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Thursday, November 20, 2014
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SASKATCHEWAN RENEWS TWINNING AGREEMENT WITH CHERNIVTSI REGION

Premier Roy Romanow today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU)
with Chernivtsi regional chair Ivan Hnatyshyn, which will promote
economic co-operation and cultural ties between Saskatchewan and the
Chernivtsi region of Ukraine.

This agreement updates and replaces a letter of intent signed between
Chernivtsi and Saskatchewan more than four years ago.

While in Chernivtsi, Romanow was also the guest of honour at the
University of Chernivtsi convocation ceremony, where he addressed
graduates and received an honourary degree.

The premier is in Chernivtsi as he leads a trade and investment mission
to western Europe and Ukraine which is focusing on key economic sectors
such as ag-biotech, agricultural machinery, energy and cultural
industries.

"The Saskatchewan-Ukraine Co-operation agreement launched with
President Leonid Kuchma earlier this week, allows us to match
Saskatchewan's strengths and expertise with needs in priority sectors
of the Ukrainian economy," Romanow said. "We hope today's signing of
an MOU with Chernivtsi will allow Saskatchewan business to pursue
initiatives in agricultural training, economic development and cultural
industries in the most effective manner possible."

Romanow said the MOU provides opportunities for the participation of
local farmers in the national farm training program at the Saskatchewan
the demonstration farm at Pereyaslav Khmelnytsky; pilot business
development proposals; possible joint ventures with cultural
industries; and the participation of the region in a new Canadian
parliamentary internship program.

"A strong relationship has existed over the last 25 years between the
province of Saskatchewan and the Chernivtsi region. This new agreement
builds on the co-operation and understanding we have already seen
between the University of Saskatchewan and the University of
Chernivtsi, the cities of Saskatoon and Chernivtsi, both governments
through their respective ministries of education, and the efforts of
Saskatchewan Ukrainian community organizations," Romanow said.

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For more information, contact:

Lynn Gidluck
Media Relations
Regina
Phone: (306) 787-0850

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