25 February 2009
The Ukraine is currently in the throes of fulfilling its World Trade Organisation (WTO) accession package and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) action plan throughout the country’s agriculture and rural sector.
Supported by the consultancy expertise of WYG International (WYGI) under the appointment of the European Commission, the €4.7m project will bring meaningful long term economic benefits to the country and has been initiated to ensure that Ukraine maximises the opportunities that membership to the WTO offers. A special focus will be on meeting international standards in the wholesale markets and food safety in order to significantly increase Ukraine’s trading opportunities. It is anticipated that the application of a sector wide approach for both agriculture and rural development will facilitate meeting the requirements of Ukraine’s accession package to the WTO and the ENP action plan. Fulfilment of the ENP action plan will bring the country into closer alignment with institutions and practices within the European Union.
WYGI will provide project management, institutional development, food safety, markets and rural development services throughout the contract’s 38-month duration.
David Burton, Director, WYGI commented:
“This important project will provide much needed sustainable benefits to rural communities throughout the Ukraine and to the country’s overall economy. WYG’s wide range of expertise has ensured that we have been able to allocate dedicated personnel with key specialisms to fulfil many of the client’s requirements for this project. We are currently formulating plans to open a WYG office in Kyiv, which will enable us to support our clients more closely and to provide a base to widen our service offer within the region.”