Ukraine, Azerbaijan discuss ways to bolster trade

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-17 23:17:37|Editor: yan
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KIEV, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky discussed with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev the expansion of bilateral economic and trade cooperation during his official visit to Baku, the Ukrainian president's website reported on Tuesday.

Zelensky underlined the need to increase trade between the two countries and talked about the mutual interest in expanding cooperation in the energy, transport and agriculture sectors.

"Our relationship should move to a new level. We need to increase the turnover and Ukrainian business' presence in Azerbaijan and Azerbaijani business' presence in Ukraine," Zelensky said on Tuesday.

Zelensky also informed his counterpart about the large-scale privatization process that has started in Ukraine, which would open doors to creating large infrastructure concession projects.

"At the beginning of next year, we will create not just a working group, but create a real team who will come on behalf of the President of Azerbaijan to Ukraine and study all the projects, opportunities, enterprises where we can work together," said Zelensky.

The leaders of the two countries also discussed developing their respective tourism sectors to boost economic growth.

Zelensky is paying a two-day official visit to Baku. He also plans to hold a meeting with Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Ali Asadov and attend the Ukrainian-Azerbaijani Business Forum.