WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Exchange operator Nasdaq has signed a partnership agreement with the Ukrainian government aimed at supporting the development of Ukrainian capital markets, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said on Monday.

USAID, which has helped Ukraine match foreign investors with Ukrainian companies, said the memorandum of understanding called for Nasdaq to provide a range of technical assistance to the government of Ukraine as it gears up to open a new International Finance Center and develops Ukrainian capital markets.

“This new partnership between Nasdaq and the Government of Ukraine demonstrates that Ukraine is open for business, even as they continue to fight for their freedom,” USAID Administrator Samantha Power said in a statement.

She said investors were demonstrating their confidence in Ukraine’s future, with some $4.1 billion in foreign direct investment entering the country in the first three quarters of 2023. Full-year data was not immediately available.

“This partnership further underscores the attractive investment opportunities Ukraine offers. We welcome Nasdaq’s commitment to support the development of Ukrainian capital markets, which will be critical in the recovery effort.”

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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