Ukraine urges Jordan to facilitate trade

14:44, 03 October 2012
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych called for closer trade ties between his country and Jordan during a meeting here Wednesday with Jordan's Lower House Speaker Abdul Karim Dughmi, according to Xinhua.

"In my opinion, to ensure the stable growth of bilateral trade, we must expand the structure of Ukrainian exports to Jordan," Yanukovych said.

Describing Jordan as one of Ukraine's most important trading partners in the Near East, Yanukovych said bilateral trade went up 30 percent in the first eight months of 2012.

In 2011, bilateral trade volume between the two countries reached 487.72 million U.S. dollars, according to Ukraine's State Statistics Committee.

Jordan's direct investment in Ukraine reached 3.2 million dollars in 2011, increasing nearly 10 percent over the previous year.

Dughmi arrived here Monday for a three-day working visit.

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