On April 20, an online meeting was held between the Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine - Trade Representative of Ukraine Taras Kachka with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Europe and Eurasia David De Falco.
During the meeting, the parties discussed a wide range of issues of Ukrainian-American relations in the trade and economic sphere, including: the possibility of liberalizing import duty rates on steel and aluminum for Ukrainian producers on the American market, strengthening the protection of intellectual property rights in Ukraine in the use of licensed software, legislative initiatives to implement localization requirements in the field of public procurement, preparation of a draft bilateral Agreement on trade preferences, etc.
In this context, Taras Kachka stressed the openness of the Ukrainian side to dialogue on all aspects of the problems of bilateral trade relations. The prospects for cooperation in the field of renewable energy and agriculture were also considered.
At the end of the meeting, the parties noted the importance of holding the next Tenth meeting of the Ukrainian-American Council on Trade and Investment in the near future.
In addition, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladislav Krykliy held an online meeting with the American trade representative. The parties discussed the prospects for cooperation in various infrastructure areas, in particular in the field of rail, sea and river transport, as well as in aviation.
During the meeting, Vladislav Krykliy and David de Falco discussed possible cooperation in the implementation of a project to develop high-speed railway traffic in Ukraine, as well as to develop IT systems on the railway. In the field of aviation, the parties agreed on a possible expansion of the geography of flights between Ukraine and the United States after the pandemic.