Minister Oda focuses on economic growth and democracy in Ukraine

April 16, 2012 - During the first part of her visit to Ukraine, the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, focused on Canada's support for a growing economy in a strengthened democracy.

Meeting with Ukraine's political leadership, she discussed the progress of Canada's work ineconomic growth and stressed that a strong democratic environment is needed to see Canada's efforts become sustainable and benefit all of the Ukrainian people over the long term.

"In my meetings with the Prime Minister and his Ministers, they expressed their appreciation for Canada's assistance in Ukraine and invited our continued investment and cooperation in the country," said Minister Oda. "For my part, I underlined the important need for an environment that will allow for open and fair elections, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law for all Ukrainians."

Canada remains concerned by the apparently arbitrary and politically biased nature of judicial proceedings against Ms. Tymoshenko, and other individuals, which undermine the rule of law.

Canada's support for the people of Ukraine focuses on promoting democratic development and stimulating sustainable economic growth, particularly in the agriculture sector. CIDA's economic growth initiatives help to improve the environment for businesses to get started, to expand, and create jobs.

Minister Oda is travelling in Ukraine with a Canadian delegation that includes representatives of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, the League of Ukrainian Canadians, and the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada.

"Our work here in Ukraine rests in restoring the confidence of the people in government and financial institutions and supporting key efforts for an open, free, and democratic parliamentary election this coming October," added Minister Oda.

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