Ukraine hopes to step up trade, economic cooperation with China, says premier
Ukraine hopes to step up its trade and economic cooperation with China, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has said.
"We hope that our mutual relations will continue developing actively as well, but apart from that, we hope to step up cooperation concerning potential investment in Ukraine's economy by Chinese businessmen," she said at a meeting with Chinese delegates in Kyiv on Monday.
Tymoshenko also mentioned that Ukraine was preparing for the finals of the Euro 2012 European Football Championship.
"We also hope to involve Chinese businessmen in all of the infrastructure projects that we're drafting to hold the championship," she said.
Chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Wan Jifei, in turn, said that 2008 had been one of the best periods in the development of trade and economic relations between Ukraine and China.
He said that Chinese businessmen had met with the Ukrainian premier and that they had expressed readiness to develop relations in various spheres.
Jifei also said that around 40 people from 50 Chinese companies representing such areas as engineering, electronics, and light industry, had arrived in Ukraine to attend various business forums and exhibitions.
"We consider today's meeting as one of the most large-scale events in recent years, and we hope to deepen our cooperation," he said.
In the context of hosting Euro 2012 in Ukraine, Jifei said he was ready to share China's experience with Ukraine in hosting the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
"We are ready to share our experience in building stadiums and taking a number of necessary measures linked to the organization of events of such a scale," he said.