California governor invites Poroshenko to visit state, see economic potential
Governor of California Jerry Brown has invited Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko to visit the U.S. and see the economic potential of California in high-tech and defense industry.
During the meeting with Brown, Poroshenko noted huge potential of Ukraine in information technologies and agriculture. He also expressed interest in cooperation in these promising areas and in attracting investments from California, the president's press service reported on Friday.
"The head of state thanked the governor for his personal role in enhancing the Ukraine-U.S. ties and the implementation of important projects in the area of security, particularly holding trainings in the framework of cooperation between the National Guard of Ukraine and the National Guard of California, as well as the formation of the new patrol police," the press service said.
During the meeting, Poroshenko stressed that California had been the first state to commemorate the Holodomor (Famine) tragedy of 1932-1933 in Ukraine and to open a memorial to millions of Ukrainians killed by the Stalin regime.
California is the world leader in computer industry and high technology. The GDP of the state in 2015 was almost $2.45 billion. Today, it hosts headquarters of the world's largest IT companies, 18 of which are in the Fortune Global 500 ranking and have combined annual revenue of about $350 billion, the Ukrainian president's press service said.