In Dnipropetrovsk, Victor Yushchenko met with directors and designers of the Pivdenne Design Bureau and Makarov Machine-Building Plant (Yuzhmash). They discussed ways to develop the space industry and build Ukraine’s satellite communication network and then focused on those international projects in which our country is currently involved: Cyclone-4, Sea Start, and Dnieper .

The participants considered possibilities to continue launching joint projects with post-Soviet Russian space enterprises and find new forms and areas of cooperation, allowing both Ukraine and Russia to beneficially use their space potential. They also discussed ways to attract young professionals to work for Pivdenne and Yuzhmash.

Following the meeting, they defined priorities of a National Space Program, which still has to be approved in 2006.

In his speech, the President stressed it was incumbent upon government to support the space industry and reiterated that ministries and state agencies should promote some projects started by Pivdenne and Yuzhmash.

“Government must support international space projects,” he said and added that it was particularly important because the space market is dominated by transnational monopolies.


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