Business Line Making it easy: (from right) Mr Oleksandr Shevchenko, Ambassador of Ukraine in India, addressing a press conference in Hyderabad on Friday. At left is Mr Roman Puriy, Second Secretary. â€” Photo: P.V. Sivakumar and At Right is Dr.B.Divya Sunitha Raj, Indian Representative, Ukrainian State Center of International Education, Ministry of Education, Science, Youth and Sports of Ukraine
The Ukraine Embassy in India is in the process of simplifying and liberalising the visa regime for service travellers from India.
â€śWe have already simplified the process for diplomats and this year we will do it for service travellers,â€ť Mr Oleksandr Shevchenko, Ambassador of Ukraine to India, told media persons on his visit to Hyderabad on Friday.
He said bilateral trade between the two countries had grown ten-fold in the last nine years, to touch $3 billion last year, up 46 per cent. â€śIndications are that trade between the two countries will grow faster in the coming years, with new opportunities of bi-lateral trade,â€ť he said.
He said some new opportunities for Indo-Ukraine trade engagement included in sectors such as higher education, pharmaceuticals, IT, bio-technology and aeronautics. â€śCurrently, over 10,000 students from India, including some 2,000 from Andhra Pradesh, were pursuing higher studies in Ukraine,â€ť he said.
Mr Shevchenko said the two countries will participate in an inter-government dialogue to boost bi-lateral trade in Delhi in April this year, which will be followed by an India Show in September.
Mr Shevko said Ukraine is very promising is cooperation in the field of education, especially preparation of specialists in Medicine, Engineering and aeronautics. More than 2 thousands students from Andhra Pradesh receive higher education in Ukraine and their number is steadily increasing due to active efforts of the Hyderabad-based Indian Representative of Ukrainian State Center for International Education, Ministry of Education, Science, Youth and Sport of Ukraine Dr.B.Divya Sunitha Raj.
Ukraine clocked a GDP growth of 5.2 per cent in 2011, while its agricultural production increased 17.5 per cent. Ukraine is the world's biggest harvester of sunflower and fourth biggest producer of wheat.
On February 20-24, 2012 H.E Oleksandr Shvchenko, Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of India paid a visit to the State of Andhra Pradesh to promote interregional cooperation between Ukraine and India.
During the visit H.E. O. Shevchenko was received by AP Governor H.E. Mr. E.S.L. Narasimhan and Chief Minister H.E Mr.Kiran Kumar Reddy and had a meeting with Opposition leader H.E N. Chandra Babu Naidu, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Higher Education H.E Mr. Damodar Rajanarasimha. Ambassador of Ukraine also met with Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy, Major Industries and Commerce Minister Mrs. Geetha Reddy, Information and Public Relations Minister Mrs. D.K. Aruna, Tourism Minister Mr. V. Vasanth Kumar, Minister for Medical Education Mr. Kondru Murali Mohan, Principal Secretary of Information Technology and Communication Department Mr. Sanju Jaju.
Ambassador of Ukraine visited Hi-Tech City, met with members of AP branch of the Confederation of Industry (CII). He was also welcomed in Hyderabad International Advanced Research Center for Powder Metallurgy and new Materials (ARCI), created with the assistance of Ukrainian Scientists. Ukraine considers India among the most important international partners. Bilateral trade turnover grew almost tenfold in last 9 years. In 2011 it increased by 46,1 % and reached more than $3 bln.
As Ukrainian economy is rapidly growing, prospects of bilateral cooperation are very vibrant. Ukraineâ€™s GDP growth in 2011 Ukraine yielded World biggest harvest of Sunflower and 4th biggest harvest of Wheat. Industrial complex of the country produces all the spectrum of Machinery, including nuclear power equipment, airplanes and Space-Launchers.
During the meeting Ambassador of Ukraine with officials, businessman and Scientists of Andhra Pradesh a number of the most attractive sectors for future cooperation were identified: mining, power generation, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, IT and biotechnologies, alternative energy, culture and Tourism. Very promising is cooperation in the field of education, especially preparation of specialists in Medicine, Engineering and aeronautics. More than 2 thousands students from Andhra Pradesh receive higher education in Ukraine and their number is steadily increasing due to active efforts of the Hyderabad-based Indian Representative of Ukrainian State Center for International Education, Ministry of Education, Science, Youth and Sport of Ukraine Dr.B.Divya Sunitha Raj.
Ukrainian side looks forward to extend mutually beneficial partnership with the State of Andhra Pradesh.
On November 16, 2012 the delegation of Zaporizhzhya Region of Ukraine headed by the Deputy Governor Mr. Petro Goncharuk met with the Governor of Andhra Pradesh H.E. E.S.L.Narasimhan and Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Honorable Sri. N. Kiran Kumar Reddy. The most perspective areas of interregional cooperation were discussed with focus on alternative power development.
During the meetings with the Deputy Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Mr.Damodar Raja Narasimha and AP Minister for Tourism & Culture Mr. Vatti Vasant Kumar the counterparts agreed to send a delegation from Andhra Pradesh to Zaporizhzhya. They also expressed the desire to expand cooperation in the fields of education, culture and tourism.
Ukrainian delegation had business interaction with the leaders and members of AP branch of the Confederation of Indian Industry and signed an agreement and also the same delegation met the Honorable Vice Chancellor of JNTU, Hyderabad and signed an agreement.
On the conclusion of the visit Mr. Petro Goncharuk spoke at the press-conference for local mass-media. The visit was closely covered by Andhra Pradesh press and television.