April 13, 1999
SECRETARIAT ESTABLISHED TO FURTHER
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Ukraine Advisory Committee
To build and strengthen future relations between Manitoba and Ukraine, Manitoba Premier Gary Filmon today announced the formation of a Manitoba/Ukraine Secretariat.
The secretariat will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies and action plans related to a 1997 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Manitoba and Ukraine. The secretariat will also monitor developments in the Ukraine economy.
"Since our province signed the MOU, we have forged a strong relationship with Ukraine," said the premier. "We have worked hard to identify business, community and social opportunities between Ukraine and our province, and this latest step will assist us even further."
The Manitoba/Ukraine MOU has identified 11 priority sectors where future co-operation and development can be pursued: economic development; energy; construction and infrastructure; agriculture; sustainable development and environment; science and technology; tourism; transportation; education; culture and sports; and public administration.
Rural Development Minister Len Derkach, minister responsible for the MOU, has also appointed a number of prominent Manitobans to a new advisory committee. The committee will assist and advise in the implementation of priorities identified in the MOU. Members will serve a two- year term.
"The advisory committee will provide a strong voice for our province and our Ukrainian community," said Derkach. "As Ukraine continues toward a free market economy, our private and public sectors are prepared to assist during the transition."
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MANITOBA UKRAINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Olga Fuga CM
Dr. Lou Melosky CM
Dr. George Chuchman
Orest (Bill) Lewycky
Ken J. Romaniuk
Chrys Iwanchuk QC
Lew J. FigolRETURN