President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych met with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, according to the presidential press office.

Welcoming the guest in Kyiv, the President thanked him for promoting relations between Microsoft and Ukraine.

"I want to mention the importance of your company’s activity in Ukraine for development of information technologies and innovative projects in education," Viktor Yanukovych said.

He expressed confidence that modern times are characterized by rapid development of science and technology as well as technological and scientific exchange. "Competitiveness of an economy is determined by the progress in scientific and technological development and the level of high-technology production," Viktor Yanukovych said.

Therefore, he said, the main task for Ukraine is to increase the potential of science as the process of technological modernization of the economy and introduction of innovative technologies in production is dependent on it.

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