Azarov calling to increase trade with Canada

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April 13, 2012, 6:01 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov

Ukraine and Canada need to work to increase bilateral trade to make full use of the potential of both countries, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has said. At a meeting with Canada's International Cooperation Minister Beverley Oda, the Ukrainian prime minister said that trade between the two countries grew by 35.8% last year, the government's press service reported.

"This is a good figure. At the same time, the increase was only $500 million," Azarov said.

The trade between Ukraine and Lithuania, for instance, was $1.5 billion, which is three times as much as with Canada, the premier said.

"I believe that we still have to work to do," Azarov said.

He also urged the Canadian business to invest in the Ukrainian economy.
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