Intensification of economic cooperation between Ukraine and Japan starts implementation of the huge potential of two countries, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Andriy Klyuyev said commenting on forecast of Japanese Ambassador to Ukraine Toichi Sakata on significant improvements in the investment and trade fields between two countries, ForUm learned from the press service of the NSDC.
Klyuyev said that this year, the trade turnover between Ukraine and Japan is growing rapidly, and in the first half of the year, it increased two-fold. Moreover, the Ukrainian exports to Japan increased almost five-fold compared with the same period of the last year, the secretary of the NSDC noted.
"Our country continues to search new opportunities for economic development. Ukraine and Japan have friendly relations, and there are no unresolved issues between our countries. I am sure that Kyiv and Tokyo are interested in implementation of the large potential for mutually beneficial cooperation," Klyuyev said.
He noted that in the coming months, a draft memorandum will be agreed between Ukraine and Japan on liberalization, promotion and mutual protection of investments, which has been developed from September of 2011. In his view, this document will give an opportunity to accelerate the expansion of bilateral economic cooperation. Japanese businessmen have already expressed interest in cooperation with Ukrainian partners in the modernization of Ukraine's metallurgical industries based on Japanese technologies, Klyuyev said.
He also stressed that in the near future, Ukraine and Japan will sign memorandums on cooperation in education, science and technology.
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