KYIV (QHA) -

November 28, the Ukrainian-Turkish agribusiness forum was launched in Kiev with the support of the Chamber of Commerce of Ukraine, the Ukrainian club of agrarian business, and the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine. The main theme of the forum is the expansion of opportunities for cooperation in agriculture field between the two friendly states, Ukraine and Turkey.

Turkish delegation consisting of 80 people who arrived in Ukraine to participate in the discussions. It included the Deputy Minister for Food, Agriculture and Livestock of the Republic of Turkey Mehmet Danish, the Head of the Turkish-Ukrainian Business Council Rushen Çetin, Vice-President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey Faik Yavuz, as well as representatives of the Turkish business sector.

According to a QHA correspondent, the Deputy Minister for European Integration of Ukraine Olga Trofimtseva, President of the Ukrainian club of agrarian Alex Lissitsa and Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of Ukraine Gennady Chizhikov welcomed the guests and participants with speeches at the opening ceremony.

Gennady Chizhikov said that today is the most appropriate time for Turkey and Ukraine to collaborate in the business sector, and work shoulder to shoulder.

“Ukraine could produce agro-industrial goods for 200 million people. Turkey has become an example of highly effective agriculture. It is the country to cooperate with and to realize technology sharing. We need to talk about the possibilities of cooperation in the interests of both countries, we have the opportunity to become the world's supermarkets,” he said.

According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, the total turnover of agricultural products in the Ukraine’s foreign trade amounted to $ 13.5 billion over 9 months of 2016.

The growth of agricultural trade volume in Ukraine is attributed to increase of exports and imports to the European Union. The exports volume of agricultural products for the first 9 months of this year has increased by $ 0.1 billion if compared with 2015 and amounted $ 10.5 bln.

The main Ukraine’s markets are three regions: Asia, Africa and the EU.

QHA