Friday, May 30, 2008

Ukraine, Bulgaria want more active development of economic relations, says Bulgarian consul

The current level of economic relations between Ukraine and Bulgaria satisfies neither Ukraine, nor Bulgaria. Bulgarian general consul in Odesa Georgi Prodanov announced this during a meeting with Kherson regional governor Borys Silenkov in Kherson on May 29.

He said that Ukrainian-Bulgarian relations had been developing very well over the last years. "Political contacts between the countries are at a very high level. However, economic relations still cannot come up with political contacts. Political contacts are excellent, while economic relations are lagging behind," he said.

Prodanov said that Bulgarian companies are currently interested in the development of cooperation with Ukraine in the reprocessing of agricultural products. In particular, this concerns whine making, sunflower oil production, and the reprocessing of honey. According to the Bulgarian diplomat, "Bulgarian investment will constantly grow."

As for political contacts between the two countries, they will "be quite intensive this year." In particular, an official visit by Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko to Bulgaria is scheduled. Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev might also visit Ukraine (including its southern regions) in the summer of 2008, the consul said.