At the end of January this year a delegation from the Samopomich Union Party of Ukraine visited AFBI’s research farm at Hillsborough.
The visit to Northern Ireland was hosted though the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. This is a non-departmental public body which operates closely with, but is independent of, the UK Government. Its remit is to facilitate and catalyse the universal establishment of legitimate and effective multi-party democracy.
The delegation comprised of Mr Oleh Berezyuk MP who is Chair of the Sampomich Union political group in Parliament, Mr Lubomyr Zubach MP who is a member for state building, regional development and local governance, Mr Ivan Smirenskyi who is Chair of Samopomich Union political group in the Illichivsk City Council and Mr Serhiy Serhiyenko, a member of Odessa oblast party organization. They were accompanied by Juliet Thompson who coordinated the visit through the DFD fund with the aim to promote democracy and share best practices with other political parties internationally.
Mr Berezyuk emphasised the value to them of visiting a region where livestock production is predominant and where there is such a wealth of scientific expertise available. He emphasised the opportunities for future collaborative research projects between AFBI and Ukrainian scientists. This is another example where AFBI is reaching out internationally to form new partnerships that can grow its funding base and enhance its global reputation in creating a more profitable, sustainable and environmentally sensitive agri-food sector.
Notes to editors:
The Westminster Foundation for Democracy is a non-departmental public body which operates closely with, but is independent of, the UK Government. Its remit is to facilitate and catalyse the universal establishment of legitimate and effective multi-party democracy.
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