Canada launches free trade talks with Ukraine

From Alberta Farmer Express:

Canada’s farmers and farm machinery makers are among the expected beneficiaries from the launch of talks toward a free trade agreement (FTA) with Ukraine.

International Trade Minister Stockwell Day and Ukrainian Economics Minister Bohdan Danylyshyn announced the talks Tuesday, saying the two countries will meet in the coming months on "a range of trade and investment issues to facilitate economic relations and fight protectionism."

An FTA with Ukraine could further open markets for Canadian exports ranging from agricultural and seafood products to machinery and pharmaceuticals, the Canadian government said in a release. An agreement "could also help to address non-tariff barriers."

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Minister Day at the Holodomor Memorial Complex, which commemorates victims of the 1932-33 famine.  Conservative MP, James Bezan, introduced Bill C 459 last year – an Act for Canada to establish a Ukrainian Famine and Genocide Memorial Day and to recognize the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33 as genocide.

Minister Day and Ukrainian Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, witness the signing of commercial contracts between Canada’s SNC-Lavalin/West Group Engineering and Ukraine’s UkrAgroLeasing.

Minister Day addresses a Canadian, Ukrainian and international business audience in Kiev Kyiv.

[Thanks to Nash Holos for pointing these out, photos courtesy of the Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway.]

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