BRAMA, May 5, 2005, 1:00 pm ET
Mayor of Toronto to visit Kyiv (May 9-11)
The Mayor of Toronto, David Miller, will lead a trade mission to Kyiv for two days from May 9 to 11. Mr. Miller will be accompanied by more than fifty Canadian businessmen and members of the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce (CUCC).
Mayor Miller will meet with his Kyiv counterpart Oleksandr Omelchenko and the two mayors will sign an agreement to formalize business and cultural ties between the two cities on May 10.
Mr. Miller is also expected to meet with members of Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers.
In the course of the meetings, Mayor Miller will discuss and explore the following areas of possible cooperation and exchange of knowledge and experience: infrastructure development (water, waste water, garbage, and roads), city branding and promotion, tourism and the international convention business, creation of international film presence, traffic, parking and public transit issues, preservation of heritage sites and historic buildings, urban planning development and approval processes and delivery of emergency services.
Mayor Miller will also be looking for opportunities to forge ties that will allow his local government to better serve the over 100,000 strong Ukrainian community in Toronto.
On May 11, both Mayors Miller and Omelchenko will participate in a business forum organized by the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.
Mayor Miller will also visit Kyiv's historic churches and city's Metro and lay wreaths at the Holodomor memorial and the statue of Taras Shevchenko.
The signing ceremony and press conference will take place at 12:15 PM on Tuesday May 10 at Kyiv's City Hall.