Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (left), and Dr Andriy Melnyk, Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany (right)

Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (left), and Dr Andriy Melnyk, Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany (right)

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Germany and Ukraine will continue their cooperation on training Ukrainian managers until 2019.

Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Dr Andriy Melnyk, Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany, signed the declaration confirming this in Berlin today.

State Secretary Beckmeyer: “We are firmly convinced that cooperation on manager training helps Ukrainian firms to deepen their cooperation with Europe and to improve their international competitiveness. The extension of this programme is also an important signal from the German government in support of the necessary reforms in Ukraine.”

Ukraine has been a partner country in the Economic Affairs Ministry’s Manager Training Programme since 2001. So far, some 1,200 Ukrainian managers have taken part in this programme. During their four weeks of training in Germany, the participants attend seminars, visit successful German firms, and engage in individual meetings with German business partners. The results show that this paves the way for a wide range of business ties between Ukrainian and German companies. At the same time, the participants develop their own management skills and prepare themselves for further international cooperation.

The Economic Affairs Ministry’s Manager Training Programme is currently being operated with 19 partner countries from Asia, eastern Europe, North Africa and Latin America.