China takes into account that now in Ukraine, despite good government measures, the situation with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) remains tense. We hopes that humanitarian supplies transferred to Ukraine on Wednesday will help the Ukrainian people, Chinese Ambassador to Ukraine Fan Xianrong has said.
“We take into account that now in Ukraine, despite very good government measures, the situation with the new coronavirus remains tense. We hope that these goods will just help the Ukrainian people. We want the Ukrainian people as early as possible took the final victory over this new coronavirus,” he said at a briefing at the Boryspil International Airport on Wednesday.
The diplomat noted that the cost of cargo devoted to Ukraine is more than a million dollars.
“Since the emergence of the new coronavirus, China and Ukraine have been working very closely. At first, when the coronavirus was in China, the Ukrainian country showed us great understanding and support. The people of Ukraine also supported us in every possible way, and shipped the necessary assistance,” Xianrong said.
The ambassador also added that in China, thanks to very decisive measures, “the situation with the new coronavirus has already weakened to some extent.”
“And when the new coronavirus reached Ukraine, and the situation became tense, the Chinese people naturally extended a hand of friendship and help to you,” he said.
The ambassador added that the Chinese government has already provided humanitarian assistance to Ukraine several times.
He stressed that this time the cargo was provided by the relevant regions of China, which have established close ties with the regions of Ukraine, Chinese enterprises operating in Ukraine, as well as the Sino-Ukrainian Association.
As reported, the aircraft of the Armed Forces of Ukraine IL-76 MD delivered more than 124 cubic meters of assistance to Kyiv on Wednesday to combat COVID-19. It is the largest shipment of assistance from China to Ukraine so far.
Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak has said that a new ambassador of Ukraine to France will be appointed next week.
“Finally we will have a new ambassador to France, next week,” he said during a meeting of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky with businessmen in Khmelnytsky region on Wednesday, when asked by a participant of the meeting to help businesses establish contact with Ukraine’s embassies in a range of countries.
Oleh Shamshur has been working as Ambassador of Ukraine to France since October 2014.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has appointed diplomat Andriy Kuzmenko as Ukrainian Ambassador to Qatar. Respective decree No.914/2019 as of December 18 was published on a president’s website on December 19.
Previously Kuzmenko was Ukraine’s temporary charge d’affaires in the UK, an employee of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) as a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, an ambassador at large.
The affordable price becomes the important criterion for choosing effective medicines, Indian Ambassador to Ukraine Partha Satpathy has said.
“Today, the low price offered for an effective and high-quality drug is becoming a very important criterion for choosing medicines. Leading Indian pharmaceutical companies introduce medicines manufactured at modern production sites, taking into account the laws of countries with Stringent Regulatory Authorities, the requirements of EU regulatory agencies and the FDA, to the Ukrainian market,” he said during the third annual business seminar entitled “India – a Global Force in Pharmaceuticals, a Reliable Partner for Ukraine” organized by the Indian Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association (IPMA) in cooperation with the Embassy of India in Ukraine last week in Kyiv.
The ambassador said that the government of India has determined the production of effective and affordable medicines, which the country can provide not only with the needs of the domestic market, but also with export, as one of the directions of state policy.
“The Indian pharmaceutical industry is so successful that it is capable to satisfy the needs of not only the domestic market of India, but the whole world. These needs are met on the basis of two principles: the availability of medicines and their reasonable price. Indeed, the health of many people depends on the availability of efficiency and the price of medicines,” he said.
Satpathy recalled that “the Indian government has taken certain steps: it has identified priority medicines, encouraged the manufacturing companies of these medicines and determined the basis for the implementation of the state regulatory policy to ensure the quality and effectiveness of medicines.”
The ambassador also said that Indian medicines can play a significant role in the implementation of the government’s Affordable Medicines program in Ukraine.
“It is high-quality medicines at a reasonable price that play an important role in this program. Therefore, the Indian side can be useful in this direction,” he said.
In addition, Satpathy noted the potential of Indian pharmaceutical companies in the segment of vaccines, oncology and drugs for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases for the entire world, as well as in the production of innovative medicines.
According to Proxima Research, in January-October 2019, 41.3 million packages of Indian medicines were sold on the retail market of Ukraine for a total of UAH 4.369 billion, which is 6.3% in cash and 4.6% in kind of the entire retail pharmaceutical market of Ukraine.
In turn, IPMA President Dr. Menon Ramanan Unni Parambath emphasized the willingness of leading Indian manufacturers to provide Ukrainian patients with a wide range of effective and high-quality medications at affordable prices.
For his part, Deputy Minister of Health of Ukraine Dmytro Koval said that the quality of registered Indian drugs is in line with international standards, and leading health experts acknowledge this.
According to the data announced during the seminar, the top 10 in terms of sales in the Ukrainian retail market among Indian companies in January-October 2019included, in particular, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. (UAH 632.078 million or 5.392 million packages), Organosyn Life Sciences (UAH 460.279 million), Abryl Formulations (UAH 268.204 million), Sun Pharma (UAH 216.326 million), Euro Lifecare (UAH 188.365 million) and Macleods Pharmaceuticals (UAH 157.947 million). They are members of IPMA.
Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Ukraine Matti Maasikas is satisfied with the pace of improvement of the business climate in the country.
The new government and the new president have taken an obligation to improve business climate, he said at the Kyiv International Economic Forum on Friday, adding that there is significant progress in the legislative process seen in the parliament if to speak about the improvement of business environment and fight against corruption.
Maasikas called the achievement of the rule of law, the fight against corruption among the main problems that Ukraine should solve. At the same time, he said that he sees positive trends in this direction.
The dynamics are positive if we talk about the law on illegal enrichment, the ambassador said. In addition, there are other examples – the fight against money laundering, he added.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky may appoint Ambassador of Ukraine to the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko as the ambassador of Ukraine to the United States of America, the Ukrainian Voice of America service reports.
“At this post [Ukrainian Permanent Representative to the UN], an experienced diplomat Yelchenko repeatedly resolutely maintained Ukraine’s position, often in fierce exchanges of remarks with the Russian delegation during the organization’s meetings,” it said.
Zelensky said during a press marathon on October 10 that he had decided on the candidacy of the ambassador to the United States, but did not say who he had chosen.
“A person has been chosen, this is experienced person, a diplomat, who knows the United States very well. I think he will be appointed in the near future,” Zelensky said then.
Earlier, Valeriy Chaly held the post of ambassador.