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Middle East and Africa

The importance of Ukraine's relations with the Middle East is defined by the role and place of this region in the modern system of international political, economic and security co-ordinates.

Mutual aspiration of Ukraine and Middle Eastern countries to promote relations is evidenced from their broad diplomatic presence: Ukraine has its Embassies in Jordan, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, and the Representative Office of Ukraine functions in the Palestinian National Authority. Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the United Arab Emirates have established their Embassies in Kyiv.

Ukraine's interestedness in expanding trade and economic cooperation with the countries of the region is prompted by their relative geographic proximity, strong demand for Ukrainian products (mainly metals and agriculture, chemical industry and mechanical engineering), the possibility of diversification of energy sources, significant investment potential.

Ukraine and countries in the region are also tied by human factor: thousands of Ukrainian nationals live in the Middle East, while thousands of students from Middle Eastern countries study at Ukrainian higher education institutions. Promotion of human contacts is facilitated by steps taken recently by Ukraine to liberalize visa regime for citizens of some countries in the region; in addition, visa regime with Israel was abolished in 2011. Direct flights are established between Ukraine and Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, and the UAE.

Recent events in the Middle East have led to a slowdown in the activity of political contacts and decline in Ukraine's trade with countries in the region (2012 - 5.6 bln.USD, 2013 - 4.1 bln.USD). In 2014 total trade turnover between Ukraine and countries in the region was 5,5 bln.USD and about 90 per cent of the trade is accounted for by the Ukrainian export.

Hopefully, these phenomena are temporary, and the Middle East will continue to be one of the priority areas of mutually beneficial cooperation for Ukraine. Work aimed at removing trade barriers with countries in the region is intended to facilitate such relations. In particular, negotiations are underway on a free trade agreement with Israel; Ukraine has initiated contacts with the General Secretariat of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, etc.

 

Building a large-scale cooperation with Africa is an important direction of Ukraine's foreign policy. The importance of the African continent for Ukraine is conditioned by both political and economic interests that determine its political image and development of the national economy.

In recent years, countries of the continent have greatly increased its political weight in international relations. Today African countries are demonstrating the readiness for further political and economic integration across the continent, as well as are creating the common supranational bodies within the African Union.

We can see an active development trend of regional integration in Africa, in particular the creation of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) as the result of a merger of three regional organizations: the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the East African Community (EAC), and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Regional integration trends are actively growing in the framework of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

From the economic point of view, these countries are an important market for industrial, agricultural, military and industrial goods and services, as well as an important source of industrial and agricultural raw materials, strategic international communications hub.

The African continent with the population more than 1 billion people has demonstrated the stable trend of economic development. Such tendency creates a good influence on further development of bilateral relations between Ukraine and the African countries.

Promotion of cooperation between Ukraine and African countries at this stage is aimed at activation of political dialogue, cooperation in international organizations, as well as seeking new business partners and markets for Ukrainian products.

An important event in Ukraine's relations with the African continent in 2014 was the 15th Summit of the International Organization of the Francophonie (Dakar, Senegal), attended by Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin. It was the first for many years official visit of the Head of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry to Sub-Saharan Africa.

On June 22, 2016 Ukraine has officially obtained the observer status in the African Union.

An important factor of Ukraine's cooperation with Africa is foreign trade. In particular, in 2015 the trade turnover between Ukraine and countries in Africa reached 4.4 bln. USD. Ukrainian exports amounted to 3.8 bln. USD. The trade balance is positive for Ukraine – 3.2 bln.USD.

Ukraine has established eleven Embassies in Africa: in Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Ethiopia, the Republic of Guinea, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, and Tunisia. Network of Honorary Consulates of Ukraine is expanding.

Ukraine is actively involved in UN peacekeeping in five African countries: Côte d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sudan and South Sudan. Professionalism of Ukrainian military pilots in resolving the post electoral crisis in the Côte d'Ivoire was praised by the international community in the end of 2010.

Thousands of students from the African continent are enrolled in higher educational institutions of Ukraine.

People`s Democratic Republic of Algeria

Recognition of Ukraine: December 27, 1991.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: August 20, 1992.

Political relations

High-level dialogue:

July, 1993 – visit of Minister-Delegate for Trade, Ministry of Economy of Algeria Mr. Musa Mokraui to Ukraine.

April, 2008 – visit of Minister of Defence of Ukraine Mr. Yuriy Ekhanurov to Algeria.

March, 2012 – visit of First Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine Mr. Oleksandr Olijnyk to Algeria.

Dialogue between ministries of foreign affairs:

July, 1999 - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. Borys Tarasjuk visited Algeria to take part in the 35th Summit of the Organization of African Unity.

December, 2002 – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. Anatoliy Zlenko visited Algeria.

September, 2015 - meeting between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of both countries on the sidelines of the 70th session of the UN GA.

Algeria abstained from voting on the UN General Assembly resolution “On Territorial Integrity of Ukraine” on March 27, 2014.

Parliamentary cooperation:

May, 2010 – visit of parliamentary delegation headed by First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Mr. Taras Chornovil to Algeria.

Bilateral high-level state bodies:

Ukraine-Algeria Bilateral Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Cooperation (four joint sessions were held in 2012, 2013, 2015 and in March 2016).

Trade and Economic Cooperation

According to data of the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, in 2015 the volume of the trade turnover (including services) between Ukraine and Algeria amounted to 242.9 million USD (trade of goods – 222,7 million; services – 20.2 million). Export of goods to Algeria amounted to 205.6 million USD (97.8% - comparing to 2014). Imports from Algeria amounted to 17 million USD (88% - comparing to 2014). A trade surplus of Ukraine reached 188.5 million USD.

During January - November 2016 export of goods amounted to over 210 million USD (+7.6% comparing to the same period of 2015). Imports amounted to 6.7 million USD (-58.5% - comparing to the same period of 2015). A trade surplus of Ukraine is - 203.3 million USD.

Bilateral agreements

Number of agreements in force: 12.

Key documents: Agreement on Trade Cooperation, Agreement on Military Cooperation.

Ukrainians in Algeria

Up to 300 Ukrainian citizens reside in Algeria.

Diplomatic missions: Embassy of Ukraine in Algeria (since 1999) http://algeria.mfa.gov.ua

Embassy of Algeria in Ukraine (since 1992).

Charge d’Affaires of Ukraine to Algeria – Mr. Andrii Biletskyi (since 2016).

Ambassador of Algeria to Ukraine – H.E. Mr. Hocine Boussouara (since 2015).

Republic of Angola

Recognition of Ukraine: September 30, 1993

Establishment of diplomatic relations: September 30, 1993

Political relations:

Dialogue between Foreign Ministries:

June 24-25, 1999 - visit to Angola of the official delegation of Ukraine at the head of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, which had the status of a Special Envoy of the President of Ukraine.

April 4-5, 2001 - a working visit to Ukraine of the Deputy Minister of Foreign of Angola.

Trade and economic cooperation:

In January-November 2016 the commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and Angola amounted to 12.9 million USD and has been consist of Ukrainian exports.

Ukraine’s export structure: milling and groats industry (74.8%); meat (16.5%).

The commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and Angola in 2015 amounted to 5.9 million USD. Ukrainian exports reached 5.8 million USD.

Cooperation in the sphere of education:

According to the information of the Ministry of Education of Ukraine, currently there are about 80 students from Angola studying in Ukraine.

Key bilateral documents

Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Ukraine and the Republic of Angola;

Memorandum on Cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Angola.

Diplomatic missions: 

The Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Angola, City of Luanda (since 2004).

Kingdom of Bahrain

Recognition of Ukraine: January 5, 1992.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: July 20, 1992.

Political relations:

High-level dialogue:

January 21, 2003 – official visit of the President of Ukraine Mr. Leonid Kuchma to Bahrain.

Inter-parliamentary cooperation

On April 2015 the deputy group for inter-parliamentary relations with Bahrain was created in Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The similar group has been working within the Parliament of Bahrain since May, 2015.

Trade and economic cooperation:

In 2014 the total trade volume between Ukraine and Bahrain reached 1,47 million USD. Ukrainian exports decreased by 81% and amounted to 1,44 million USD, imports of Bahraini production decreased by 99% to 31 thousand USD. The surplus for Ukraine amounted to 1,41 million USD.

Bilateral agreements

Documents in force: 2 (Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, Memorandum on Cooperation Between the Foreign Ministries of Ukraine and the Kingdom of Bahrain).

Ukrainian community

There are around 100 Ukrainian nationals living in the Kingdom of Bahrain. 

Diplomatic Missions:

- Embassy of Ukraine in the United Arab Emirates covers Bahrain - http://uae.mfa.gov.ua

- Embassy of Bahrain in Russia covers Ukraine.

Republic of Benin

Recognition of Ukraine: January 9, 1992.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: April 10, 1992.

Political relations

Ukraine has considered the Republic of Benin as an important and one of the most perspective partners on Africa continent.

Trade and Economic Cooperation:

In January-September 2016 the commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and Benin amounted to 3.6 million USD and has been consist of Ukrainian exports.

The bilateral goods trade turnover in 2015 amounted to 3.4 million USD. The volume of trade has traditionally generated by exports of Ukrainian goods to the Republic of Benin. The amount of import supplies from the Republic of Benin totaled only 4.7 thousand USD.

Export structure: ferrous metal (80.7%), meat and meat products (14.3%), milk and milk products, fertilizers and equipment.

The bilateral trade turnover in 2014 amounted to 14.3 million USD.

Education and Science:

According to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine 1 student from the Republic of Benin is receiving education in Ukraine.

Key bilateral documents

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Ukraine and the Republic of Benin by exchange of notes.

Diplomatic mission of Ukraine: The Embassy of Ukraine in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

http://nigeria.mfa.gov.ua/

Republic of Botswana

Recognition of Ukraine: February 11, 1992.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: March 3, 2004.

Political dialogue

Ukraine considers the Republic of Botswana as an important and perspective partner on

the African continent.

Trade and economic cooperation

According to information of State Statistics Service of Ukraine, in January-November 2016 the commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and the Republic of Botswana amounted to 360 thousand USD. Export from Ukraine to Botswana was 106,2 thousand USD, import – 253,8 thousand USD.

The structure of the Ukrainian export: machines and equipment (96%).

Key import product from Botswana is precious stones (100%).

The bilateral trade turnover in 2015 totaled 24 thousand USD (mainly, import to Ukraine). Export – 2 thousand USD, import –21,7 thousand USD.

In 2014 trade turnover between Ukraine and Botswana was 140 thousand USD. Ukrainian export amounted to 106 thousand USD, import – 34 thousаnd USD.

Education:

In 2016 according to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine 13 students from the Republic of Botswana were receiving education in the higher educational institutions of Ukraine.

Bilateral documents

Joint Declaration on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Ukraine and the Republic of Botswana (New York, March 3, 2004).

Diplomatic mission of Ukraine: Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of South Africa.

http://rsa.mfa.gov.ua/en

Republic of Cameroon

Recognition of Ukraine: June 17, 1992

Establishment of diplomatic relations: October 21, 1993

Political dialogue

September, 2008 – meeting of the Ministers of foreign affairs in the framework of 63rd Session of UN General Assembly.

Trade and economic cooperation

According to State statistics service of Ukraine, in January-September 2016 the commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and Cameroon reached 11,4 million USD. Ukrainian export amounted to 9,6 million USD, and import – 1,8 million USD. Positive trade balance for Ukraine is 7,8 million USD.

The main items of Ukrainian export are ferrous metals (52,5%), vegetables (21,8%), grain (14,5%).

Ukrainian import traditionally consists of tea, coffee (92,3%), wood (6,4%).

In 2015 bilateral trade turnover amounted to 12.7 million USD with 11 million USD of export and 1,7 million USD of import.

Key bilateral documents   

Agreement on the establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Ukraine and the Republic of Cameroon (October 14, 1993).

Scientific and educational cooperation

401 students from Cameroon study in Ukraine in 2015/2016.

Diplomatic representation of Ukraine: Embassy of Ukraine to Algeria.

 http://algeria.mfa.gov.ua/ua

Central African Republic

Establishment of diplomatic relations: June 14, 1995.

Trade and economic cooperation

According to the results of 2015 the total volume of bilateral trade between Ukraine and the Central African Republic increased by 1200% and amounted to 890 000 USD. In 2015 Ukraine exported to the Central African Republic meat and meat substitute products, machinery equipment. There was no import of goods from the Central African Republic in 2015.

Bilateral agreements   

Number of agreements in force: 1.

Agreement between the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the Government of the Central African Republic for air services from 12.25.1965.

There is no Ukrainian minority in Central African Republic.

Diplomatic missions: The Ukrainian Embassy in France attends to the relations between Ukraine and the CAR.

The Embassy of Central African Republic in the Russian Federation currently represents the CAR in diplomatic relations with Ukraine.

Republic of Chad

Recognition of Ukraine: February 20, 1992.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: July 27, 1992.

Political Relations

High-level dialogue:

July 2004 – Minister of Defence of the Republic of Chad Mr. Nadinghar visited Ukraine.

February 20-23, 2006 – Minister of Mines and Energy of the Republic of Chad Mr. Abasallah visited Ukraine.

The Republic of Chad voted in favor of the UN General Assembly resolution “On Territorial Integrity of Ukraine” on March 27, 2014.

Trade and Economic Cooperation

In 2014 the volume of the trade turnover between Ukraine and Chad amounted to 2.36 million USD. A trade surplus of Ukraine reached 2.3 million USD.

Diplomatic Missions: The Ukrainian Embassy in Tunisia currently represents Ukraine in diplomatic relations with Chad  http://tunis.mfa.gov.ua

Embassy of the Republic of Chad in the Russian Federation attends to the relations between Chad and Ukraine.

Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Chad with residence in Tunis (Tunisia) - H.E. Mr. Mykola Nahorny (since 2013).

Honorary Consulate of Ukraine in N’Djamena. Honorary Consul – Mr. Abaker Taher Mussa.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Recognition of Ukraine: April 13, 1999.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: April 13, 1999.

Political dialogue

May, 2000 – unofficial visit to Ukraine of the President of Democratic Republic of Congo Laurent-Désiré Kabila.

April 9-10, 2009 – official visit to Ukraine of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Democratic Republic of Congo M.T. Mwamba.

February 25-26, 2010 – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Democratic Republic of Congo M.T. Mwamba visited Ukraine as a special representative of the President of the DRC at the inauguration of the President of Ukraine.

Trade and economic cooperation

According to information of State statistics service of Ukraine, in January-September 2016 the commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and DRC reached 18,8 million USD with 17,6 million USD of export and 1,2 million USD of import operations. Positive trade balance for Ukraine is 16,4 million USD.

Ukrainian main export items were: different (78,3%), machines (8,7%), meat products (6,7%), aerial vehicles (3%). Import consisted of machines (67,7%).

In 2015 the bilateral commodities trade turnover has considerably grown and reached 15 million USD with 9,2 million USD of Ukrainian export (doubled) and 6,8 million USD of import operations. Positive trade balance for Ukraine is 2,4 million USD.

The volume of trade in 2014 amounted to 4,4 million USD with almost no records in Ukrainian import operations.

Key bilateral documents

Agreement between Ukraine and the Democratic Republic of Congo on the establishment of Ukrainian - Congolese joint commission on comprehensive cooperation.

Protocol on Consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Protocol on Consultations between the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the Ministry of Defense of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Cooperation in the sphere of education

192 students from DRC study in Ukraine during 2015/2016.

Diplomatic mission of Ukraine: Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Belgium.

http://belgium.mfa.gov.ua

Republic of Cote d'Ivoire

Recognition of Ukraine: October 20, 1992.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: October 20, 1992.

Contacts between Ministries of Foreign Affairs:

21-22.02.2013 – visit of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to Cote d'Ivoire.

29.11.2014 – meeting of the Foreign ministers in the framework of 15th Summit of the International Organization of the Francophonie in Dakar, Senegal.

Trade and Economic Cooperation:

In January-June 2016 the commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire amounted to 21.2 million USD. Ukrainian exports reached 7.0 million USD and imports amounted to 14.2 million USD.

The bilateral trade of goods in 2015 amounted to 63.4 million USD. Ukrainian exports increased to 23.8 million USD and imports amounted to 39.6 million USD.

In 2014 the bilateral goods trade turnover reached 102 million USD with 17.3 million USD of Ukrainian export and 84.7 million USD of Ukrainian import. Ukraine had - 67.4 million USD of negative balance in trade with Cote d'Ivoire.

Ukraine’s export structure: ferrous metals (88.5%), oils and fat (5.7%).

Ukraine’s import structure: cocoa and cocoa preparations (91.1%), rubber (7.2%).

Bilateral trade reached 188.6 million USD in 2013 and 204.6 million USD in 2012.

Cooperation in education sphere:

Some 60 students from Cote d'Ivoire study in Ukraine.

Bilateral Documents:

Joint Communique on Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, signed in October 20, 1992.

Diplomatic missions: Embassy of Ukraine in Senegal, http://senegal.mfa.gov.ua/en. Honorary Consulate of Ukraine in Abidjan.

Embassy of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire in Russia, Honorary Consulate of Cote d’Ivoire in Dnipro.

Arab Republic of Egypt

Recognition of Ukraine: January 3, 1992.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: January 25, 1992.

Political relations

High-level dialogue:

1992 – official visit of the President of Ukraine to Egypt.

1997– official visit of the Prime Minister of Ukraine to Egypt.

April 2008 – official visit of the President of Ukraine to Egypt.

November 24-25, 2010 – official visit of the Prime Minister of Ukraine to Egypt.

Dialogue between Ministries of Foreign Affairs:

December 2002 and December 2005 – visits of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to Egypt.

September 2010 – meeting between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of both countries on the sidelines of the 65thsession of the UN GA.

December 6-7, 2010 – official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt to Ukraine.

November 2014 – meeting between Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine P.Klimkin and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt H.Lozoyu on the sidelines of the XV Summit of the International Organization of La Francophonie in Dakar (Senegal).

October 13, 2015 – meeting between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of both countries on the sidelines of the 70th session of the UN GA.

April 18, 2016 – bilateral political consultations between Ukraine and Egypt at deputy foreign ministers’ level (Mr. S.Kyslytsya and Mr. H.Zaki) in Kyiv.

Egypt abstained from voting on the UN General Assembly resolution “On Territorial Integrity of Ukraine” on March 27, 2014.

Bilateral high-level state bodies:

Ukraine-Egypt Bilateral Intergovernmental Commission on Economic and Scientific-technical Cooperation. 6th  joint session was held on November 23-24, 2010 in Cairo.

August 05-06, 2015 – visit of the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine to Egypt.

August 18-20, 2015 – visit of the Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine – Trade Representative of Ukraine to Egypt.

Trade and economic cooperation

According to data of the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, in 2015 the volume of the trade turnover (including services) between Ukraine and Egypt amounted to 2.205 billion USD (trade of goods – 2.135 billion; services – 70 million). Export of goods to Egypt reached 2.080 billion USD (- 27.3% - comparing to 2014). Imports from Egypt reached 55.6 million USD (-31% - comparing to 2014). A trade surplus of Ukraine reached 2.024 billion USD.

During January - November 2016 export of goods amounted to over 2.021 billion USD (+9% comparing to the same period of 2015). Imports amounted to 43.3 million USD (-15.8% - comparing to the same period of 2015). A trade surplus of Ukraine is - 1.977 billion USD.

Bilateral agreements

Number of agreements in force: 29.

Key documents: Agreement on Economic and Scientific-technical Cooperation, Agreement on Promotion and Protection of Investments.

Ukrainians in Egypt

Up to 100 Ukrainian citizens are registered in the Embassy of Ukraine in Cairo. According to unofficial data there are about 4000 Ukrainians reside in Egypt, mainly in Cairo, Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh. During 2016 about 250 000 Ukrainian citizens, mostly tourists, visited Egypt.

Diplomatic missions: Embassy of Ukraine in Egypt (since 1993) http://egypt.mfa.gov.ua

Embassy of Egypt in Ukraine (since 1993).

Ambassador of Ukraine to Egypt – Mr. Hennadii Latii (since 2015).

Ambassador of Egypt to Ukraine – Mr. Hossam Eldeen M. Aly (since 2016).

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Recognition of Ukraine: January 2, 1992.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: April 1, 1993.

Political dialogue

January, 2002  visit of the delegation headed by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to Ethiopia.

December 26, 2016 Political consultations between the Foreign Ministries of Ukraine and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia were held in Addis Ababa.

Trade and economic cooperation  

According to information of State Statistics Service of Ukraine, in January-November 2016 the trade turnover between Ukraine and Ethiopia reached 126,3 million USD. Ukrainian export amounted to 123,4 million USD, and import – 2,9 million USD. Positive trade balance for Ukraine is 120,5 million USD.

Ferrous metals (47,6%) and grain (28,5%) are the leading items of Ukrainian export operations while coffee and tea (82,6%) and plants (16,6%) are key import products from Ethiopia.

Bilateral trade turnover in 2015 reached 139,4 million USD with 138 million USD of export and 1,4 million USD of import. Positive trade balance for Ukraine was 136,6 million USD.

Key bilateral document: The Protocol on establishment of the diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Ethiopia (April 1, 1993).

Ukrainian community: There are about 30 Ukrainians residing in Ethiopia.

Diplomatic mission of Ukraine: Embassy of Ukraine in Ethiopia.

http://ethiopia.mfa.gov.ua

Republic of Equatorial Guinea

Recognition of Ukraine: January 17, 1992

Establishment of diplomatic relations: May 18, 1992

Political dialogue

September 1-4, 2004 – visit to Ukraine of the Minister of foreign affairs, international cooperation and Francophonie of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

September 16-19, 2004 – state visit of the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to Ukraine.

November 30, 2014 – meeting of the Foreign ministers in the framework of 15th Summit of the International Organization of the Francophonie in Dakar, Senegal.

Trade and economic cooperation

According to information of State Statistics Service of Ukraine, in January-September 2016 the commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and Equatorial Guinea reached 369,1 thousand USD, and consisted mainly of the Ukrainian export.

Ukrainian export structure is the following: machines and equipment (38,4%), meat (29,7%), grain products (13,2%).

Bilateral trade turnover in 2015 amounted to 10 million USD, in 2014 – 10,8 million USD.

Key bilateral documents

Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea on trade and economic cooperation.

Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea on promotion and protection of investments.

Agreement between the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea on military cooperation.

Scientific and educational cooperation

30 students from Equatorial Guinea study in Ukraine in 2015/2016.

Diplomatic representation of Ukraine: Embassy of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Spain. http://spain.mfa.gov.ua/ua/ukraine-EG

Republic of Ghana

Recognition of Ukraine: April 22, 1992

Establishment of diplomatic relations: June 17, 1992

Political relations

Ukraine has considered the Republic of Ghana as an important and one of the most perspective partners on Africa continent. In the framework of bilateral dialogue the following contacts are the most important:

September 3, 2002 meeting of the President of Ukraine with the Vice-President of Ghana in the framework of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, South Africa).

May 13, 2008 first round of bilateral political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs at the level of deputy ministers (Accra, Ghana).

November 31, 2014 Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. Pavlo Klimkin met with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana Mr. Kwesi Quartey in the framework of the 15-th Summit of the Francophonie Organization (Dakar, Senegal).

April 17, 2015  Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. Pavlo Klimkin  met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana Mrs. Hannah Tetteh in the framework of the fourth Global Conference on Cyberspace (The Hague, the Kingdom of Netherlands).

Trade and Economic Cooperation:

In January-September 2016 the commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and Ghana amounted to 62.8 million USD. Ukrainian exports reached 16.3 million USD and imports amounted 46.5 million USD.

In 2015 Ghana has become one of the largest trade partners of Ukraine in Sub-Saharian Africa.

The bilateral goods trade turnover in 2015 amounted to 141.6 million USD. The volume of Ukrainian export reached 37.4 million USD. Import of goods from the Republic of Ghana totaled 104.2 million USD.

The structure of the Ukrainian export: ferrous metal (86.5%), fertilizers (9.2%).

Key import products from Ghana: ores (68.5%), cocoa and cocoa products (31.4%).

The bilateral trade turnover in 2014 amounted to 134.2 million USD.

Education and Science:

According to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine 699 students from the Republic of Ghana are receiving education in Ukraine.

Key bilateral documents:

Joint communiqué on establishment of diplomatic relations between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of Ghana.

Memorandum on Cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Ghana.

Diplomatic mission of Ukraine: Embassy of Ukraine in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

http://nigeria.mfa.gov.ua

The Republic of Guinea

Recognition of Ukraine: January 10, 1992

Establishment of diplomatic relations: April 4, 1992

Political dialogue:

June, 1998the President of Republic of Guinea Lansana Conté official visit to Ukraine.

November 30, 2014Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. Pavlo Klimkin  met with the Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Guineans of the Republic of Guinea Mr. François Loncémy Fall in the framework of the 15-th Summit of the Francophonie Organization (Dakar, Senegal).

Trade and economic cooperation:  

In January-June 2016 the commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and the Republic of Guinea amounted to 62.1 million USD. Ukrainian exports reached 2.9 million USD and imports amounted to 59.2 million USD.

According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine bilateral trade of goods in 2015 slightly increased and reached 127.3 million USD with 13.3 million USD of export and 114.0 million USD of import.

The bilateral trade turnover in 2014 amounted to 119.6 million USD. Ukrainian export amounted to 13.5 million USD.  Import amounted to 106.1 million USD.

Ferrous metal (75.9%), locomotives (7.9%) and tobacco (5.7%) are the leading items of Ukrainian export operations while ores, slag and ash (99.9%) are key import products from Republic of Guinea.

Cooperation in education sphere:

Some 90 students from Guinea study in Ukraine.

Key bilateral documents:

Trade Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Republic of Guinea, Protocol on Cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guinea, Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Republic of Guinea on visa – free trips of citizens through diplomatic or service passports, Protocol Agreement on Cooperation in the field of geology and mining between Ukraine and the Republic of Guinea, Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Republic of Guinea on trade – economic, scientific – technical and cultural cooperation.

Diplomatic mission of Ukraine: Embassy of Ukraine in Senegal, http://senegal.mfa.gov.ua/ua/ukraine-guinea/diplomacy

State of Israel

1.Recognition of Ukraine: December 25, 1991.

2.Establishment of diplomatic relations: December 26, 1991.

3.High-level Dialogue

30.11 – 1.12.2011 – state visit of the President of Ukraine to Israel.

14 – 16.2011 – official visit of the Prime Minister of Ukraine to Israel.

22 – 23.12.2015 – state visit of the President of Ukraine to Israel.

27 – 28.09.2016 – state visit of the President of the State of Israel to Ukraine.

29 – 30.09.2016 – working visit of the President of Ukraine to Israel.

23 – 25.11.16 – official visit of the Speaker of the State of Israel to Ukraine.

Dialogue between Ministries of Foreign Affairs

22 – 23.10.2014 - visit of the Minister for foreign affairs of Ukraine to Israel.

11 – 13.02.2015 – visit of the Minister of foreign affairs of the State of Israel to Ukraine.

Inter-parliamentary cooperation

In 1994 the Parliamentary friendship groups “Ukraine-Israel” and “Israel-Ukraine” were established at the parliaments of Ukraine (the Verkhovna Rada) and Israel (Knesset).

High-level bilateral state bodies

Joint Ukrainian-Israeli Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation.

Ukrainian-Israeli Committee for Scientific and Technological Cooperation.

Intergovernmental Ukrainian-Israeli Committee on Military-Technical Cooperation.

4. Trade and Economic Cooperation

According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, as for 9 months of 2016 the total trade turnover has made US $ 637.2 m. and decreased by 10 % compared to the previous year (9 months of 2015 -  US $ 708 m.). Export has made US $ 478.6 m. and decreased by 12.1 %, while import – US $ 158.6 m. and decreased by 2.9%. Positive for Ukraine trade balance was US $ 320 m.

In 2015 the total trade turnover between Ukraine and the State of Israel amounted US $ 930.6 m. and decreased by 13.9 % compared to the previous year (in 2014 - US $1 80.3 m.). Exports amounted US $ 736.1 m. and increased by 2% or US $ 14.5 m., imports amounted US $ 194.5 m. and decreased by 45.8% or US $ 164.2 m. In 2015 positive for Ukraine trade balance was US $ 541.6 m.

As for 9 months of 2016 the trade in goods has made US $ 501.2 m. and decreased by 13.9 % or US $ 80.8 m. compared to the previous year (9 months of 2015 -  US $582 m.). Export has made US $ 356.1 m. and decreased by 18.3 % (9 months of 2015 -  US $ 438 m.), while import – US $ 145.1 m. and increased by 0.7% (9 months of 2015 -  US $ 144 m.). Positive for Ukraine trade balance in goods was US $ 211 m.

The main exports from Ukraine to Israel were: cereals (44.1 %); ferrous metals (26.4 %); food industry by products (9.8 %); oil seeds and oleaginous plants (6.9 %), milling industry products (1.7 %) and electric machines (1.6 %).

Main imports from Israeli to Ukraine were: mineral fuel, oil and products of their refining  (41.4 %); various chemical products (17.4 %); plastics, polymers (7.1 %); goods procured in ports (5.5 %); pharmaceutical products (4.1 %), nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery (2.7 %) and electric machines (1.7 %).

Head of the Ukrainian part of the Joint Ukrainian-Israeli Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation – Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Previous (9th) session of the Joint Commission took place October 5-6, 2016, in Kyiv.

5. Cultural and humanitarian cooperation of Ukraine and Israel

An important prerequisite for the development of cultural and humanitarian cooperation between Ukraine and Israel is a presence in the State of Israel about five hundred thousand community of immigrants from Ukraine, including several tens of thousands of ethnic Ukrainians. Significant role in this process plays the fact that there is more than one hundred thousand Jewish community in Ukraine.

Since October 30, 2012 Ukrainian Cultural Center in the State of Israel has worked in Bat Yam.

There are various cultural and educational events in the Center: concerts, meetings, exhibitions, lectures and so on.

6. Bilateral Agreements

Ukraine and Israel have 45 bilateral agreements in force (as of January 2017).

Key agreements: Agreement on trade and economic cooperation, Agreement regarding mutual assistance in customs matters, Convention for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and on capital, Agreement on visa-free trips of the citizens of Ukraine and Israel, Agreement on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments, Agreement on the temporary employment of Ukrainian workers in specific labor market sectors in the State of Israel.

7. Ukrainian community

Approximately five hundred thousand immigrants from Ukraine have settled in Israel. Most of Ukrainian immigrants arrived in Israel in the 1990s. Among this group there are from thirty thousand (permanently) up to ninety thousand (temporarily) ethnic Ukrainians.

There are several NGOs gathering people from Ukraine in Israel: Israeli association «Ukrainians in Israel», Association of Ukrainian immigrants in Israel, NGO «Israeli friends of Ukraine», Association of friendship and cooperation between peoples of Israel and Ukraine. Israeli volunteers actively work to support Ukraine.

Section of Ukrainian Writers of Israel operates as a part of the Federation of Unions of writers of Israel. They issue Ukrainian literary journals «Vidlunnia» and «Sobornist».

8. Diplomatic mission: Embassy of Ukraine in Israel (since 1992) - http://israel.mfa.gov.ua/en

Republic of Iraq

Recognition of Ukraine:  January 1, 1992.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: December 16, 1992.

Political relations:

High-level dialogue:

November 20-22, 2012 – official visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to Iraq.

Dialogue between Ministries of Foreign Affairs:

May 28, 2012, Baghdad – political consultations between Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Iraq at the level of Deputy Foreign Ministers.

Inter-parliamentary cooperation:

March 15-18, 2012 – an official visit of the delegation of the Committee on Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Council of Representatives (Parliament) of the Republic of Iraq to Ukraine.

The Deputies’ Group of the Verkhovna Rada on the interparliamentary cooperation with the Republic of Iraq was established on 27 February 2015 and since April 2015 the Deputies’ Group on the inter parliamentary cooperation with Ukraine of the Iraqi Parliament was organized.

Bilateral high-level state bodies:

Ukrainian-Iraqi Joint Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation. Ukrainian Cochairman - Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine. The last meeting took place in Bagdad at 2d of December 2012.

Trade and economic cooperation:

In the January – September of 2016 the turn-over between Ukraine and Iraq was 284,9 million USD that equals 72% of the data from the same period of 2015. Ukrainian trade surplus equals 284,9 million USD.

Bilateral Agreements:

The legal framework of Ukrainian-Iraqi relations consists of 11 bilateral documents. Key documents: Agreement on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation; Agreement on Cultural Cooperation.

16 draft documents are under the consideration.

 

 

Diplomatic Missions: 

-  Embassy of Ukraine in Iraq (since 2001) - http://iraq.mfa.gov.ua

 

- Embassy of Iraq in Ukraine (since 2009) - http://www.iraqiembassy.com.ua.

Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

1. Recognition of Ukraine: December 28, 1991.

2. Establishment of diplomatic relations: April 19, 1992.

3. Political relations:

High-level Dialogue

October 12-15, 2008 – visit of delegation of the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau headed by Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein to Ukraine.

June 22, 2011 – an official visit of King of Jordan Abdullah II to Ukraine.

April 16-17, 2012 – an official visit of President of Ukraine to Jordan.

Dialogue between Ministries of Foreign Affairs

February 18-20, 2012 - an official visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. Gryshchenko to Jordan.

Inter-parliamentary cooperation

August 2011 - Parliamentary friendship group of Ukraine in Jordanian parliament was established. The Head of the Group - Deputy of the House of Representatives of National Assembly of Jordan Mr. Dirar Al Daoud.

September 30 – October 4, 2012 – first official visit of Jordanian parliamentary delegation headed by the Speaker of Lower House Mr. A.Doughmi to Ukraine.

High-level bilateral state bodies

Ukrainian-Jordanian Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation. Two joint sessions were held in 2005 and 2012. Co-chairman of the Ukrainian part – Minister of finance.

4. Trade and economic cooperation

According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, the turnover of goods and services between Ukraine and Jordan increased by 25,19% (25,211 million US dollars) in January – September 2016, compared with the same period of 2015 and amounted to 125,268 million US dollars.

Export of goods and services increased by 24,87% (23,449 million US dollars) and amounted to 117,725 million US dollars (94,276 million US dollars in January – September 2015). Ukrainian export based on two main items: ferrous metals (43,1%) and cereals (32,5%)

Import of goods and services increased by 30,47% (1,762 million US dollars) and amounted to 7,543 million US dollars (5,781 million US dollars in January – September 2015). Jordan export traditionally based on pharmaceuticals products.

The balance of goods and services is positive for Ukraine and amounted to 110,182 million US dollars (88,495 million US dollars in January – September 2015).

The main reason – Jordan increased import of Ukrainian grains.

Investment Cooperation

Ukrainian-Jordanian investment cooperation remained stable with a slight increase or reduction. According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, in the first nine months of 2016 Jordan invested in the economy of Ukraine 3,6 million US dollars, namely processing industry - 2,977 million US dollars).

In the first three quarters of 2016 Ukrainian investments are not involved into economy of Jordan.

5. Cultural and humanitarian cooperation

The priority of Ukrainian-Jordanian relations in the humanitarian field is cooperation in education field. To illustrate this point it is sufficient to say that from 1992 onward about 5000 Jordanian citizens received high-school and university diplomas in Ukraine and currently over 3000 students from Jordan study at different Ukrainian universities.

One of the important areas of humanitarian in Ukrainian-Jordanian cooperation is tourism. In February 2006, Jordan visited the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Ukraine I.D.Lihovyi, who signed with the Minister of Tourism of Jordan the Agreement on Cooperation in the field of tourism.

For increasing the number of tourists in the Kingdom Jordan Experience and the Ukraine’s Feerie Travel (Ukraine) signed an agreement on tourism development. Under the agreement weekly charter flights operated from Kiev to Aqaba’s King Hussein International Airport until January 2017, and will be operated from March until November 2017.

6. Scientific cooperation

During last years, the perspective fields in scientific cooperation between Ukraine and Jordan are medical science and health care, information technology and renewable energy.

7. Bilateral Agreements

Ukraine and Jordan have 27 bilateral agreements in force.

Key Agreements: Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation, Agreement on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments, Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital.

8. Ukrainian community:

680 citizens of Ukraine registered in the Ukrainian Embassy in Jordan. According to Jordanian official data, around 1100 Ukrainian women married to Jordanians and living in the Kingdom. The number of citizens of Ukraine in the Kingdom, excluding children is 5 thousand people.

Two Ukrainian cultural center «Ukrainian house in Jordan» and «Vodohrai» (Fountain) were opened in Amman in 2016. The purpose of creation of these institutions is to spread Ukrainian language and culture among the Ukrainian community and the local population.

Diplomatic Missions: Embassy of Ukraine in Jordan (since 2003) http://jordan.mfa.gov.ua/  

Republic of Kenya

Recognition of Ukraine: May 5, 1993

Establishment of diplomatic relations: May 5, 1993

Political relations

Ukraine has considered the Republic of Kenya as an important and valuable partner on African continent, regional leader in the East Africa.

November 30 – December 1, 2016 – first bilateral political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs at the level of deputy ministers, Nairobi, Kenya.

Trade and economic cooperation

In January-November 2016 the commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and Kenya amounted to 32.2 million USD. Ukrainian exports reached 26.5 million USD and imports amounted to 5.7 million USD. The positive trade balance for Ukraine is 20.8 million USD.

Ukraine’s export structure: grains, wheat (71.8%), fertilizers (12.3%) vegetables (10.9%).

Ukraine’s import structure: coffee and tea (88,7%), seeds (3.7%) and tobacco (1%).

Cooperation in the sphere of education

Traditionally, Ukraine remains an attractive higher education platform for students from Kenya and East Africa in general. In 2015 34 Kenyan students obtained visa to study in Ukraine, in 2016 – 14. Currently there more than 100 Kenyan citizens studying in Ukraine.

Key bilateral documents

Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Ukraine and the Republic of Kenya (5 May 1993).

Memorandum of Understanding on Consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya (1 December 2004).

Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of Kenya pursuant to article 83 bis of the Convention on International Civil Aviation concerning the division of roles and responsibilities regarding aviation safety oversight (25 August 2006).

Ukrainian community in Kenya consists of 67 people. However, Kenya is annually visited by around hundred citizens of Ukraine.

Diplomatic mission of Ukraine: The Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Kenya

http://kenya.mfa.gov.ua/en  

State of Kuwait

Recognition of Ukraine: 18 April 1993.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: 18 April 1993.

Political relations:

High-level Dialogue:

January 2003 – visit of the President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma to the State of Kuwait.

December 2013 – visit of the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine to the State of Kuwait in the framework of the Second session of the Ukrainian-Kuwaiti intergovernmental commission on economic, technical and trade cooperation.

The dialogue at the level of foreign offices:

January 2011 – visit of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine K.Gryshchenko to the State of Kuwait.

September 2011 – meeting between the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine K.Gryshchenko and the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Muhammad S.Al-Sabah in the framework of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly.

November 6, 2016 - Ukrainian-Kuwaiti political consultations co-chaired by the Deputy Ministers for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the State of Kuwait.

Inter-parliamentary cooperation:

March 2009 – visit of delegation of the Parliament of Ukraine to Kuwait.

October 2010 – visit of delegation of the National Assembly of the State of Kuwait to Ukraine.

May 2016 – visit of the co-chairmen of the group of interparliamentary cooperation with the State of Kuwait in the Parliament of Ukraine Mr.A.Artemenko and Mr.V.Patskan to Kuwait.

July 2016 - visit of the members of the group of interparliamentary cooperation with Ukraine in the Kuwaiti Parliament to Ukraine.

Existing bilateral high-level bodies:

Ukrainian-Kuwaiti Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Technical and Trade Cooperation. The Second session was held in Kuwait in December 2013.

Trade and economic cooperation:

In January-November of 2016 trade turnover between Ukraine and the State of Kuwait amounted to 15,96 million USD (257% to the volume of the same period in 2015): export - 15,93 million USD, import – 0,036 million USD. The surplus for Ukraine during that period amounted to 15,89 million USD.

Bilateral agreements:

The legal framework of Ukrainian-Kuwaiti relations consists of 12 bilateral documents. The most important of them are: Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the State of Kuwait on cooperation in economic and technical fields (2001); Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the State of Kuwait on cooperation in the sphere of protecting mutual investments (2003); Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the State of Kuwait for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and on capital (2004); Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the State of Kuwait on visa exemption for the nationals holding diplomatic, service or special passports (2014 р.) etc.

10 draft documents are under the consideration.

Ukrainian community:

Nearly 400 citizens of Ukraine temporarily and permanently reside in Kuwait. The Public Union of Ukrainian-Kuwaiti Friendship was created in January 2012. Its members initiate and organize solemn national and cultural events.

Diplomatic missions:

- Embassy of Ukraine in the State of Kuwait - http://kuwait.mfa.gov.ua

- Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Ukraine

Republic of Lebanon

1. Recognition of Ukraine: December 30, 1991.

2. Establishment of diplomatic relations: December 14, 1992.

3. Political relations:

High-level dialogue:

April 22-23, 2002 - official visit of the President of Ukraine Mr. Leonid Kuchma to Lebanon.

July 8-9, 2003 - official visit of the President of Lebanon Mr. Emil Lahud to Ukraine.

December 7-8, 2011- official visit of the Prime Minister of Ukraine to Beirut.

Dialogue between Ministries of Foreign Affairs:

October 17-18, 2010 - official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine                     Mr. Gryshchenko to Beirut.

November 29, 2014 – meeting of the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Mr. Pavlo Klimkin with his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil on the sidelines of the 15th Francophonie Summit (Dakar, Senegal).

Bilateral high-level state bodies:

Ukrainian-Lebanese Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation. Two joint sessions were held in 2010 and 2011.

4. Trade and Economic Cooperation:

Trade and economic cooperation between Ukraine and the Republic of Lebanon for the past five years is characterized by positive dynamics for Ukraine.

Ukraine continues to hold the absolute surplus in bilateral trade, which on average is 99% of total trade.

According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine The dynamics of trade between Ukraine and Lebanon in 2016 (January-November) was 296,7  milllions USD. Ukrainian export 295,8 milllions USD, balance + 295,7.

The general structure of Ukrainian export to Lebanon in 2016 consisted of the following groups: 35-40% - grain, 30-40% - metal, 15-20% - fats and oils of animal or vegetable origin, 5-10% - seeds, 3-4% variety of foods.

Lebanese investment in Ukraine consist of the following positions: "Agriculture, forestry and fishing" - 15.6 mln. USD (61.85%), "real estate" - 5.3 mln. USD (20.9%), "processing industry" - 2.3 mln. USD (8.9%), "wholesale and retail, dining" - 0,89 mln. USD (3.1%).

5. Scientific and educational cooperation

One of the principal lines of bilateral scientific and technical cooperation is establishment of links among universities in Ukraine and Lebanon.

6. Bilateral Agreements:

Number of bilateral agreements in force: 21.

Key Documents: Agreement on the Promotion and Mutual Protection of Investments, Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation, Convention on Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income and Capital.

7. Ukrainian community:

There are around 5 000 Ukrainians living in Lebanon. Most of the Ukrainian citizens in Lebanon are wives of the Lebanese citizens and children from the mixed marriages.

8. Diplomatic missions: Embassy of Ukraine in Lebanon (since 1995): http://lebanon.mfa.gov.ua

Republic of Liberia

Recognition of Ukraine: September 24, 1998.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: September 24, 1998.

Trade and Economic Cooperation:

In January-June 2016 the commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and the Republic of Liberia amounted to 2.7 million USD. Ukrainian exports reached 1.2 million USD and imports amounted to 1.5 million USD.

The commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and Liberia in 2015 amounted to 5.6 million USD.  Ukrainian export was to 5.1 million USD and imports: 0.5 million USD. The positive trade balance for Ukraine was 5 million USD.

In 2014 the trade volume between Ukraine and Senegal reached 3.5 million USD with 2.6 million USD of Ukrainian exports and 0.9 million USD of imports.

Ukraine’s export structure: transport equipment (43.7%), meat (22.6%) and ferrous metals (14.3%). 

Ukraine’s import structure: transport equipment (59.5%) and nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery (16.9%).

Cooperation in education sphere:

Some 20 students from Liberia study in Ukraine.

Key Bilateral Documents

Bilateral Agreements in Force: 2.

Key Documents: Joint Communiqué on Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Ukraine and the Republic of Liberia; Memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Transport of Ukraine and the Bureau of Marine Affairs of the Republic of Liberia on the recognition of diplomas (certificates) of sailors.

Diplomatic Missions: Embassy of Ukraine in Senegal

http://senegal.mfa.gov.ua/en

State of Libya

Recognition of Ukraine: January 3, 1992.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: March 17, 1992.

Political relations      

High-level dialogue:

July 2-7, 2013 – Head of Libya’s Supreme Court Mr. Kamal Dagan visited Ukraine to discuss mutual cooperation in the judicial area.

July 31, 2013 – Vice-Prime-Minister of Ukraine Mr. Kostyantyn Gryshchenko visited Libya to discuss a number of issues on bilateral agenda.

Dialogue between ministries of foreign affairs:

September 25, 2013 – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. Leonid Kozhara met his Libyan counterpart Mr. Mohammed Abdel Aziz at the 68th session of the UN General Assembly.

Libya voted in favour of the UN General Assembly resolution “On Territorial Integrity of Ukraine” on March 27, 2014.

Bilateral high-level state bodies:

Ukraine-Libya Bilateral Inter-Governmental Commission on Cooperation (5 joint sessions were held in 1995, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2010).

Trade and economic cooperation

In 2015 the volume of the trade turnover between Ukraine and Libya amounted to 182.7 million USD (83% - comparing to 2015). A trade surplus of Ukraine reached 222.6 million USD. Traditional structure of Ukrainian export: grains (approximately 85-90%) and black metals (approximately 7-8%).

During January-November of 2016 exports of goods between the two countries amounted to 222.6 million USD (equal to 135% compared to the same period of 2015).

Republic of Madagascar

Recognition of Ukraine: March 04, 1992.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: June 10, 1993.

Political dialogue

Ukraine considers the Republic of Madagascar as a perspective partner on the African continent.

On 20 -27 of November 2016 Mr A.Zayats the Director General of the Middle East and Africa Department paid a visit to the city. Antananarivo in the capacity of the Personal Representative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to attend the meeting of 99th Francophonie Permanent Council and participated in the 32th Ministerial Conference of the International Organization of Francophonie.

Trade and economic cooperation

According to information of State Statistics Service of Ukraine, in January-November 2016 the commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and the Republic of Madagascar amounted to 1,7 million USD (export – 0,5 million USD, import – 1,1 million USD).

The bilateral trade turnover in 2015 totaled 2,1 million USD, including 0,4 million USD of the Ukrainian export and 1,7 million USD of import.

Commodity structure of import – coffee, tea, nickel and nickel products, textile. Ukraine exports, mainly, vegetables.

Education:

In 2016 according to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine 25 students from the Republic of Madagascar were receiving education in the higher educational institutions of Ukraine.

Bilateral documents between two countries are working-out.

Diplomatic mission of Ukraine: Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of South Africa.

http://rsa.mfa.gov.ua/en

Kingdom of Morocco

Recognition of Ukraine: December 30, 1991.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: June 22, 1992.

Political relations

High-level dialogue:

September 2002 – President of Ukraine Mr. Leonid Kuchma met with King of Morocco Mohammed VI on the sidelines of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa.

April 2013 – Minister of Education and Research of Ukraine Mr. Dmytro Tabachnyk visited Morocco.

Dialogue between ministries of foreign affairs:

10 rounds of political consultations at the level of Deputy Foreign Ministers.

July 2007 – Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco Mr. Mohamed Benaissa visited Ukraine.

November 29, 2014 – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. Pavlo Klimkin met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Morocco Mr. Salahuddin Mezouar on the sidelines of the International Organization of La Francophonie (Dakar, Senegal).

Morocco did not take part in the vote on the UN General Assembly resolution “On Territorial Integrity of Ukraine” on March 27, 2014.

Bilateral high-level state bodies:

Ukraine-Morocco Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation. The First Joint Session was held in 2009 in Rabat.

Trade and economic cooperation

According to data of the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, in 2015 trade turnover amounted to 241 million USD. Exports of goods - reached 212.5 million USD (-27% compared to 2014). Imports of goods reached 28.5 million USD. A trade surplus of Ukraine is - 184 million USD.

During January-November 2016 exports of goods amounted to 270 million USD. Export amounted to 240 million USD (123% compared to the same period in 2015) and imports - 30 million USD (113%). A trade surplus of Ukraine is - 210 million USD.

Bilateral agreements

Number of agreements in force: 13.

Key documents: Agreement on the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments, Convention on the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Income Taxes, Agreement on the abolition of the entry visas for holders of diplomatic, service and special passports.

Ukrainians in Morocco

There are over 400 Ukrainians residing in Morocco, mostly from the blended families.

Diplomatic missions: Embassy of Ukraine in Morocco (since 2000)

http://morocco.mfa.gov.ua

Embassy of Morocco in Ukraine (since 2000).

Ambassador of Ukraine to Morocco – H.E. Mr. Yaroslav Koval (since 05.2011).

Ambassador of Morocco to Ukraine – H.E. Mrs. Mina Tounsi (since 03.2013).

Republic of Mozambique

Recognition of Ukraine: March 17, 1992.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: August 19, 1993.

Political dialogue

1999 – meeting between the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mozambique during the 35-th Summit of the Organization of African Unity.

2003 – meeting between the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mozambique in the framework of the 58 session of the UN General Assembly, New York.

Trade and economic cooperation

According to information of State Statistics Service of Ukraine, in January-November 2016 the commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and Mozambique amounted to 12,1 million USD. Ukrainian export reached 2,6 million USD (consisted mainly of grain) and import amounted to 9,5 million USD (tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes).

The commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and Mozambique in 2015 amounted to 30,7 million USD, export – 12,8 million USD, import –17,9 million USD.  

In 2014 turnover between Ukraine and Mozambique totaled 34,6 million USD. Ukrainian export amounted to 20,5 million USD, import – 14,1 million USD.

Education:

In 2016 according to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine 2 students from the Republic Mozambique were receiving education in the higher educational institutions of Ukraine.

Key bilateral documents

-          Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Ukraine and the Republic of Mozambique (19 August 1993).

-          Protocol of the political consultations between Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Mozambique (12 February 2004).

Diplomatic mission of Ukraine: Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of South Africa.

http://rsa.mfa.gov.ua/en

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Recognition of Ukraine: March 11, 1992.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: December 10, 1992.

Political relations

Ukraine has considered the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a key and one of the most perspective partners on Africa continent. In the framework of bilateral dialogue the following contacts are the most important:

September 2000 - meeting of the President of Ukraine with the President of Nigeria during the UN Millennium Summit in New York.

September 2007 - meeting of the President of Ukraine with the President of Nigeria on the sidelines of the 62nd session the UN General Assembly.

November 23-25, 1997 - visit of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to Nigeria; holding of the first round of political consultations between the Foreign Ministries.

May 23-26, 2006 - visit of the State Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria to Ukraine.

September 2-3, 2008 – working visit of the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to Nigeria.

September 27, 2011 - the second round of bilateral political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs at the level of deputy ministers, held in Kyiv.

March 1, 2016 - the meeting of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. Pavlo Klimkin with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama in the framework of the High-Level Segment of the 31-st session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva (Switzerland).

May 25, 2016 - the next round of bilateral political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs at the level of deputy ministers, held in Abuja (Nigeria).

Trade and Economic Cooperation:

In January-September 2016 the commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and Nigeria amounted to 77.3 million USD. Ukrainian export reached 76.7 million USD and import amounted to 613 thousand USD.

The bilateral goods trade turnover in 2015 amounted to 123 million USD, with 120.8 million USD of export operations, and 2.2 million USD of import operations. Traditionally positive balance for Ukraine – 118.5 million USD.

Export structure: ferrous metal (80%). Import structure – cocoa products (63.2%).

The bilateral trade turnover in 2014 amounted to 230.7 million USD, with 223 million USD of export operations, and 7.7 million USD of import operations.

Education:

In 2016 according to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine about 2 thousand students from the Federal Republic of Nigeria are receiving education in the higher educational institutions of Ukraine.

Key bilateral documents

Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Ukraine and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Protocol on Сonsultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1992.

Protocols on Political Consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1997 and 2012).

Memorandum of Understanding between the State Committee for Financial Monitoring of Ukraine and the Commission on Economic and Financial Crimes of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Cooperation on Counteraction to Legalization (Laundering) of Proceeds from Crime and Terrorism Financing, 1997.

Diplomatic mission of Ukraine: Embassy of Ukraine in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

http://nigeria.mfa.gov.ua

Sultanate of Oman

Recognition of Ukraine: 1992.

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations: April 19, 1992.

Political relations:

High-level dialogue:

April 1993 – official visit of Prime Minister of Ukraine Mr. Leonid Kuchma to Sultanate of Oman.

Dialogue between Ministries of Foreign Affairs:

January 2002 – official visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. Anatoliy Zlenko to Oman.

February 2010 – official visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. Petro Poroshenko to Oman.

Trade and economic cooperation

There was a significant increase in bilateral trade during the 11 months of 2016 compared to the same period of 2015. During this period the bilateral trade turnover was $50.3 million dollars, representing more than 200% from the same period in 2015

The Ukrainian exports amounted to $48.7 million dollars (202.1% from the same period in 2015), import - $1,6 million dollars (28.3%). The positive balance for Ukraine amounted to $47.1 million dollars.

Diplomatic Missions: 

- Embassy of Ukraine in Saudi Arabia -http://saudiarabia.mfa.gov.ua

- Embassy of Oman in Russia.

The State of Qatar

Recognition Ukraine: 13 April 1993

Establishment of diplomatic relations: 13 April 1993

Political relations:

High Level Dialogue:

October 2011 - visit of the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad al Thani to Ukraine.

May 2012 - visit of the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov to Qatar.

November 2012 - Visit of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to Qatar.

September 2016 - President of Ukraine Mr. Petro Poroshenko met the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Al Thani on the sidelines of the  71-th session of the UNGA in New York.

The dialogue at the level of foreign ministries:

January 2002 - Official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Anatoliy Zlenko to Qatar.

January 2011 - official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Kostyantyn Gryshchenko to Qatar.

February 2016 - Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr.Pavlo Klimkin met the Foreign Minister of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani during the Munich Security Conference.

Inter-parliamentary Friendship Group:

The Deputy Group in the Parliament of Ukraine on inter-parliamentary relations with the State of Qatar (established on February 27, 2015).

In April, 2015, the first official visit to Doha of the delegation of Ukrainian Parliament MP`s who represent the inter-parliamentary relations group with the State of Qatar took place.

A similar group in the Parliament of Qatar is in the process of creation.

Existing bilateral high-level authorities:

Ukrainian-Qatari Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic and Technical Cooperation (at the stage of formation). Ukrainian-Qatar Business Council between Chambers of Commerce and Industry of both countries (established in June 2014)

Trade and economic cooperation

According to the Government Statistics Agency of Ukraine after 10 months of 2016 total trade in goods between Ukraine and Qatar amounted to 35,2 mln. USD. In comparison to the same period of 2015 the total volume of bilateral trade in goods between Ukraine and the State of Qatar increased by more than 17 mln. USD.

The volume of goods exported from Ukraine to the State of Qatar reached 10,98 mln. USD. At the same time volume of goods imported from Qatar to Ukraine substantially increased and amounted to 24,22 mln.USD.

The trade balance of total bilateral trade during 10 months of 2016 caused a deficit for Ukraine of 13,23 mln. USD.

During 10 months of 2016 the most exported types of goods from Ukraine to the State of Qatar were:

  • agricultural products, grains – 56,3%;
  • base metals and articles of thereof – 31,3%;
  • woods and furniture – 6%.

During 10 month of 2016 the most imported types of goods from Ukraine to Qatar were:

  • polymers, plastics and articles thereof – 41,7%;
  • various chemical products – 57,5%;
  • synthetic or artificial threads – 0,8%;

During 9 months of 2016 in comparison to the same period of 2015 the total volume of bilateral trade of services between Ukraine and State of Qatar increased and amounted to 0,87 mln. USD. The volume of services exported from Ukraine to the State of Qatar increased more than twice to 0,47 mln. USD. The volume of services imported into Ukraine from Qatar almost didn’t changed and amounted to 0,39 mln. USD. The trade balance of bilateral trade in services during this period resulted in surplus for the Ukrainian side of 0,08 mln. USD.

Investment cooperation

As of August 2015, Qatari investments in the Ukrainian economy were recorded in the form of participation of Qatari side in a project of construction of the "Fairmont" hotel in Kiev (in 2010 the sovereign fund of Qatar "QIA" purchased 40% shares of "Fairmont" worth 847 mln. USD).

Receipt of investments from Ukraine to the economy of the State of Qatar, as of May 2015, has not been reported.

Bilateral agreements:

Number of valid agreements: 10

Key documents: Agreement on Economic, Trade and Technical Cooperation (2002), Agreement on Air Transportation (2011), the Agreement on visa-free regime for holders of diplomatic and special passports between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of Qatar (2012).

Ukrainian community

Qatar is a second home for about 1000 Ukrainians. The area where most Ukrainians live is Doha. To meet the spiritual and cultural needs of Ukrainians in Qatar there is a Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem Patriarchate in Doha.

Diplomatic missions:

- Embassy of Ukraine in the State of Qatar (since 2012) -  http://qatar.mfa.gov.ua

- Embassy of the State of Qatar in Ukraine (since 2013)

Republic of Rwanda

Recognition of Ukraine: May 7, 1992

Establishment of diplomatic relations: September 8, 1993

Political relations

Ukraine has considered the Republic of Rwanda as an important valuable partner on African continent.

Trade and economic cooperation

In January-September 2016 the commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and Rwanda amounted to 1.4 million USD. Ukrainian exports reached 1.4 million USD and imports amounted to 13 thousand USD.

In 2015 ukrainian exports has increased by more than three times and reached 1.4 million USD and imports amounted to 57 thousand USD. The positive trade balance for Ukraine was 1.4 million USD.

Bilateral trade in 2014 was 405 thousand USD. Ukrainian exports amounted to 392 thousand USD and import to 10.3 million USD.

Ukraine’s export structure: breadstuffs (91%), sunflower oil (8.5%).

Ukraine’s import structure: coffee and tea (68%).

Cooperation in the sphere of education

Annually about 10 students from Rwanda receive education in Ukraine.

Key bilateral documents

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Ukraine and the Republic of Rwanda by exchange of notes (September 8, 1993).

Diplomatic mission of Ukraine: The Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Kenya.

http://kenya.mfa.gov.ua/en

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Recognition of Ukraine: April 1993.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: April 14, 1993.

Political relations:

High-level dialogue:

April 1993 – official visit of Prime Minister of Ukraine Mr. Leonid Kuchma to Saudi Arabia.

January 2003 – official visit of President of Ukraine Mr. Leonid Kuchma to Saudi Arabia.

October 2011 – official visit of Chairman of Advisory Council (Parliament) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mr. Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh to Ukraine.

January 2015 – working visit of President of Ukraine Mr. Petro Poroshenko to Saudi Arabia.

Dialogue between Ministries of Foreign Affairs:

January 2002 – official visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. Anatoliy Zlenko to Saudi Arabia.

December 2011 – official visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. Kostyantyn Gryshchenko to Saudi Arabia.

22-24 May 2016 - an official visit of the parliamentary group on inter-parliamentary relations with Saudi Arabia from the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, which took part in the meeting with the parliamentary group of Saudi-Ukrainian friendship and held meetings with the Minister of Transport KSA - Chairman of the Intergovernmental Ukrainian-Saudi Saudi Commission on trade and economic cooperation, with the vice president of Saudi Development Fund, as well as with the heads of Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Inter-parliamentary cooperation:

Inter-parliamentary friendship group «Ukraine-Saudi Arabia» and «Saudi Arabia-Ukraine» started its activities in 1996. In May 2012 Saudi inter-parliamentary friendship group headed by its deputy chairman visited Ukraine.

On April 15, 2015, the Ukrainian inter-parliamentary relations group with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was created in the Parliament of Ukraine of 7th convocation.

Bilateral high-level state bodies:

Intergovernmental Ukrainian-Saudi Commission for Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation. As of now four sessions of the Commission were held (2004, 2006, 2008, 2011).

Trade and economic cooperation

There was the falling of the bilateral trade volumes during the 11 months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.

The bilateral trade turnover in this period was $664.8 million dollars accounting for 84.5% from the same period in 2015 The Ukrainian exports amounted to $542.3 million dollars (74.1% from the same period in 2015), import - $122.5 million dollars (94.9%). Positive balance for Ukraine amounted to $419.8 million dollars.

Ukrainian exports continued to consist mainly of cereals and ferrous metals - namely barley, wheat, crude sunflower oil, as well as rolled non-alloy steel, semi-finished products of iron and non-alloy steel, ferroalloys and more. In addition, Ukraine has exported to KSA fats and oils of animal and vegetable products, milk and dairy products, poultry eggs, natural honey. In 2016 Ukraine was first put to the KSA frozen chicken.

The basis of imports from KSA to Ukraine amounted polymers, plastics and organic chemicals.

Investment cooperation

The volume of Saudi investments into the economy of Ukraine is over $300 million dollars.

Bilateral agreements

Bilateral agreements in force: 8.

Ukrainian community

There are up to 600 Ukrainian nationals currently living in Saudi Arabia.

Diplomatic Missions: 

- Embassy of Ukraine in Saudi Arabia (since 1996) - http://saudiarabia.mfa.gov.ua

- Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Ukraine (since 2009).

Republic of Senegal

Recognition of Ukraine: June 2, 1992.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: November 25, 1992.

Contacts between Ministries of Foreign Affairs:

27.09.2010 – meeting of the foreign ministers in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session.

14-17.06.2011 – official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Senegal to Ukraine.

23.02.2013 – visit of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to Senegal.

30.11.2014 – meeting of the foreign ministers within the framework of 15th Summit of the International Organization of the Francophonie in Dakar, Senegal.

07.11.2016 – meeting of the foreign ministers on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly Session.

Trade and Economic Cooperation:

In January-November 2016 the commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and the Republic of Senegal amounted to 60,68 million USD. Ukrainian exports reached 60,04 million USD and imports amounted to 0,64 million USD. The positive trade balance for Ukraine is 59,4 million USD.

The commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and the Republic of Senegal in 2015 amounted to 53,3 million USD with 53,2 million USD of export and 159 thousand USD of import operations.

Ukraine’s export structure: ferrous metals (77,3%), fertilizers (12%), grain crops (9,1%).

Ukraine’s import structure: fish and shellfish (52,8%), remains and waste products of the food industry (29,5%), ores, slag and cinders (11,8%), vegetables (5,9%).

Cooperation in education sphere:

Annually Nearly 20 students from Senegal study in Ukraine.

Bilateral Agreements

Bilateral Agreements in Force: 3.

Key Documents: Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Civil and Criminal Matters, Agreement on Extradition, Agreement on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons.

Diplomatic Missions: Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Senegal, City of Dakar  (since 2012), http://senegal.mfa.gov.ua/en.

Republic of South Africa

Recognition of Ukraine: February 14, 1992.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: March 16, 1992.

Political dialogue

November 1998 – official visit of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to the Republic of South Africa.

June 2002 – visit of the President of Ukraine to the South Africa, Cape Town, participation in the Earth Summit.

September 2000 – visit of the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa to Ukraine.

September 2002 – meeting between the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Africa.

April 2011 – meeting between the Prime Minister of Ukraine and the President of the South Africa in China within the framework of the Summit of BRICS.

Trade and economic cooperation

According to information of State Statistics Service of Ukraine, in January-November 2016 the trade turnover between Ukraine and the Republic of South Africa amounted to 147,6 million USD. Ukrainian export reached 43,8 million USD and import amounted to 103,8 million USD.

The structure of the Ukrainian export: grain (60,9%), vehicles (21,9%), vegetables (5,6%), sugar and confectionery (3,3%), grain products (1,7%).

Key import products from South Africa: mineral fuel, oil and refining products (41,7%), ores, slag and ash (29,4%), fruits and nuts (8,2%).

The commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and the Republic of South Africa in 2015 amounted to 205,5 million USD. Export – 54,4 million USD, import –151,1 million USD.

Bilateral documents

Key bilateral documents are: Agreement on the establishment of diplomatic and consular relations between Ukraine and the Republic of South Africa; Trade Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Republic of South Africa; Convention for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and capital; Agreement on military and technical cooperation; Agreement on science and technological cooperation.

Ukrainian community: There are about 1 000 Ukrainians residing in the South Africa.   

Diplomatic mission of Ukraine: Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of South Africa (http://rsa.mfa.gov.ua/en).

Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Ukraine, Honorary Consulate of the Republic of South Africa in Odesa.

Syrian Arab Republic

1. Recognition of Ukraine: December 28, 1991.

2. Establishment of diplomatic relations: March 31, 1992.

3. Political relations:

High-level dialogue:

April 20-22, 2002 - official visit of the President of Ukraine to Syria.

December 2-3, 2010 – official visit of the President of Syria to Ukraine.

February 16-17, 2011 – working visit of the Ukrainian delegation headed by the First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine.

Dialogue between Ministries of Foreign Affairs:

1996, 2004, 2007 – visits of the Deputy Foreign Ministers of Ukraine to Syria.

August 24-26, 2010 – visit of the Foreign Minister of Syria to Ukraine.

June 9, 2011 – visit of the deputy Foreign Minister of Syria to Ukraine.

2011, 2012 – meetings of Foreign Ministers of Ukraine and Syria in the framework of the UN GA in New-York.

Inter-parliamentary cooperation

2004 – visit of the Syrian Parliamentary delegation to Ukraine.

2007 – visit of the Head of the Syrian Parliament to Ukraine.

March 3-7, 2012 – visit of the Ukrainian Parliamentary delegation to Syria.

Existing bilateral high-level bodies

Intergovernmental Ukrainian-Syrian commission on trade, economic and technical cooperation – none.

4. Trade and economic cooperation

According to data of the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, the volume of trade turnover of goods and services between Ukraine and Syria in 2014 amounted to 174,7 million USD. Balance of goods and services is positive for Ukraine (157,8 million USD). Ukrainian export to Syria (goods) amounted to 162 million USD, Ukrainian import from Syria (goods) amounted to 8,2 million USD.

In the first six months of 2015 total trade turnover with Syria is amounted to 59,6 mln.USD. Ukrainian export to Syria (goods) amounted to 54,6 million USD (63,3 comparing with the same period of 2014) and import to Ukraine to 3,7 million USD (162,1% comparing with the same period of 2014).

5. Legal framework of bilateral relations:

Bilateral agreements in force: 48.

Key documents: Treaty on Legal Relations and Mutual Legal Assistance in Civil and Criminal Matters, Consular Convention.

6. Ukrainian community

Due to the worsening of security situation since March 2011 a significant number of Ukrainians has left in Syria. Those who did not have such a possibility were evacuated by the Ukrainian authorities.

7. Diplomatic missions: Embassy of Ukraine in Syria (since February 2000) http://syria.mfa.gov.ua

United Republic of Tanzania

Recognition of Ukraine: June 8, 1992

Establishment of diplomatic relations: July 8, 1992

Political relations

Ukraine has considered the United Republic of Tanzania as an important valuable partner on African continent.

Trade and economic cooperation

In January-September 2016 the commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and Tanzania amounted to 9.6 million USD. Ukrainian exports reached 2.0 million USD and imports amounted to 7.6 million USD.

The commodities trade turnover between Ukraine and Tanzania in 2015 has increased considerably and totaled to 25.1 million USD. Ukrainian exports has increased about twice and reached 13.8 million USD and imports amounted to 11.3 million USD. The positive trade balance for Ukraine was to 2.5 million USD.

Bilateral trade in 2014 was 17.6 million USD. Ukrainian exports amounted to 7.3 million USD and import to 10.3 million USD. In 2013 bilateral trade amounted to 29 million USD.

Ukraine’s export structure: fertilizers (75%), ferrous metals (11%).

Ukraine’s import structure: tobacco (95%), coffee and tea (3%).

Cooperation in the sphere of education

More than 100 students from Tanzania annually receive education in Ukraine.

Key bilateral documents

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Ukraine and the United Republic of Tanzania by exchange of notes (April 14, 1992).

Diplomatic mission of Ukraine: The Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Kenya.

http://kenya.mfa.gov.ua/en

Republic of Tunisia

Recognition of Ukraine: December 25, 1991.

Establishment of diplomatic relations: June 24, 1992.

Political relations

High-level dialogue:

December 6-8, 1993 – official visit of the President of Ukraine Mr. Leonid Kravchuk to the Republic of Tunisia.

Dialogue between ministries of foreign affairs:

4 rounds of political consultations on the level of Deputy Foreign Ministers.  

September 28, 2010 – meeting between Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. Gryshchenko and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia Mr. Morzhan on the sidelines of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

November 29, 2014 – meeting between Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. Klimkin and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia Mr. Hamdi on the sidelines of the 15th Summit of the International Organization of La Francophonie in Dakar, Senegal.

Tunisia voted in favor of the UN General Assembly resolution “On Territorial Integrity of Ukraine” on March 27, 2014.

High-level bilateral state bodies:

Intergovernmental Ukraine-Tunisia Commission on Trade and Economic and Technical cooperation (established in June 19, 2008 in Kyiv).

Trade and economic cooperation

In 2015 trade turnover between Ukraine and Tunisia reached 345 million USD. Ukraine exported to Tunisia goods on 333.5 million USD, which is 1.3% more compared to 2014. Ukraine imported goods from Tunisia on 8.5 million USD, which is 24 % less than in 2013. A trade surplus of Ukraine is – 325 million USD.

In January-December of 2015 exports of goods amounted to 199.2 million USD (68% of the amount of the same period of 2015). Import is 13.2 million USD (+64%). A trade surplus of Ukraine is – 186 million USD.

Bilateral agreements:

Number of agreements in force:15.

Key documents: Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation, Agreement on Scientific and Technical Cooperation.

Investment cooperation

A branch of Ukrainian company “YNG Exploration” has been operating in Tunisia since 2013. This company signed with Tunisian company “ЕТАР” an agreement on production and distribution of produce extracted in Araifa oil and gas area (south of Tunisia). Initial coast of the project is 21 million USD.

In December 2014 truck manufacturer PJSC "KrAZ" opened an office in Tunisia.

Ukrainians in Tunisia

There are 420 Ukrainian citizens registered in the Embassy of Ukraine in Tunisia. In 2014 Embassy of Ukraine in Tunisia opened Saturday Ukrainian language learning courses for children of the Ukrainian community in Tunisia.

Diplomatic missions: Embassy of Ukraine in Tunisia (since 1996) http://tunis.mfa.gov.ua

Embassy of Tunisia in the Republic of Poland (covers Ukraine).

Ambassador of Ukraine to Tunisia – H.E. Mr. Mykola Nahorny (since 2015).

United Arab Emirates

Recognition of Ukraine: January 2, 1992

Establishment of diplomatic relations: October 15, 1992.

Political relations:

High-level Dialogue:

January 21-23, 2003 - visit of the President of Ukraine Mr. Leonid Kuchma to the UAE.

November 16-17, 2009 - visit of the President of Ukraine Mr. Viktor Yushchenko to the UAE.

November 25-27, 2012 - visit of the President of Ukraine Mr. Viktor Yanukovitch to the UAE.

February 23-24, 2015 - visit of the President of Ukraine Mr. Petro Poroshenko to the UAE

Dialogue between Ministries of Foreign Affairs:

November 2004 - visit of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr.  Kostyantyn Gryshchenko to the UAE.

December 2009 - visit of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. Petro Poroshenko to the UAE.

May 2011 - official visit of the Foreign Minister of the UAE Mr. Al Nahyan to Ukraine.

October 2012 - visit of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. Kostyantyn Gryshchenko to the UAE.

September 2013 and September 2014 – meeting between the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the UAE in New York.

Bilateral high-level state bodies:

Ukrainian-Emirati Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation. As of now, two session of the Commission were held.

Trade and economic cooperation

During the 6-month period of 2015 trade turnover between Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates amounted to 164,3 million USD, representing decrease by 37% of the same period of 2014.  The Ukrainian exports amounted to 135,7 million USD (-46%), import – 28,5 million USD (+43%). The surplus for Ukraine during that period amounted to 107,1 million USD.

Investment Cooperation

As of October 1, 2014 the volume of direct UAE investments into Ukraine totaled 23.7 million USD.

Bilateral agreements:

Number of bilateral agreements in force: 21.

Key documents: Agreement on Economic, Trade and Technical cooperation, Agreement on the Promotion and Protection of Investments, Agreement on the Avoidance of Double Taxation.

Ukrainian community

There are around 5 000 Ukrainians living in the UAE. The places of compact habitation of Ukrainians are Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Fujairah emirates. With the aim of meeting the spiritual and cultural needs of the Ukrainian community in the UAE, regular church masses are organized by the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Dubai.

Diplomatic Missions:

- Embassy of Ukraine in the UAE (since 1993) - http://uae.mfa.gov.ua , Consulate of Ukraine in Dubai (since 2012) - http://dubai.mfa.gov.ua

- Embassy of the UAE in Ukraine (since 2013).

The Arab Republic of Egypt officially recognized Ukraine as an independent state on January 3, 1992.

Diplomatic relations between the two states had been established on January 25, 1992.

Political dialogue

The main high-level contacts:

December 21-23, 1992  - official visit of the President of Ukraine.

March 28-30, 1997  – official visit of the Prime-Minister of Ukraine.

December 11-13, 2002 and December 20-21, 2005 р. – visits of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

April, 8-10, 2008 - official visit of the President of Ukraine.

November 24-25, 2010 - official visit of the Prime-Minister of Ukraine.

 

Contacts at Foreign Ministers’ level:

December 2002 and December 2005 – visits of the Foreign Minister of Ukraine.

December 6-7, 2010 – official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt.

September 2010 – Foreign Ministers’ meeting in New York on fringes of the 65-th session of the UN.

November 2014  - a meeting of Mr.Klimkin, Foreign Minister of Ukraine, with Mr.Loza, Deputy Foreign Minister of Egypt on African issues, on fringes of the XV-th Francophone summit in Dakar (Senegal).

October 13, 2015 – Foreign Ministers’ meeting in New York on fringes of the 70-th session of the UN.

November 7, 2016 – telephone conversation of Foreign Ministers of Ukraine and Egypt Mr.Klimkin and Mr.Shoukri.

High-level bilateral bodies:

Ukrainian-Egyptian Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical cooperation since its establishment had 6 meetings - in 1995, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2008 and 2010. At present the two parties are preparing for the 7-th meeting of the Commission to be held in Kyiv in the first quarter of 2017.

Trade and economic cooperation

According to data of the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, in the period from January to November 2016 the volume of the trade turnover between Ukraine and Egypt amounted to 2.06 billion USD.

Export to Egypt reached 2.02 billion USD (+9% - comparing to the same period of 2015). Imports from Egypt reached 43, 37 million USD (-15.8% - comparing to the same period of 2015). A trade surplus of Ukraine reached - 1.977 billion USD.

Legal bilateral base

Documents currently in force: 28.

The main documents are Agreement on economic, scientific and technical cooperation, Agreement on encouragement and mutual protection of investments, Agreement on trade cooperation, Convention for avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion.

Ukrainian community

According to approximate estimates, about 4000 citizens of Ukraine live, work and study in Egypt, mainly, in its capital Cairo, cities Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada.

As of the 1st of January 2017 85 citizens of Ukraine were registered by consular section of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Arab Republic of Egypt.

During 2016 Egypt about 250 000 Ukrainian citizens, mostly tourists, visited Egypt.

Diplomatic missions:

Ukrainian Embassy in Cairo was inaugurated on September 1, 1993.

 

Diplomatic mission of Egypt in Ukraine was inaugurated in May 1993.

Ambassador of Ukraine in Egypt Mr.H.Latii (since 2015).

Ambassador of Egypt in Ukraine Mr. Hossam Eldin M. Ali (since 2016).