On October 26, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Ukraine Isabelle Dumont visited Kharkiv where she held a number of official meetings.
The Head of Kharkiv Regional State Administration Yulia Svitlychna and the Ambassador discussed ongoing and completed cooperative projects as well as outlined areas for further strengthening of relations between our countries.
“We opened the honorary consulate in Kharkiv 18 months ago, and I feel the relations have moved to a new level. However, both sides are expecting even more,” Dumont noted.
“A priority area of cooperation is intensifying economic relations and business contacts. I expect your support at promoting French business and investors to the Kharkiv region,” Svitlychna stressed.
“There is a great interest in reactivation of the project for training regional civil servants in Lille, France. Such a program had operated successfully in previous years with the support of the Foreign Ministry and the Embassy of France in Ukraine. Our region was represented by the Kharkiv Regional Institute of Ukrainian Academy of Public Administration. More than 60 people — both university students and civil servants — had visited France since the inception of the program,” Svitlycha added.
According to Isabelle Dumont, she is interested in the resumption of this program. Also, the Kharkiv region representatives introduced draft projects earlier, and the Ambassador is going to endorse them during the Day of Ukraine in Paris on December 14.
Within her visit to Kharkiv, the Ambassador met with the administration of French enterprises which have branches in Kharkiv. “There is not enough of them in the region, and I hope their number will be increased,” she noted.
Furthermore, Isabelle Dumont met with students and lecturers of Simon Kuznets Kharkiv National University of Economics and handed diplomas of master’s double degree in computer science and statistics for management to this year’s graduators of the Lyon 2 French-Ukrainian study program.
The University has been developing cooperation with French educational establishments for 15 years. Two joint educational programs, on tourism and business administration, are implemented within the Lyon-2 program. Ukrainian students study business at the University of Montpellier. At the same time, lecturers from France come to the University of Economics to assist with the volunteer program.
The Ambassador also held the meetings with French community as well as representatives of the business sector.
Text: Natalia Ivanova
Photo: Kharkiv Regional State Administration