News Release - September 18, 1997
SASKATCHEWAN-UKRAINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE BEGINS SECOND TERM
Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Berny Wiens today
announced the renewal of the Saskatchewan-Ukraine Advisory Committee
for a second term.
"The work of this committee has led to significant activity by
Saskatchewan's private sector in Ukraine," Wiens said. "This activity
has been encouraged by Saskatchewan's Ukrainian Canadian community.
Roughly 13 per cent of our province's population is of Ukrainian
origin and these people have taken an interest in Ukraine's democratic
and economic reforms since its independence in 1991."
In 1995, the province signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Ukraine
which formalized intergovernmental relations. Highlights of
activities under that agreement include:
the proposed participation of two Saskatchewan energy companies
in oil field development projects in Ukraine;
SaskPower Commercial's $3.5 million CIDA contract to provide
technical and managerial assistance for the rehabilitation of one
of Ukraine's major thermal power plants;
the Saskatchewan-Ukraine Demonstration Farm Project which has
resulted in sales of Saskatchewan agricultural machinery and
the development of numerous successful joint ventures in film
production, television and book publishing involving
Saskatchewan's cultural industries.
The community-based advisory committee, under the chairmanship of
Dr. Dmytro Cipwynyk of Saskatoon, will continue to provide a
focal point for community input into government and private
sector activities with Ukraine. It will also monitor the
progress of the 1995 Saskatchewan-Ukraine Memorandum of
Cooperation. This Memorandum resulted in a commercial, technical
and cultural Plan of Action with Ukraine that the first advisory
committee helped develop.
"I am confident that the knowledge and experience of the members
of the new advisory committee will make a valuable contribution
to the continued development of Saskatchewan-Ukraine relations,"
Wiens said. "I look forward to the committee's advice and
recommendations on expansion and consolidation of the province's
intergovernmental, cultural and commercial ties with Ukraine."
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For more information, contact:
Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs
Phone: (306) 787-7855