IT Ukraine meet the State of Utah Delegation

IT Ukraine meet the State of Utah Delegation

President of the IT Ukraine Association Olena Samborska and representatives of IT Ukraine member companies held a meeting with the delegation from the state of Utah (USA), led by the State of Utah Senate President, Stuart Adams. This is the first large delegation visit of American companies to Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale War. 

Welcoming the delegation in Kyiv, Olena Samborska emphasised the importance of such visits, thanked the representatives of the delegation for their support of Ukraine and underlined the interest of the Ukrainian IT industry in partnership with the US business. In particular, Olena Samborska noted that before the War, the United States of America had been in the TOP-3 partner countries of Ukraine for the export of IT services. In 2021, the volume of exports to the USA reached USD 2.73 million.

American support is extremely important for us. Unfortunately, the War has been going on for more than a year, but despite this, the Ukrainian IT business is working and actively exporting. IT can become the foundation for Ukraine’s recovery after victory. In particular, in 2022, the export of IT services amounted to a record USD 7.35 billion for Ukraine. In the first quarter of 2023, the industry showed a "flat", the volume of exports amounted to USD 1.64 billion, a significant share of which is exports to the USA,

— Olena Samborska, President of the IT Ukraine Association, emphasised.

Representatives of IT Ukraine were told about the advantages of the Ukrainian tech industry and opportunities for cooperation with the Utah technology sector. 

Delegates from the state of Utah noted that they supported and would continue to support Ukraine in its development. In particular, they are ready to promote the development of the Ukrainian tech sector in the US market and launch joint projects. Ukraine is recognised as a partner in the development of technological industries and is ready for cooperation in the areas of defence, aerospace, and cybersecurity.

In addition to representatives of Utah's leading technology companies, IT Ukraine was visited by Stuart Adams - President of the Utah State Senate; Miles Hansen - President and CEO of the World Trade Center in Utah, Jonathan Friedman - Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Utah; Aaron Starks - CEO of the Utah Aerospace and Defense Association; Adam Gardiner - Vice President of Government Affairs, Utah Aerospace and Defense Association. 

Utah is considered a business-friendly state with a strong economy and skilled workforce. In particular, Utah is the second in the Forbes Best States for Business List with strong labour supply, regulatory environment and economic climate. Currently, more than 4,200 companies with 68,000 employees work in the technological industry of the state. 

The Utah business has strong capabilities in the aerospace and defence industry, including design, composites manufacturing, software and control systems, testing, repair and maintenance. The visit of the delegation was organised by the Consulate General of Ukraine in San Francisco in cooperation with the Members of the Parliament of Ukraine, the “World Trade Center Utah” business association.