Britain, Ukraine sign digital trade agreement


London said Ukraine will be guaranteed access to British financial services as it seeks to rebuild its shattered economy following the signing of a ground-breaking new deal.

Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch and Ukraine’s first deputy prime minister Yulia Svyrydenko will sign the digital trade agreement in London on Wednesday.

Officials said the deal based on a similar agreement earlier this year between Britain and Singapore will support digital commerce through the facilitation of cross-border data flows.

It follows an approach by the government in Kiev over the summer to see if such an agreement would be possible.

Digital trade is considered to be particularly important in the current conflict with Russia where the fighting and the damage to infrastructure make physical trade more difficult.

The agreement also allows for greater cooperation between Britain and Ukraine on cybersecurity and emerging technologies.

Badenoch said “the landmark digital trade deal agreed today between our two countries paves the way for a new era of modern trade between us.

“This agreement will mean our businesses and governments can collaborate even more and ensure Ukrainians have access to essential goods and services digital trade opens up.

“This will help protect jobs, livelihoods and families now and in Ukraine’s post-war future.”