Foreign direct investment growth in Ukraine.

UkraineInvest has already received applications for almost $ 2 billion of investment, announced its CEO, Sergiy Tsivkach. In the first half of the year, foreign direct investments increased by $ 2.7 billion compared to the same period last year. This included investment in 9 projects in the Agro-processing sector valued at $534 million, 9 projects in the processing industry and production valued at $516 million, 5 projects in the logistics sector valued at $ 531 million, and an investment of

When should we expect foreign investors?

 “There are more foreign investors coming to us. I hope Concorde Capital and I will become pioneers in the sense of attracting Western investments to Ukraine. I’m sure we’re going to have a big investment boom. And even the political processes that are currently taking place in Ukraine are not able to prevent this.” said the founder of Concord Capital Igor Mazepa on LinkedIn.

Saudi Arabians interested in Ukrainian startups.

The CEO of the TaibahVally investment campaign and one of the leaders of the national investment program “Saudi Vision 2030”, is in Ukraine looking for profitable and innovative areas for investment. The Sovereign Wealth Fund of Saudi Arabia, which finances the program, is one of the largest investment funds in the world. He has met with Alexander Bornyakov, Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation for IT Development, and visited the offices of several Ukrainian technology companies, including UNITCity.

International investors with 23 projects totaling $1.35 billion have applied for ‘investment nannies’ with UkraineInvest,

 announced Serhiy Tsivkach, the Executive Director of the investment promotion office (Interfax-Ukraine). The office has 14 employees working on the project, which is designed to cut red tape. This month, UkraineInvest plans to submit the first candidate projects to the Economy Ministry for approval.

Developing Ukraine’s stock market infrastructure will be the goal of an agreement to be signed this week by Ukrainian authorities with EBRD, USAID and the American Chamber of Commerce.

 “We are working on the development of the stock market infrastructure,” Prime Minister Shmygal said last week at the UkraineInvest Talks Dnipro International Investment Forum. “There is quite a lot of money provided for the clearing system for stock market development in Ukraine.”

Two regional entrepreneurs – Andriy Stavnitser, co-owner of the TiS port in Yuzhny, and Yuriy Fylyuk, who is recycling a massive Soviet-era gas meter factory in Ivano-Frankivsk

 – are profiled by Melinda Haring in a National Interest story headlined: “Ukraine’s Future in Being Made Outside Kyiv.” Her conclusion: “The big picture in Ukraine, viewed solely from Kyiv, often looks downright hopeless, but seen from outside the metropolis, there’s good reason to be optimistic about its future.”

Capital investment by cross border investors in Ukraine decreased by $868 million last year, the first decline of Incoming Investment since 2015,

Bohdan Danylyshyn, Chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine wrote on Facebook. He said: “The key reasons for the low interest of foreign investors in the Ukrainian economy are the weak and underdeveloped domestic market, the ongoing military conflict with the Russian Federation, as well as the low level of legal protection of investments.”

Concorde Capital plans to bring 10 Ukrainian companies to initial public offerings over the next two years,

Concorde CEO Ihor Mazepa said recently at the IPO presentation of Veres Rivne People’s {Football] Club. Citing changes in Ukraine’s financial markets, the Concorde founder said: “What I have seen for the last six or nine months: there has been such a huge trend that a class, a huge group of investors has begun to form in the country. He added: “I give myself, roughly speaking, two years to bring a good 10 companies to an IPO.”

Ukraine plans to attract investment to create “a belt of success” in government-controlled Luhansk and Donetsk,

Oleskiy Reznikov, minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, tells Dom TV Channel. In addition to the multilateral aid flowing into the area, he cited talks with Turkish and Polish companies interested investing in Kyiv-controlled Donbas. Last week, in a nationwide survey of startups by the online database YouControl, Luhansk fared the worst, with only 50 new businesses registered last year, compared to 54,000 across Ukraine.

Helped by cheaper energy import prices, Ukraine’s trade deficit in goods is running at half the level of last year

Helped by cheaper energy import prices, Ukraine’s trade deficit in goods is running at half the level of last year, reported the State Customs Service. Through November, the trade deficit was $3.93 billion, down from $8.15 billion recorded during the first 10 months of last year. Year over year, exports were down 3.5%, while imports were down 10.8%.

Dragon Capital has acquired Lviv Industrial Park located on a 23.5-hectare land plot on the M10 highway, 60 km east of the Polish border.

Dragon Capital has acquired Lviv Industrial Park located on a 23.5-hectare land plot on the M10 highway, 60 km east of the Polish border. Five years ago, CTP, the largest developer and operator of warehouses and industrial parks in Central and Eastern Europe, bought the site — the Czech company’s first foray into the former Soviet Union. For Dragon, the Lviv site complements their 49-hectare site on the Kyiv-Zhytomyr highway where an industrial park is in the planning stages. “We

The ban on shopping during three weekends in November cost Ukrainian shopping malls about $250 million

The ban on shopping during three weekends in November cost Ukrainian shopping malls about $250 million, the Ukrainian Council of Shopping Centers told Interfax-Ukraine. The 30-40% drop in weekend sales was partially offset by 10-20% increases on Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. Epicenter, one of the nation’s largest retailers, lost 750,000 weekend visits and $35 million in weekend sales, says Vladimir Goncharov, Epicenter’s director of retail trade. The drop in sales will ripple through the economy effecting 5,000 suppliers, largely Ukrainian,

“Business without Barriers” is a movement promoted by First Lady Olena Zelenska

“Business without Barriers” is a movement promoted by First Lady Olena Zelenska to reduce the physical and psychological barriers that prevent people with disabilities from participating in the work force and society at large. A declaration of support was signed this week by representatives of: Ukrposhta, Oschadbank, Ukrzaliznytsia, Auchan, 1+1 Media, DTEK, Socar, work.ua, ATB, and Danone. Ukrzaliznytsia said it is making stations, platforms and trains easier for travellers in wheelchairs, the elderly and parents with small children.

DTEK says that almost 3,000 of its 70,000 employees have disabilities

DTEK says that almost 3,000 of its 70,000 employees have disabilities, “We are actively introducing the best services for our clients so that our services are as accessible as possible,” says DTEK CEO Maxim Timchenko. Yesterday, DTEK, the largest private investor in Ukraine’s energy sector, became Ukraine’s first company to join ‘The Valuable 500,’ an international movement dedicated to improving the integration of employees and clients with disabilities.

After 12 years of discussion, the Rada yesterday passed a river development bill designed to triple cargo carried on the Dnipro to 30 million tons by 2025.

After 12 years of discussion, the Rada yesterday passed a river development bill designed to triple cargo carried on the Dnipro to 30 million tons by 2025. Ships will pass free through river’s six locks. To modernize the aging river gates, an ‘Inland Waterways Fund’ will be created, funded largely by excise taxes on fuel. During the late Soviet era, 60 million tons of cargo moved annually on the Dnipro.

A revitalised working river will generate an extra $500 million in economic activity

A revitalised working river will generate an extra $500 million in economic activity, Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Krikliy said on his Telegram account. He added that for each 1 million tons of cargo carried on the river, Ukraine can save $35 million in road repairs.

“All over the world, river transportation is the cheapest and most environmentally friendly way of delivering goods

“All over the world, river transportation is the cheapest and most environmentally friendly way of delivering goods,” Artem Kovalev, Rada member and chief author of the law, wrote on Facebook. “Ukraine has a huge potential for the development of water transport, but now less than 1% of all goods are transported by the river (in the EU it is 7%). At the same time, the Danube and Dnipro are included in five largest rivers in Europe.”

Renewal of the Dnipro is expected to revive two Soviet era economic activities: shipbuilding and river cruise tourism.

Renewal of the Dnipro is expected to revive two Soviet era economic activities: shipbuilding and river cruise tourism. Due to global warming, the Dnipro’s ice-free shipping season seems to be expanding — to nine months. President Zelenskiy, a promoter of the bill, said he would sign the legislation soon. 

Ukraine wants to start free trade talks next year with a host of countries, led by its largest trading partner, China,

Ukraine wants to start free trade talks next year with a host of countries, led by its largest trading partner, China, Taras Kachka, Ukraine’s Trade Representative, told Evropeiska Pravda. “Currently, the access of our products to the Chinese market is subject to higher duties than Chinese products to us,” he said, referring to a trade relationship that totalled $9.4 through August. 

Ukraine would like to reopen and liberalise the UK-Ukraine agreement that was signed two months ago

Ukraine would like to reopen and liberalise the UK-Ukraine agreement that was signed two months ago in London, a rushed deal designed to beat the December 31 Brexit deadline. Also on the list are countries with major trade deficits with Ukraine due to food exports: Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco and Vietnam. The Ukraine-Israel free trade agreement enters into effect on Jan. 1.

Even without a UK-Ukraine trade pact renegotiation, Ukrainian food exporters are showing “great interest” in the expanded duty-free access to the British market

Even without a UK-Ukraine trade pact renegotiation, Ukrainian food exporters are showing “great interest” in the expanded duty-free access to the British market, Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba told Interfax-Ukraine after a bilateral briefing on trade opportunities. Furniture manufacturers have gone on two trade missions to Britain recently, he said. He added: “ Even Ukrainian manufacturers of Christmas tree decorations are now interested in the British market.”

Ukraine’s PPP system is being developed with the advice of the World Bank’s IFC Group.

Ukraine’s PPP system is being developed with the advice of the World Bank’s IFC Group. Since 2014, IFC has advised governments on 147 public-private partnerships, an effort expected to draw $33 billion in private financing. In Ukraine, IFC advised on the recently completed concession contracts for Kherson and Olvia ports, contracts that are to bring in investments totaling $137 million.  Now, IFC is advising preparation of a tender for the concession of a container terminal in Ukraine’s Chornomorsk port and

Ukravtodor plans to repair 6,800 km of roads next year, almost 30% more than the target for 2020,

Ukravtodor plans to repair 6,800 km of roads next year, almost 30% more than the target for 2020, Alexander Kubrakov, head of the state highway agency, said yesterday at the presentation of the public private partnership plan for roads. Funding sources are: the Road Fund, funds raised under state guarantees, loans from international financials institutions, such as the World Bank, and possibly the first public private partnership.

Two months into the job as head of Ukraine’s state railroad, Volodymyr Zhmak announced yesterday he will drop a $1 billion framework agreement signed in 2018 to buy as many as 200 diesel locomotives from Wabtec Corporation, formerly GE Transportation

Two months into the job as head of Ukraine’s state railroad, Volodymyr Zhmak announced yesterday he will drop a $1 billion framework agreement signed in 2018 to buy as many as 200 diesel locomotives from Wabtec Corporation, formerly GE Transportation. “As for cooperation with General Electric, today I do not see the need for further purchase of General Electric locomotives,” he said at a press conference in Kyiv. “Our goal is to switch to electric locomotives, because it is much

Through late July, Ukrainian officials repeatedly said they are negotiating to sign a contract by the end of this year to buy another 40 locomotives from Wabtec – a purchase that would carry a $185 million price tag

Through late July, Ukrainian officials repeatedly said they are negotiating to sign a contract by the end of this year to buy another 40 locomotives from Wabtec – a purchase that would carry a $185 million price tag. This would build on an initial purchase of 30 Wabtec diesel locomotives in 2018-2019. Last January, President Zelenskiy told visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: “The Ministry of Infrastructure and Ukrzaliznytsia are already negotiating the purchase of a new batch of

Most of UZ’s rolling stock have passed their intended life expectancies

Most of UZ’s rolling stock have passed their intended life expectancies, Zhmak gave these ‘depreciation rates: UZ’s 958 electric locomotives and 227 diesel locomotives — 96%; 41,138 freight cars – 89%; and 2,040 passenger cars – 88%. To accelerate renewal of the fleet, he said UZ will spend $250 million next year to produce 4,200 new freight cars and to overhaul up to 20,000. The railroad plans to spend $145 to overhaul locomotives. Ukraine has six locomotive repair plants. The nation’s sole

Austria’s Rail Cargo Group is launching a new weekly container freight train from central China to Vienna, through Ukraine.

Austria’s Rail Cargo Group is launching a new weekly container freight train from central China to Vienna, through Ukraine. Separately, Rail Cargo, a unit of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), recently announced that it is doubling – to twice a week — the frequency of its freight trains from Xian, China to Budapest, also through Ukraine. Previously, some China-Central Europe trains passed through Belarus. The China-Kazakhstan-Russia-Ukraine route provides “the best geopolitically, the fastest and most stable solution for the transportation of

In the latest move to remove big trucks from Odesa’s residential areas, Euroterminal has started to build a rail spur

In the latest move to remove big trucks from Odesa’s residential areas, Euroterminal has started to build a rail spur to the Odesa-Peresyp rail cargo sorting yard, about five kilometers north of the historic port. As present, 80% of containers enter and leave Odesa Port by truck.

4G mobile telephone usage by Kyivstar subscribers was up 50% yoy in the third quarter,

4G mobile telephone usage by Kyivstar subscribers was up 50% yoy in the third quarter, reports Ukrinform. The 4G network of Kyivstar, the nation’s largest mobile company, now reaches 84% of Ukraine’s population, the company reports. Of Kyivstar’s 25.8 million sim card holders, 65% use their phones for data. Due to the quarantine, “subscribers are using more digital products,” said Kyivstar President Oleksandr Komarov.

Belarus closed its borders yesterday afternoon with Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine

Belarus closed its borders yesterday afternoon with Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine, reported Belarus’ State Border Committee, citing “the existing epidemiological situation in neighboring countries.” Although Russia’s coronavirus infection rate is 50% higher than Belarus, the Russian border was not closed. This leads some analysts to conclude that Alexander Lukashenko, the self-proclaimed president of Belarus, is preparing a crackdown before next Tuesday’s US presidential election. Belarus is not blocking trucks from Ukraine, a major trading partner.

Rada members must prepare new bills marked ‘urgent’ to restore anti-corruption legislation

Rada members must prepare new bills marked ‘urgent’ to restore anti-corruption legislation invalidated Tuesday by the Constitutional Court, President Zelenskiy said yesterday in an emergency National Security and Defense Council meeting. “The electronic [asset] declaration system in Ukraine will work,” he said, ordering its restoration. “Draft laws for its renewal should be prepared and sent to the Verkhovna Rada as urgent.” The Rada reconvenes next week. After the ruling party’s poor showing in last Sunday’s local elections, it is not

If the National Security Council identifies the Constitutional Court’s actions as a threat to Ukraine’s security,

If the National Security Council identifies the Constitutional Court’s actions as a threat to Ukraine’s security, “Zelenskiy might propose a draft law that would reboot the court and fire all of its 15 judges,” writes the Kyiv Post. Hinting at this, Zelenskiy said yesterday: “The devastating blows inflicted on the country’s achievements in the fight against corruption and in corruption prevention in Ukraine cannot be ignored. The decisions of individuals whose actions are becoming increasingly socially dangerous have to be

Foreign and national construction companies will be able to participate in up to $2 billion worth of contracts to rebuild 1,500 km of highways in Ukraine through 2023

Foreign and national construction companies will be able to participate in up to $2 billion worth of contracts to rebuild 1,500 km of highways in Ukraine through 2023, government officials announced yesterday at a webinar on Public-Private Partnerships in the Road Sector. Tenders are to be drawn up next year for six sections of ‘M’ or international highways, said Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Krykliy. The six sections are the first phase of a $9 billion, 4,500 km project that is to

The first phase focuses on ‘brownfields’ – upgrading existing roads

The first phase focuses on ‘brownfields’ – upgrading existing roads. These highway sections will be become Ukraine’s first toll roads, but will be “installment roads,” Krykliy said. Under this system investors first pay for construction, then recoup their investments through highway infrastructure, largely gas stations, restaurants and billboards. Ukraine is one of a few major countries in the world without toll roads. The online information session drew 310 participants from 43 countries and 38 companies, Krykliy later wrote on his

The government promises “a national program to support shipbuilding, cheaper credit resources,”

The government promises “a national program to support shipbuilding, cheaper credit resources,” Arakhamia said. Later on Friday, Oleh Uruskyi, Minister for Strategic Industries visited the Okean shipyard in Mykolaiv, reported the company website.

Business education for combat veterans and soft loans for veteran-owned startups are government priorities

Business education for combat veterans and soft loans for veteran-owned startups are government priorities, President Zelenskiy said during an International Volunteer and Veterans Forum in Kyiv. “It’s both military skills and the rules by which all successful companies exist,” he said. “One cannot ignore the experience of other countries, where many veterans are the founders of large, serious, powerful, well-known companies.”

With the minimum monthly wage set to rise to $182 (UAH 5,000) next Tuesday, Zelenskiy says the budget can “definitely support” the hike

With the minimum monthly wage set to rise to $182 (UAH 5,000) next Tuesday, Zelenskiy says the budget can “definitely support” the hike. On July 1, the minimum wage is to increase by 30%, to UAH 6,500, currently $237. Ukraine’s median monthly wage is $768.

Grain sales were down 18% yoy in July,

Grain sales were down 18% yoy in July, reports UNIAN citing the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture. Due to bad weather, much of the harvest is late.

Steelmaker ArcelorMittal has transferred 50 million tons of slag to the government for the national road construction program

Steelmaker ArcelorMittal has transferred 50 million tons of slag to the government for the national road construction program, reports Interfax-Ukraine, citing the company. Earlier this year, Arcelor pushed the government to change regulations to allow construction of concrete roads with slag. Increasingly common across Europe, the use of crushed slag for road construction helps companies cut disposal costs. In turn it cuts costs for building concrete roads. So far this year, 100,000 cubic meters have been used to build roads in

Interpipe, Ukraine’s largest pipe and wheel producer, will redeem at par 97 million of its 2024 notes this week

Interpipe, Ukraine’s largest pipe and wheel producer, will redeem at par 97 million of its 2024 notes this week, according to the company.

IKEA Ukraine plans to offer 5,000 items in its first physical store in Kyiv

IKEA Ukraine plans to offer 5,000 items in its first physical store in Kyiv, says Florian Melle, Ukraine director of Ikea. He said: “A city-format store will open in Kyiv without a food department and restaurant, but we strive to launch them as soon as possible.” Earlier this year, IKEA started operating an online store that proved so successful that the company struggled to keep up with orders. Ikea’s first physical store in Ukraine is to open in Kyiv’s Blockbuster

Energy traders imported 345,000 megawatts of electricity in the first quarter of 2020

Energy traders imported 345,000 megawatts of electricity in the first quarter of 2020, reports NERC. The imported electricity was from Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Belarus.

New car imports are down 36% y-o-y

New car imports are down 36% y-o-y, reports Ukrinform citing Ukravtoprom. The average value of an imported new car is $19,300. Japanese vehicles are the most popular.

Passenger transport is down 56.2% y-o-y

Passenger transport is down 56.2% y-o-y, reports the State Statistics Service. Rail was down 58.2%. Motor transport was down by 44.3%.