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Ambassador Herbst celebrates progress on US-Ukraine WTO bilateral market access agreement

Posted by the Editor on March 7, 2006


News / 7 March 2006 | 18:50

Ambassador Herbst celebrates progress on US-Ukraine WTO bilateral market access agreement

Ambassador Herbst celebrates progress on US-Ukraine WTO bilateral market access agreement

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John E. Herbst welcomed the signature in Washington on March 6 by U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman and Ukrainian Minister of Economy Arseniy Yatsenyuk of a bilateral agreement on market access as part of Ukraine’s World Trade Organization (WTO) accession negotiations, press office of United States Embassy in Ukraine reports.

“This agreement marks significant progress on a number of the top issues on our bilateral trade agenda, as targeted by President Bush and President Yushchenko in the New Century Agenda for the Ukrainian-American Strategic Partnership 2005,” Ambassador Herbst said. “Ukraine’s trade benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) were restored on January 23. Ukraine achieved market-economy status on February 1, which U.S. Deputy Commerce Secretary David Sampson announced February 17 during his visit to Kyiv. The March 6 bilateral agreement paves the way for Ukraine to complete its WTO accession negotiations, which will would open up potentially vast opportunities for local businesses and attract major companies to Ukraine,” Herbst explained. “U.S. producers and exporters will benefit from more open access to Ukraine’s industrial, agricultural, and services markets,” Herbst added.

Ukraine’s WTO accession is a top priority for the U.S. and Ukraine. Membership in the WTO demonstrates a country’s commitment to conducting economic relations under a common rules-based system. U.S. investors will enjoy increased transparency and gain enhanced security in critical service and other industries. WTO accession will help expand Ukraine’s markets, and increase investors’ confidence that Ukraine has met international standards of economic openness and fairness.

As Ukraine takes steps to adopt WTO rules by modernizing and rationalizing laws and regulatory standards for trade, its economy is benefiting. The growth of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Ukraine hit a record high of $7.3 billion in 2005. A reduction of import tariffs in 2005 helped reduce both prices and the incidence of smuggling for a number of consumer goods.

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U.S. welcomes the decision by Ukraine concerning Transdniester

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News / 7 March 2006 | 18:38

U.S. welcomes the decision by Ukraine concerning Transdniester

U.S. welcomes the decision by Ukraine concerning Transdniester

The U.S. welcomes the decision by Ukraine to implement the customs agreement signed December 30, 2005 with Moldova. Implementation of the Customs Protocol is an important step toward secure borders and a lasting resolution of the Transnistria conflict. The U.S. calls on Transnistrian authorities to refrain from taking any actions in response to this decision that would restrict legitimate trade, press office of United States Embassy in Ukraine informed.

The U.S. remains committed to finding a solution to the Transnistria conflict that guarantees Moldova’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and looks forward to resumption of the next round of negotiations April 4-5.

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President meets Lubomir Kopaj

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News / 7 March 2006 | 16:20

President meets Lubomir Kopaj

President meets Lubomir Kopaj

Victor Yushchenko met with Ambassador Lubomir Kopaj, Head of the OSCE Election Observation Mission to Ukraine, President’s press office reported.

They discussed this year’s election campaign and our country’s preparations for the March 26 vote.

The President said Ukraine appreciated the OSCE’s actions made in our country and particularly thanked the mission for observing elections.

The Ambassador opined that the campaign was “quite peaceful.” He said all campaigners enjoyed equal rights to present their programs in the media. Mr.Kopaj added that the Central Election Commission functioned professionally, always holding their sessions openly.

However, Ambassador Kopaj is slightly worried that Ukraine has not managed yet to convene all election commissions but hopes the problem will be resolved. He added that he was “positively impressed” with the active work of the Public Council for Fair Elections which involves NGOs in monitoring the campaign.

The President said the Council was going to publish its first report soon. Yushchenko reminded those present he had recently met with Ukrainian governors and Yaroslav Davydovych, Head of the Central Election Commission, to “make them aware of their responsibility to prepare and conduct the election locally.” The Head of State said the most difficult issues were now solved and reiterated that this would be Ukraine’s first democratic and transparent vote.

Mr. Kopaj said fifty-two long-term observers and sixteen OSCE experts were currently working in Ukraine. He added that they expected a group of short-term observers to arrive on March 26. The ambassador believes therewill be enough people to properly and objectively monitor the vote.

“We work impartially. Our goal is to present a fair and objective picture of any election,” he said.

Mr. Kopaj remarked that the mission “produces recommendations, which will be given after the vote” and said their 2004 recommendations had been passed as Ukrainian legislations. Then the diplomat said he hoped the March 26 vote would help Ukraine strengthen democracy.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk, Foreign Policy Department Head Kostyantyn Tymoshenko and CEC Head Yaroslav Davydovych attended the meeting.

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Yekhanurov challenged Yanukovich to debates

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News / 7 March 2006 | 16:00

Yekhanurov challenged Yanukovich to debates

Yekhanurov challenged Yanukovich to debates

Prime Minister of Ukraine and the first number in “Our Ukraine” bloc’s election list Yuri Yekhanurov calls out former PM and leader of Party of regions Victor Yanukovich to debates, as declared head of information department of the bloc Tetyana Mokridy.

“We have been calling out Yanukovich since the first day of election campaign, and it is nice that his political strategists have finally agreed,” said Morkidy.

According to her words, “March 24 is the most appropriate date, as Yanukovich won’t have any choice to postpone the debates. Either he will come or not.”

HQ of “Our Ukraine” is ready to consider TV channels’ propositions concerning format of debates between Yekhanurov and Yanukovich,” she added.

As a reminder, February 23 Yanukovich expressed his readiness to take part in TV debates with Yekhanurov. March 2 PM declared that he agrees. Today “Inter” TV Channel declares its readiness to give the air for the debates.

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Yekhanurov: There is no problem with Russian in Crimea

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News / 7 March 2006 | 15:19

There is no problem with Russian in Crimea

Yekhanurov: There is no problem with Russian in Crimea

“Crimea is a territory of Ukraine. During my last visit I had an impression that some representatives of local power forgot where they were,” Prime Minister of Ukraine Yuri Yekhanurov said at a press conference in Kyiv. “I wish they understood that Crimea was inseparable part of Ukraine and its economic mechanism”.

“As regards the so-called problem of Russian language, as the deputy head of Chekhov community I may state that there is no problem with Russian in Crimea,” PM stressed. “There is a problem with Ukrainian. I visited many places,” he added.

“I am convinced that all these “problems” with Russian will end on March 27,” Yuri Yekhanurov summed up.

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Yatsenyuk: Agreement with U.S. to double Ukraine’s exports in 2007

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News / 7 March 2006 | 15:00

Agreement with U.S. to double Ukraine's exports in 2007

Yatsenyuk: Agreement with U.S. to double Ukraine’s exports in 2007

Signing the protocol on mutual access to commodities and services markets with the United States will help double Ukraine’s exports in 2007, the Ukrainian Economy Ministry Arseny Yatsenyuk said Tuesday, RIA Novosty reports.

The ministry said Ukraine’s exports to the U.S. will grow 1.5-fold in 2006 and twofold in 2007.

During talks with the U.S., the Ukrainian delegation had managed to defend interests of strategic sectors of the national economy, such as agriculture and metallurgy, the ministry said.

“Ukraine has preserved broad opportunities to support national agriculture producers in the future and ensured the protection of its interests in the sphere of access of American agricultural products to its market,” the ministry said.

It also said the sides had agreed to preserve current customs duties in metallurgy, and created preconditions for reducing administrative regulations, which could boost the development of medium-sized business.

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Yuschehnko: Those who rigged the 2004 election will be punished

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News / 7 March 2006 | 14:45

Those who rigged the 2004 election will be punished

Yuschehnko: Those who rigged the 2004 election will be punished

In an interview with the First National Television Channel, Victor Yushchenko said those who rigged the 2004 election would be punished. The President added that Ukraine’s law enforcement agencies initiated about four thousand criminal cases and about nine hundred people have been already punished. The President, however, said those who organized the fraud should also be found.

Yushchenko assured all that “much evidence has been collected in the so-called server case,” President’s press office reported. 

“A few days ago, this case was brought back to the Security Service and it contains some interesting information,” he said.

“When we speak about the ‘server case,’ it is really important to find out who controlled it in Bankova street and Grushevsky street and what decisions they made to incite the former government and President to rig the vote,” he said.

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Lukashenko invited Yushchenko to Chornobyl conference

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News / 7 March 2006 | 14:27

Lukashenko invited Yushchenko to Chornobyl conference

Lukashenko invited Yushchenko to Chornobyl conference

Presidents of Belarus and Ukraine will meet on the threshold of 20th anniversary of Chornobyl disaster, as reported Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Belarus to Ukraine Valentin Velichko during today’s press conference.

“The date of the meeting is determined, but I wouldn’t like to name it,” said he.

The Ambassador also reported that foreign departments of Belarus and Ukraine are charged with organizing the meeting.

“President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko sent an invitation to President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Yuri Yekhanurov for participation in the international Chornobyl conference,” noted the Ambassador.

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