhancing cooperation with Ukraine, in particular in aviation, ship building and space areas, transport, energy and agrarian sectors. He confirmed the Canadian Government intention to further render Ukraine technical aid through the Canadian International Development Agency, within the framework of which 21 projects are being realized in Ukraine.

Yekhanurov briefed the guest about the Govt foreign priorities, which are gaining the market economy status and accession to the World Trade Organization. In this context Premier Yekhanurov thanked Canada for its assistance to Ukraine in its WTO drive.

The meeting also dealt with an idea of holding Canada Days in Kyiv, Dnepropetrovsk and Lviv in May 2006, which will be attended by Canadian business execs.


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