Ukraine has already made strides in the global economy, but Monday’s first U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum – co-hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AmCham Ukraine, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Commerce – is the “perfect opportunity for American executives to offer specific recommendations about how to enhance the way business is conducted in Ukraine,” said Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.
The forum, held at the U.S. Chamber in Washington, D.C., aims to advance the Ukrainian economy through a series of high-level discussions focused on the prospects for including the country in global value chains and the further development of its market. Senior U.S. government officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, and members of the Ukrainian cabinet of ministers will participate.
“The Obama Administration is committed to supporting and expanding strong economic relations between the U.S. and Ukraine,” Pritzker said. “The first-ever U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum … is an opportunity for our private sector to hear directly from the Ukrainian government about the progress the country has made toward implementing its robust economic reform agenda. It is also a platform for leaders of U.S. firms to discuss additional reforms that are necessary to improve the business and investment climate in Ukraine. I look forward to joining Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and other senior leaders of Ukraine's government in Washington next month.”
Myron Brilliant, Chamber executive vice president and head of international affairs, noted that “free enterprise and private-sector leadership are vital to transforming economies and creating opportunity around the world.”
“Bringing together U.S. and Ukrainian government and business leaders will enable us to learn from the past, identify current economic obstacles and opportunities, and lay the groundwork for future collaboration,” he said. “We look forward to working with our partners to make this event a success and continuing a dialogue that will lead to further economic growth and stability."