The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is partnering with fair authorities of other countries and promoting their fairs in India, Economy&Policy reported.
The participation in such fairs from the eastern part of India has been good, said Nazeeb Arif, secretary general, ICC, Kolkata, at an interaction with Oleh E Semenets, ambassador of Ukraine to India.
ICC would assist the industrial fair in Ukraine in getting Indian participation.
Members of ICC would be participating in the 5th China International Consumer Goods Fair to be held in Ningbo in June this year and ICC had promoted it in Kolkata.
With regional co-operation on the rise and improvement in connectivity by air and by road with south-east Asian countries, Ukraine would stand to gain by doing business with the eastern part of India as it was the gateway to India's neighbours to the east and south east.
ICC members rued the decline in mica and jute trade between the two nations, saying that jute exports to Ukraine, which once stood at 125,000 tonnes, had now come down to nil.
Semenets said if Yulia Tymoshenko was re-elected as prime minister of Ukraine, the trade ties could be revived.
ICC would like Ukraine to open up an office in Kolkata to facilitate trade.
Sementes observed that more Indians should be visiting Ukraine and they should be made aware of the country's culture and tourist destinations.
In all, 700 visas were issued to Indian students to go to Ukraine every year.
The number had been stable for the past five years, said Sementes.
Around 4,000 tourists visas were issued to Ukrainians travelling to India last year, but most of them went only to Goa, he said.
Sementes said there was a need to spread awareness about India in Ukraine, even though Indian philosophy and dance forms were very popular in Ukraine.

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