Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister for State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit Kiev on October 30 in order to co-chair the France-Ukraine Joint Economic Commission alongside Gennadiy Zubko, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine.
This is the 7th edition of this Joint Economic Commission, the first since 2011. The commission will therefore be an important forum in terms of strengthening our bilateral economic relations, which have shown positive momentum for several years now. In 2017, France increased its exports to Ukraine by 18%. It remains the largest international employer in the country, with more than 160 French firms located there and France is the 4th largest investor in Ukraine, with almost 5% of FDI stock. Mr. Lemoyne will be accompanied by a delegation of French firms operating in the Ukrainian market and, during the meeting, will discuss the difficulties encountered by French firms, as well as the prospects for improving the business climate in Ukraine.
During this visit, the minister of state will have meetings with Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and with Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin. Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will reaffirm France’s commitment to resolving the Ukrainian conflict within the framework of the Normandy format and will call for the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Within the framework of the forthcoming French presidency of the G7 in 2019, Mr. Lemoyne will discuss the importance of the reform process in Ukraine, notably with respect to the rule of law and good governance.