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Ukraine not to join the Customs Union…….

February 28, 2010

Interfax-Ukraine First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, Iryna Akimova has said that Ukraine does not intend to join the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus in the near future.

“Since the customs union contradicts and will greatly complicate Ukraine’s membership in the WTO, this matter cannot be raised today, tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, it is absolutely out of question,” she said on the Inter TV channel on Friday evening.

At the same time, Akimova said that Ukraine will build its customs policy so as to help other CIS countries – not members of the WTO – to join the tripartite customs union.

Yeh, dear readers, I know you had no idea who this woman was until she was mentioned in this article, so here’s a brief background.  She is 40 years old and from Kharkiv.  She is a pretty switched on lady in the sphere of economics……if there is such a thing as a switched on economist given recent global history…….and has  degrees in economic sciences with the added bonus…..if it is a bonus…….of international experience outside of Ukraine.  She has worked in Magdebury University and also Warsaw University’s Center for Economic Research where she held some high up position,  The lady was also the General Director of  Bureau of Economic and Social Technologies in Kyiv until she became an PoR MP in 2007.

Still, as her first official statement from within President Yanukovych’s new Presidential Administration……she is actually right……which makes a change for a Ukrainian politician considering most don’t know what they are talking about.

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