UGA became a member of the International Grain Trade Coalition (IGTC). An interview with Nikolay Gorbachev, UGA President

13.07.2017

UkrAgroConsult: Nikolay, on July 10, 2017, the Ukrainian Grain Association became a member of the International Grain Trade Coalition (IGTC). What does it imply for Ukraine’s grain business?

Nikolay Gorbachev, UGA President: Sitting at one table with the grain associations from the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, Mexico, Europe, Argentina and other countries already implies the possibility to learn some new things. Moreover, this enables us to put forward suggestions and thereby participate in positive changes that help people worldwide get food.

These are the actions that make the world a better place. We are involved in a business whose goals include FEEDING THE WORLD. It is us who are capable of moving enormous food amounts from oversupplied countries to countries short of food.

We bring food STABILITY to countries where climate factors make it just impossible to grow own food for safeguarding the demographic situation.

UkrAgroConsult: What questions it will be possible to raise being a member of the International Grain Trade Coalition (IGTC)?

Nikolay Gorbachev, UGA President: I believe UGA’s entry into the IGTC is a progressive step that will allow Ukraine raising issues at the international level.

In my opinion, such issues include any trade barriers (both tariff and non-tariff ones), and phytosanitary control problems. The latter are increasingly pressing because Ukrainian grain is increasingly often shipped to Asian countries, which have an absolutely different climate and, consequently, different plant pests and diseases.

Also, I believe it is very important to still deeper immersion in the civilized methods of communication between nations buying Ukrainian grain and those competing with Ukraine in the grain market.

The fact that Ukraine is an influential grain player on the global arena is beyond doubt since long ago, and the task of the Ukrainian Grain Association consists in facilitating the promotion of Ukrainian grain worldwide, studying the most advanced and effective practices and, of course, helping in their implementation.

UkrAgroConsult: Thank you, Nikolay! We wish you every success in further work!

 

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