Ukraine business council leader, Morgan Williams, is a U.S. agricultural industry MVP. Williams is the CEO and president of the joint U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) and has supported the vital interests of U.S. companies like Monsanto and Cargill in Ukraine’s agricultural resources.
The USUBC is a non-profit trade association founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Washington D.C. The organization’s mission aims to increase U.S. trade and investments in Ukraine’s financial market. The group also plans “to improve conditions for bilateral trade and investment.” Monsanto and Cargill are members of the USUBC along with over a hundred invested international groups and corporations.
Williams conducted an interview with the International Business Times about U.S. corporate involvement in Ukraine’s agriculture business. He explained the economic benefits waiting for American businesses in rural Ukraine by comparing it’s agriculture industry to a “gold mine.” When observing Williams’ opinions about Ukraine’s business climate, the agricultural sector stands out from the privatization of Ukraine’s state operated energy system which has been considered an energy crisis by most news sources.
Williams was asked what he would do to transform Ukraine’s business climate if he were elected the country’s president. His remark about his wish to “center around getting the government out of business, set fair and transparent rules, an honest legal system and drastically reduce opportunities for bribes and corruption,” contrasts his support of companies like Monsanto who do not abide by any of the codes Williams declares as integral to a fair economy and government. Williams’ tactical leadership position at the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council is the reason why he is the U.S. agricultural industry’s MVP.
The agricultural market in Ukraine is very attractive to American agricultural corporations. Cargill became the owner of a Ukrainian livestock and feed company in 2011. On Dec. 13, 2013, Cargill bought a 25 percent plus one share of the Russian grain terminal, Kombinat Stroykomplekt (KSK), situated at Novorossiysk, a port near a historical Russian Crimean naval base. On Jan. 12, Cargill reported their purchase of a $200 million stake in Ukraine’s UkrLandFarming.
Monsanto announced its plan to build a non-GM seed plant in Ukraine. The agrichemical producer is spending over $140 million to create a new facility and has also launched a campaign called “Grain Basket of the Future” that will supposedly “help rural villagers in the country improve their quality of life.” The program will allow rural Ukrainians to apply for grants worth a $25,000 maximum to “develop a program that provides educational opportunities, community empowerment, or small business development.”
Morgan Williams’ market opinions about the Ukraine are biased and nonobjective , because he represents Monsanto and Cargill. Williams exposed his questionable intentions when he proposed that the Ukrainian government should stay out of big business.
He apparently forgot that he represents several of the corporate parties that dabble in trading their former employees with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration. Williams is the MVP of the U.S. agricultural industry because his leadership position in the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council gives legitimacy to Monsanto and Cargill’s suspicious growing investments in Ukraine.
By Reivin Johnson