On October 22, 2014, the Ambassador of Ukraine to the U.S. Olexander Motsyk met with members of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council at the Washington Offices of Cargill, the largest agricultural corporation in the world.
The meeting was dedicated to discussing the current situation in Ukraine on the eve of the upcoming parliamentary elections, and the current topics of bilateral trade and economic and investment relations with the U.S.
During the meeting Ambassador Motsyk informed the participants about the situation in eastern Ukraine and preparations for the parliamentary elections. He also addressed the “Reform Strategy – 2020” as presented by the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko as well as the priorities of the Ukrainian Government’s economic policies. The Ambassador thanked our American partners for their support of the Ukrainian people in this difficult time and noted the key role played by the United States in the consolidation efforts involving the international community. The Ambassador also recognized the role of the U.S in providing Ukraine with financial and technical assistance, and curbing Russian aggression against our country.
The President of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, Morgan Williams, moderated the meeting and shared his experiences and the results of his recent trip to Ukraine, including successfully participating in a joint meeting with President Poroshenko, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, and heads of the leading American companies operating in Ukraine.
Macroeconomic forecasts and policy assessments were presented by the first United States Ambassador to Ukraine, Roman Popadyuk, and a well-known expert on Ukrainian economic issues and a senior fellow of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Anders Aslund.
The event was attended by representatives of more than 30 American companies that play a leading role in the Ukrainian market, particularly in creating jobs and paying taxes to the state, including Cargill, DuPont, SC Johnson, John Deere, Boeing, Monsanto, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Philip Morris International and others.
Special attention was focused on the necessary efforts to halt Russian aggression against Ukraine, spur the early recovery of the Ukrainian economy, diversify the country's exports, and increase American investment in Ukraine. Leading American companies have expressed willingness not only to continue implementing their current investment projects, but also to pursue the possibility of expanding cooperation with domestic enterprises, particularly in the areas of energy, agriculture, information technology, aerospace, engineering and defense.