Turkey is one of the largest investors in Ukraine, and Turkish business is considering investing in renewable energy, pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries, said Deputy Minister of Trade of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Tuzcu.
“In recent years, we have had a good trade balance of $ 5 billion. USA. Thanks to the signing of the Free Trade Agreement, it could double to $ 10 billion. Turkey is one of the largest investors in Ukraine, and Turkish business sees opportunities for itself in investments in renewable energy, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications. The free trade agreement is not only a guarantee of deepening our economic relations, but also an impetus for the development of the economies of our countries, ”said Mustafa Tuzcu during a regular consultation between the Ukrainian and Turkish delegations within the framework of negotiations on signing a free trade agreement between the countries.
Ukraine's First Vice Prime Minister - Minister of Economy of Ukraine Oleksiy Lyubchenko and Deputy Minister of Economy of Ukraine - Trade Representative of Ukraine Taras Kachka took part in the meeting.
“Now the Government of Ukraine is introducing a number of measures to revive the economy. We also want to reorient our economy - to export not raw materials, but finished products. Once such a policy was implemented with the processing of sunflower seeds and now Ukraine is the leader in the export of sunflower oil in the world ", - said Alexey Lyubchenko.
Also, according to him, industrial parks with all the infrastructure have been created in Ukraine for business development, laws and regulations have been adopted that give the green light for investment, and the main points of economic growth have been identified.
“The most important thing for us is job creation and GDP growth. Ukraine is open for cooperation and investment, so the Ukrainian side will make efforts to finalize the process of signing the Free Trade Agreement with Turkey, ”said the First Vice Prime Minister - Minister of Economy of Ukraine.
Also during the meeting, the participants discussed measures to support the economies during the quarantine period, especially protecting the interests of certain sectors of the economy, reorienting export policy, and the like.
Recall that the Federation of Automobile Manufacturers of Ukraine strongly objected to Free Trade with Turkey, noting that the signing of an agreement on a free trade zone with Turkey would almost completely stop the development of the country's machine-building industry.
“Given the unequal potential of the two countries in the field of automobile manufacturing and sales of their own products, as well as a significant drop in production volumes at domestic automobile manufacturing enterprises, the lack of systematic state support for investors in Ukraine, the growing influence of vehicle imports on the balance of payments of Ukraine as a whole and on the domestic the auto industry in particular, it is necessary to take into account the current economic situation and interests of domestic automakers and abandon the liberalization of the already rather soft conditions for access to the Ukrainian market of motor vehicles of commodity items 8603, 8702, 8703, 8704 according to UKTVED, spare parts and components for them, " Federation.