Another evidence of the parties’ willingness to develop effective cooperation, in President Yanukovych’s opinion, has been the successful work of the Ukrainian-Jordanian Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation. The President reminded that at its last meeting the parties had reached an agreement to further develop cooperation in trade, industry, and agriculture.
The President said the over the last two years Ukraine has made great efforts to improve the economic situation in the country. In 2010-2011, the state’s GDP grew by 9.5%, the volume of industrial production has increased almost 20%, exports and imports have grown a third.
President Yanukovych also drew attention to the fact that Ukraine is in the top five countries of the world by technological capabilities in the aerospace industry. Many countries buy our passenger liners, freight and passenger aircrafts, he said.
Another important sector of Ukraine’s national economy the President called agriculture, which has grown almost 16% in 2010-2011. He also reminded that Ukraine has collected a record grain harvest last year – about 57 million tons. "Experts predict that the capacity of Ukraine’s agricultural sector will continue growing in the medium term," the President stressed.
Among other promising areas of cooperation between Ukraine and Jordan Viktor Yanukovych named metallurgy, high-tech and innovation, exploration of water and energy resources in Jordan, alternative energy technologies.
"We can offer building a solar power plant in Jordan on a turnkey basis and, possibly, wind power farms. In addition, Ukrainian enterprises have considerable experience in the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of energy transportation infrastructure," said Viktor Yanukovych. Therefore, he added, Ukrainian experts could take part in oil and gas pipelines construction in Jordan, as well as building thermal power plants.
For its part, the Ukrainian side is interested in Jordanian partners taking part in large investment projects in Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych said.
In turn, Minister of Industry and Trade of Jordan Sami Gammoh said that today’s Ukrainian-Jordanian Business Forum would surely strengthen trade cooperation between the two countries. "This Business Forum is an opportunity to implement our agreements," he said, adding that such meetings also allow better study of economic situation in the states.
"Given the regional and international processes in the world, we can overcome together all the international challenges on our countries’ agenda, explore new horizons, and prepare the environment necessary to favor business and trade between our countries," the Minister of Industry and Trade said.
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