Kyiv, January 31, 2020
Andy Hunder, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, today met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv to deliver the voice of business in the course of the Secretary’s visit to Ukraine.
Andy Hunder thanked Secretary Pompeo and the entire U.S. Department of State for providing support to all AmChams throughout 43 European countries. AmCham Ukraine's office is, by far, the biggest in Europe.
Mr. Hunder delivered AmCham Business Climate Survey and provided tangible examples of realities of doing business on the ground, voicing member companies’ success stories. He stressed that the mood of business is upbeat, with 88% of AmCham members seeing increased growth in revenues and 65% increasing investment in Ukraine.
“Ukraine is ripe for U.S. investment, and now is the time to invest in Ukraine. There is a need to shift the narrative on U.S.-Ukraine relations to focus on business and investment. Ukraine is going through a massive overhaul and the 600 members of the American Chamber of Commerce are seeing growth and increased revenues for their business in Ukraine,” commented Andy Hunder, President of the American Chamber of Commerce at the meeting with Mike Pompeo on January 31st.
The parties also discussed rule of law, further cooperation with the IMF, unlock of the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s (EXIM) full financing capacity, and OPIC’s transformation into the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC).
Andy Hunder thanked Secretary Pompeo for the constant support that Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. Kristina Kvien and the whole U.S. Embassy team provide to members.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine sees that the business optimism is growing and will continue to help businesses grow in Ukraine throughout 2020.
Yuliana Chyzhova, AmCham Ukraine Senior Communications Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org