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Promoting Ukraine in the United States
Morgan Williams is director, government affairs, Washington office of the SigmaBleyzer Emerging Markets Private Equity Investment Group, www.SigmaBlyezer.com, and serves as president/ceo of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), www.usubc.org. He has been active in the economic and business development of Ukraine since 1993. In 2007 he received a Presidential Award from President Victor Yushchenko for his service to Ukraine.
The U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) in Washington, D.C., in cooperation with its over 100 members and other organizations, is pursuing a strong program in the United States to support Ukraine. Four major Ukraine related programs have already taken place or been announced already in 2009.
Reception at the Embassy of Ukraine
The gala reception was held at the Embassy of Ukraine to celebrate the inauguration of President Obama and also in support of a strong and enduring friendship between the people of Ukraine and the people of the United States. Sponsored by the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) with the support of 10 Ukrainian American organizations, the event attracted close to 300 guests, including representatives of the U.S. government and congress, former U.S. ambassadors to Ukraine and leaders of the Ukrainian American community.
This was the first time ever a Ukrainian related event had been held in Washington in conjunction with the inauguration of an America president.
The evening’s host, Ukraine’s Ambassador Oleh Shamshur, opened the evening by recalling the previous day’s inauguration ceremony on the National Mall, which he had attended. He said the he had found it “extremely inspiring,” especially the “spirit of hope” that was prevalent in the unprecedented gathering of nearly two million people who came to witness the event.
As for the new U.S. administration’s effect on the future of the U.S.-Ukraine bilateral relationship, which had developed a solid base over the last four years of the Bush administration, Ambassador Shamshur expressed the hope that “we will be able not simply to move on but to reach a new qualitative level in our relationship.”
One of President Obama’s foreign policy advisors during the election campaign was William Miller, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine in the middle 1990s. “What you saw on the Mall yesterday in Washington was the real thing. It’s the spirit of democracy. It’s the spirit of a free people. And we share that as Americans with the Ukrainians. And I’m very proud of this close relationship. This is a celebration of achievement, of human accomplishment, of human dignity and freedom, and I’m happy to be a part of it with you,” said Ambassador Miller.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Kyiv, and the Kyiv Mohyla Foundation of America (KMF), announced on January 26, in Kyiv and Chicago the signing of a partnership agreement for the establishment of the Electronic Library of Ukraine (ELibUkr©) project.
The ELibUkr© is a nation-wide linked Electronic Library/Knowledge Centers network that will provide academics, students and practitioners enhanced access to the world’s digitized network of academic and research information, thus promoting the active use of local, regional, and global information. The project will upgrade the intellectual holdings of Ukrainian libraries and include them into the worldwide digitized information network.
The participating partners and collaborators in the new project are the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Y. Fedkovych National University of Chernivtsi, V. Karazin National University of Kharkiv, the Association “Information-Consortium”, and the Center for Technology Innovation Management (CTIM) at Northwestern University, Evanston/Chicago, Illinois.
The opening ceremony and press conference included presentations by U.S. Ambassador William Taylor; former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, William Miller; Ambassador Boris Tarasyuk, Serhiy Kvit, President of National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Marta Farion, Chicago, President of the Kyiv Mohyla Foundation of America (KMF), and others.
“By providing Ukrainians with access to a global network of knowledge, the ELibUkr© project will be an invaluable resource for building a stronger civil society, engaging Ukraine to more fully participate in the world’s community and make Ukraine more competitive on a global scale,” said former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Green Miller, who serves as co-chairman of the board of directors of the Kyiv Mohyla Foundation of America (KMF).
For the first time ever, Ukraine was represented at the sixth annual New York Times Travel Show held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, NY, Friday-Sunday, February 6–8, 2009.
The Discover Ukraine...the Unexpected travel exhibit, created by the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF) especially for this travel show, was on display. The exhibit is part of an ongoing program. The USUF, Washington, D.C., (www.usukraine.org), and the Government of Ukraine have started recently to increase the promotion of travel to Ukraine in the USA. USUF has been promoting travel to Ukraine for some time as part of its ongoing program and created the Travel to Ukraine website, www.TravelToUkraine.org.
There were three major co-sponsors of the Ukraine travel exhibit at The New York Times Travel Show, the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, Washington, D.C. (www.usubc.org); AeroSvit Ukrainian Airlines, Kyiv, Ukraine with a sales office in New York City, (www.aerosvit.ca/e_us.html); and the Embassy of Ukraine in the U.S., Washington, D.C. (www.mfa.gov.ua/usa/en).
In the exhibit created by USUF there are three large beautiful color panels showing many outstanding tourism scenes from Ukraine.
The New York Times Travel show is the largest consumer and trade travel event of its kind in the U.S. featuring different regions of the world including Africa, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Mexico, South America and the United States. The Travel to Ukraine exhibition will also be shown at a travel show in Washington, D.C.
Treasures of Ukraine Exhibitions
On February 6th, The Foundation for International Arts and Education (FIAE), in cooperation with the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, and with the support of the Embassy of Ukraine in the U.S., announced two outstanding Ukrainian exhibitions featuring historic Treasures of Ukraine which will be shown in a number of American museums during the period from 2010 to 2012.
Dr. Gregory Guroff, President of The Foundation for International Arts and Education (FIAE), Bethesda, MD, (www.fiae.org), Dr. Oleh Shamshur, Ambassador of Ukraine to the USA, Washington, D.C., and I, as President of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), Washington, D.C. (www.usubc.org), have been working on this project for the past year.
FIAE, USUBC and the Embassy of Ukraine are pleased that the PLATAR Foundation, Kyiv, Ukraine, has agreed to cooperate in the production of the two major Ukrainian exhibitions in the USA.
Additional information about the FIAE Ukrainian Icons and Religious Objects program can be found at: http://www.fiae.org/Ukrainian%20Icons.html.
The Foundation for International Arts & Education (FIAE) is a non-profit organization. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, the Foundation was created to help protect and preserve the historical and cultural legacy of the countries of the former Soviet Union. Through its Arts & Exhibitions Program, the Foundation organizes and manages art exhibitions at venues throughout the United States.
It is widely expected that the new Obama Administration will continue the support for Ukraine which the United States has shown since Ukraine’s independence in 1991. The four events which have been mentioned in this article, are representative of the strong support Ukraine will continue to receive from the United States.
People attending the gala reception held at the
Embassy of Ukraine celebrated the inauguration
of President Obama. January 21 2009.
At the presentation of ELibUkr© Electronic Library.
Kyiv, January 26 2009.
Dr. Serhiy Kvit, President of National University
of Kyiv Mohyla Academy (left) and US
Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor at
Marta Farion, President of Kyiv Mohyla
Foundation of America, Chairman of the Board
of the ELibUkr© Project.
From left to right: Oksana Yakovenko (USUF),
Oleksiy Synelnychenko (USUF), Nadia McConnell
(USUF), Mykola Kyrychenko (Consul General of
Ukraine in New York), Iryna Kurowyckyj and
Solomiya Payuk (Volunteers) at the New York
Times Travel Show.
The Discover Ukraine... the Unexpected travel
exhibit, created by the U.S.–Ukraine Foundation
Bracelet. Yellow metal. 2nd–3rd Century CE.
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