Canada’s Minister of International Development visits Ukraine

Canada’s Minister of International Development visits Ukraine

Canada committing up to $50 million annual support

Minister Bibeau with Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman

July 19, 2018. KYIV.The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) welcomes the announcement by the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s Minister of International Development, that Canada is committed to provide “up to $50 million annually in support of socio-economic programs across the country, building a strong and accountable democracy, and contributing to peace and security in Ukraine and the region as a whole.”

Minister Bibeau made the announcement today in Kyiv during her first visit to Ukraine, July 18-23. She is accompanied by Borys Wrzesnewskyj, (MP, Etobicoke-Centre), Chair of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group, and Alexandra Chyczij, First Vice President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress

Minister Bibeau stated, “Canada remains committed to the strengthening of its partnership with Ukraine over the long term. When we invest in women and the most vulnerable and marginalized groups, we give them the same opportunity as everyone else to become agents of change and contribute to building a better and more inclusive Ukraine.”

Minister Bibeau’s delegation meets with Ukrainian civil society leaders in Kyiv

Minister Bibeau announced a call for preliminary proposals for Growth that works for everyone—Inclusive and shared prosperity in Ukraine. ”The $30-million call for preliminary proposals will fund innovative projects to enhance the economic security of rural women, especially those affected by the conflict in the eastern part of the country. The projects will also help to create a more competitive, innovative and sustainable environment for small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as increase employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for women and for vulnerable and marginalized groups.”

To find out more about the call for proposals, please see here: Growth that works for everyone—Inclusive and shared prosperity in Ukraine

 “I am honoured to have been invited to represent the UCC on Minister Bibeau’s visit to Ukraine. The Ukrainian Canadian community will continue to work closely with the Canadian and Ukrainian governments to ensure peace and prosperity for the Ukrainian people,” stated Alexandra Chyczij. “We welcome today’s announcement by Minister Bibeau of additional support for Ukraine’s civil society and economic development, which will assist Ukraine in consolidating democracy, continuing transformative reforms, and strengthening security.”

For the release from the Government of Canada, please see Minister Bibeau announces support to improve economic opportunities for women and the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in Ukraine


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