20/10/2016 Development of consulting services on energy saving and environmental protection
Practical training for energy service companies and CCI representatives, aimed to train experts, which are involved in providing of resource and energy saving services for regional industrial enterprises, to modern approaches to communicate with potential customers, took place in the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry office.
The event became possible due to the support of the Program promoting green modernization of the Ukrainian economy, which is performed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government.
Representatives of dozen companies, engaged in providing of consulting services on energy efficiency and the environment, alternative energy and high technology, trained to build marketing strategies of their businesses, studied, analyzed the market, segmented and identified its most attractive destinations.
The educational program was created on the basis of experience of the practical examples of the market leaders’ work during the discussions in groups.
The speaker, - Oleksandr Ladygin, the Head of Training Department of the "Gestalt Consulting Group", - elaborated on the importance of operational marketing: its components, determining the value of services and price factors that further will affect costs, competition and the possibility of customers.
29/09/2016 Exports and imports in the new conditions for Ukrainian business
Over the last few years Ukrainian exports have been going through difficult times.
We lost the largest market and production capacity for traditional exports, world market was also unfavourable. Due to these and other factors Ukrainian exports significantly reduced.
According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, in January - May 2016 Ukrainian exports to the EU increased by 4.5% compared with the same period of the last year and amounted to almost 40% of total exports.
According to the same period, imports from the EU countries increased by 3.3%, that is 44.6% of total Ukrainian imports.
Statistics for the first five months of the DCFTA+ agreement action between Ukraine and the EU shows that the balance of trade between Ukraine and the EU remains negative and is more than $ 1 billion.
The overall trade balance is also negative. Imports for the first five months of this year dominated by exports to 694 million USD. Last year during the same period exports were low not much (128 million dollars), but dominated by imports.
On the other hand, Ukrainian exports decreased not as fast as last year. During January-May 2016 amounted to 11.5% reduction when compared with the same period last year. In January-May 2015 overall decline in exports was 34.6%.
According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, exports to CIS countries amounted to 20% of the total.
Among which, Russia – still is the main trading partner of Ukraine - accounted for 8.8%. Imports from Russia amount to 12% of total imports. The export to Russia decreased by 36.2% and imports - by 44.2%.
Russia remains the leading trade partner of Ukraine, if we consider individual countries. But the volume of exports and imports on the Russian direction is by an order lower than the volume of trade with the EU (as a union of countries).
As a standalone country, Russia remains the leading trade partner of Ukraine. But the exports and imports total volume to the Russia is much lower than the volume of trade with the EU (as a union of countries).
The main items of Ukrainian exports are metals (3.124 billion USD, including ferrous metals - 2.714 billion dollars), products of vegetable origin (2.934 billion USD, including grain - 2.327 billion USD) and engineering products (1.401 billion USD).
Exports of metals decrease (by over 26% compared with January-May 2015), and exports of agricultural products grow (by 1.7%).
The main Ukrainian imports items remain engineering products (2.767 billion USD), fuel products, - gas and oil, which for the first five months of this year Ukraine has acquired on 2.4 billion USD.
To consider the Ukrainian products competitive on the European market is definitely very difficult. Therein the biggest challenge associated with the DCFTA+ for the Ukrainian manufacturer – to make our product so qualitatively, so they could pass through the strictest competition. If Ukrainian producers follow the rules and regulations both in production and in sales, they will be able to look forward on success.
This and other equally important issues for entrepreneurs, which are already export or just planning to carry out foreign trade activities, discussed participants of the meeting in the Dnipropetrovsk CCI with the participation of a leading expert in this area Mykola Larin.
Workshop participants, the representatives of twenty regional enterprises got practical advices how to work under the DCFTA+, the regime of general preferences, about existing development tools for businesses.
How to enter the foreign trade contract profitably? What to look for? Risks basic mistakes. All of these issues were also discussed in framework of the workshop.
10/08/2016 Study and experience exchange
The next East Invest 2 BSO Academy, devoted to discussion of effective model of a sustainable BSO model, its Income generation and services formation, took place at the IHK Westerham training centre, Germany.
The East Invest 2 Academy is a practice-based training designed specifically for executives and directors from business support organizations (BSOs) and SME associations from the 6 Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
Reflecting specific interests and needs within the EaP BSO/SME associations’ network, the Academy addresses the challenges and problems that the business organizations’ executives encounter, including:
- responding to changing conditions;
- developing strategic partnerships and alliances and exploiting new technologies successfully;
- adapting to increasing competition;
- leading increasingly complex organizations.
The East Invest 2 Academy intensive training focuses on:
- offering practical tools to review business organizations’ practices, strategies, services etc.;
- enhancing ability of the business organizations’ executives to drive organizational growth;
- networking and maximizing exchange between executives from different business organizations;
- bringing together the network - to find project partners; to benchmark; to sound out new ideas!
In order to expand cooperation, experience exchange with colleagues, obtaining new knowledge for later use in its activity, Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry delegated to this education head of the sector of foreign relations and investments of FERD Ms. Olga Bezchasna.
More than thirty representatives of business associations from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine gathered to discuss and listen to the reports from leading European experts in consulting and marketing areas relating, in particular, the definition of new services and tools to attract new members of chambers and associations, improving and optimizing of existing services.
For example, colleagues from South Dublin Chamber and the Estonian Chamber of Commerce shared their experience not only on the quality of service members, and on the use of information resources aimed to help exporters in winning of new markets. Among the practical recommendations received from colleagues and targeted lobbying of local businesses are the next:
- meeting with members of associations involving public bodies that stimulate ongoing dialogue between the government and business;
- mandatory questionnaire on issues in the work members of the Chamber and cooperation with members of business associations;
- definition of individual measures to promote business with individual approach to every member of the Chamber.
European speakers provided the latest information on the conditions and requirements of imports to the EU by demonstrating in practice the work of online search resources, study and analysis of market capacity and volumes on different products in various countries.
24/06/2016 The time-tested friendship and cooperation
This is how we can characterize long-term cooperation between Dnipropetrovsk and Magdeburg Chambers of Commerce & Industry, the official beginning of which was laid in 2009 when the Chambers signed a bilateral cooperation agreement. Regarding the beginning of friendship and trusted relations - all started much earlier.
A regular meeting between old friends - the leaders of Dnipropetrovsk and Magdeburg Chambers of Commerce & Industry – Mr. Vitaliy Zhmurenko and Mr. Wolfgang Maerz, - took place in the framework of the visit of regional delegation to Potsdam to the international partnership forum for environmental and energy technologies «Green Ventures». The result of the negotiations - the delegation from Magdeburg will visit the Dnipro in September this year! The Chamber leaders also agreed the activity continuation of Ukrainian-German Cooperation Office (BCO) in the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the main purpose of which traditionally is to provide effective assistance to businesses and organizations in Germany and in Ukraine in the sphere of business relations and cooperation development, training personnel issues, etc.
Apart from meeting with Magdeburg colleagues, President of Dnipropetrovsk CCI held conversations with the leaders and experts of Potsdam and Cottbus Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Within the «Green Ventures» forum, Dnipropetrovsk delegation had the opportunity to learn the Brandenburg regional strategy in terms of exports and efficient green economy.
The members of the Green Services Providers Committee of Dnipropetrovsk CCI had the opportunity to learn the experience of Potsdam CCI in the sphere of the specialized promotional activities organization, which take place with the active support of the leaders of the Government of the Brandenburg federal state, and aimed for developing of the strategic direction of German industry - the green economy, sustainable energy and environmental protection standards improving.
The President of Potsdam CCI Mrs. Beate Fernengel and several CEOs - Potsdam CCI partners, are going to visit the Dnipro this autumn and hold number of meetings with the leaders of the light industry enterprises and universities - members of Dnipropetrovsk CCI, regional and municipal authorities.
07/06/2016 Pak-Ukraine Relations – A Cooperative Engagement
When Ukraine declared independence, Pakistan was among the first countries to recognize it. The process of establishing formal diplomatic relations was initiated in 1992 and in 1997, Embassy of Pakistan in Kyiv and Embassy of Ukraine in Islamabad were established.
Pakistan and Ukraine have friendly and cooperative relations. However, I believe there is a huge potential that still needs to be tapped to further strengthen our bilateral cooperation. This potential exists in both political as well as economic areas. In this context, our two countries have signed a number of agreements including agreements on trade and economic cooperation, avoidance of double taxation, and establishment of a Joint Inter-Governmental Commission. Many more agreements are being negotiated to provide the basic framework required for deepening our relationship in diverse areas.
I see huge prospects for enhancing our bilateral economic cooperation and, as Ambassador of Pakistan in Ukraine, I have been working to bring people of our two countries closer on all fronts including particularly in area of trade and business. As part of efforts to promote bilateral trade and commercial relationship, Pakistan-Ukraine Business Council (PUBC) under Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has been established. The PUBC is a useful platform facilitating interaction among business community in both countries. We are also in the process of appointing a Pakistani Honorary Consul in Kherson and Odessa regions of Ukraine to promote bilateral trade. Meanwhile, exchange of visits by business community is being facilitated. The Embassy has been working with Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other trade related bodies to encourage and facilitate participation of Ukrainian businesspersons to exhibitions and trade fairs held in Pakistan. We are also working with FPCCI to facilitate visits by Pakistani business community to Ukraine.
Pakistan’s major export items to Ukraine include textile goods, rice and fresh fruits mainly mandarin. The imports from Ukraine range from oil seeds like sun flower, iron and steel including scrap, wheat and its by-products and fertilizer and chemicals. The total trade volume between the two countries rade in recent years has been on the increase. Currently the annual trade turnover stands at around US$ 400 million but there is huge potential that remains untapped. I would like to emphasize that Pakistan produces a range of high quality products that can be marketed in Ukraine. Similarly Ukrainian products have the potential to find a market in Pakistan.
On the investment side, Pakistan would like Ukrainian companies to come and benefit from the opportunities and potential which Pakistan’s growing economy offers particularly in power sector, oil & gas, infrastructure, housing, healthcare, education, information technologies and renewable energy and environmental technologies. Pakistan Board of Investment has been mandated to facilitate and assist foreign investors. Board of Investment will hold investors’ hand to fast track projects under one window.
We continue efforts to broaden bilateral academic exchange and collaboration in the field of research, science and technology. In this context, Embassy is pursuing early finalization of Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Education and Agreement on Equivalence of Degrees to facilitate student and academic exchange between the two countries. In addition, we are working on establishing academic linkages between the institutions of higher learning in both countries. Embassy would focus on facilitating such linkages between universities and institutions of higher education in Dnipropetrovsk regions and their counterpart institutions in Pakistan.
Pakistan and Ukraine are also in the process of negotiating a cultural cooperation agreement that would provide a framework for enhanced cultural activities between the two countries. Meanwhile, Embassy continues to work to introduce Ukrainian people to Pakistan’s cultural heritage by participating in various cultural events e.g. Asia Food & Cultural Festival, International Cultural Festival of Languages and Culture, Annual IWCK bazar etc. Ukrainians have appreciated these cultural events very much. We hope to have more cultural activities in each other’s country once the agreement on cultural cooperation is signed by both sides.
We have around 1500 Pakistanis living in Ukraine. They are contributing to the wellbeing of Ukrainian society. At present we have some 70 students in Ukraine mainly in various medical, engineering and business institutions in major cities of Ukraine like Kiev, Kharkov, Lviv, Vinnytsia etc. Pakistanis do not face any major difficulty in adjusting in Ukraine and while living in Ukraine, all these Pakistanis have a desire that the country comes out of present difficult situation as soon as possible.
At present there are no direct flights between Ukraine and Pakistan. However, we are negotiating an Air Services Agreement that would provide a framework for airlines of both countries to start operating direct flights. For the moment, airlines that transit through Gulf region and Istanbul provide convenient flight options to visit Pakistan.
In the end, I would like to wish all the Ukrainians health and happiness. At the same time, I would like to invite the readers who belong to business and investment community of Dnipropetrovsk region to take advantage of attractive trade and investment opportunities offered by Pakistan’s economy.
I would also like to invite common Ukrainians to visit my country. Pakistan has so many tourist attractions including cultural, historical, archeological and those relating to natural beauty and landscapes. Already some Ukrainian do visit Pakistan for tourism purpose but I would like to host more of them. The Embassy will extend full support in facilitating such visits.
By H.E. Mr. Athar Abbas
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Pakistan in Ukraine
27/05/2016 Step closer to Europe
To develop and to establish new relationships, to build effective partnership, to improve and to strengthen of existing cooperation, to share experience problems of bilateral cooperation. With these purposes the Lithuanian delegation visited Dnipropetrovsk within the framework of the Europe Day celebration in Dnipropetrovsk.
In the Regional State Administration office gathered representatives of government and business institutions, which were greeted by the First Deputy Head of Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration Mr. Oleg Kuzhman and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Lithuania to Ukraine Mr. Marius Janukonis. Business of the region - more than a hundred representatives of companies that attended the meeting on the Dnipro CCI invitation - was represented by the First Vice President of Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry Mrs. Nina Alekhnovych.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Lithuania to Ukraine, in his welcoming speech, noted that Lithuania traditionally is the largest trading partner of Ukraine among the Baltic countries, and Dnipropetrovsk region has the lion's share in the total Ukraine and Lithuania turnover. Such a meeting is aimed not only to establish new relationships between entrepreneurs, but also to provide to regional business information support concerning the nuances of the world's largest market - European.
Lithuanian business delegation was represented by 12 enterprises of education, environment, software development, tourism, trade, agriculture, construction and architecture.
The event program included seminars, presentations, and lectures. One of them was dedicated to the Lithuanian financial and banking sector, financing for business. Director of the Linguistics Department of the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences presented his University to local scientists. Apart, were organized lectures of the “Ecoranga Group” lead manager, dedicated to the issues of “Waste water treatment”, “Utilization of waste, garbage, of rotting wastes”, and “Treatment facilities”.
The representative and leading architect of the ”Projektavimo Sprendimai” company presented the concept of “Airport of the future: a vision of the future airport and architectural solutions for Dnipropetrovsk”.
B2B contacts between Lithuanian and regional businessmen took place at the end of the meeting, during which the representatives of municipal enterprises and local companies presented projects for investment.
Among them are the constructions of solar power station, creating a greenhouse and fish farms, enterprises of solid waste disposal, processing and storage of agricultural products, construction of a residential buildings etc.
Also for Lithuanian investors were presented industrial parks - the areas designated for the construction of various industrial enterprises. Currently in the region there are two: in Krivyy Rih and Pavlograd.
19/04/2016 A new stage in Ukrainian-Austrian relations
The President and First Vice-President of Dnipropetrovsk CCI Vitaliy Zhmurenko and Nina Alekhnovych visited the opening ceremony of the Honorary Consulate of Austria in Dnipropetrovsk.
For today in our region has been acting the Honorary Consulates of Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany and Lithuania, and the Austrian office is the fifth European diplomatic office in Dnipropetrovsk.
In his welcoming speech to the newly elected Honorary Consul of Austria in Dnipropetrovsk, President of Dnipro CCI emphasized the importance of this event for the regional business community. Valery Kiptyk for many years is a member of the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry Presidium, as well as he is a member of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce & Industry Council, his companies are the Chambers’ general partners.
In this event took part leaders of regional authorities, Ms. Hermine Poppeller, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Austria to Ukraine, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Donetsk Mr. Wolfgang Moessinger.
In her welcoming speech to the audience Ms. Hermine Poppeller underlined, that Dnipropetrovsk is an important city for cooperation, which is actively developing, has a strong potential for foreign investors.
"I am sure that relations between Dnipropetrovsk and Austria will further deepen and strengthen. The Consulate will become a bridge for expanding cooperation between our countries and regions, the meeting place for the media, cultural and humanitarian projects. Together we will make our countries closer, " – said Ms. Poppeller.
30/03/2016 The Environment and Energy Experts united to promote creation of the regional economy green system modernization
A preparatory meeting of the Committee of green services providers, which will be formally established in April of this year on the basis of the largest business association in the region – the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry, held this month at the Chamber.
24 experts – representatives of leading regional organizations, engaged in the sphere of energy efficiency and ecology, alternative and high-energy / production management and leading engineering companies, specialized departments of Dnipropetrovsk Universities, NGOs working in the field of solving environmental problems and monitoring of the environment, development of green startups, management of environmental management and ecology of the Dnipropetrovsk regional state administration, representatives of the Program to promote green modernization of Ukrainian economy of German international cooperation office GIZ GmbH and Dnipropetrovsk CCI discussed joint efforts to promote the competitiveness of enterprises of Dnipropetrovsk region, improving the ecological situation in the region, reducing of excessive consumption of natural resources, proximity to European standards of energy efficiency, careful treatment to the environment and sustainable development.
During this meeting the information concerning funding opportunities of green business projects in Dnipropetrovsk region within the Integrated Development Private Partnership (IDPP) was announced, the goal of which - implementing to the regional economy innovative technologies with a positive effect on the environment. Competition of ideas for such a project initiated by the Program to promote green modernization of Ukrainian economy of German international cooperation office GIZ GmbH.
All participants emphasized the importance of creation a proper network of associates and comprehensive attraction to cooperation of enterprises of Dnipropetrovsk region, professional consulting and expert companies, certification bodies, installers of resource-efficient equipment / technology, financial institutions and civil society, science and government exactly on the platform of the regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Be a follower of our green services team!
The «Green Chamber - initiative for sustainable development» project (www.greenchamber.org.ua) is implemented by the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry under the support of Program to promote green modernization of Ukrainian economy of German international cooperation office GIZ GmbH., on behalf of German Government
Project aims and objectives:
1. To promote the green economy ideas and the formation of the regional market of green services via:
- raising of awareness of the local business environment about the green economy possibilities;
- initiating of a constructive dialogue between providers of services and green enterprises, consumers, creating of an effective partnership professional platform on the basis of Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce;
- assistance in forming of ecological market of business consulting services of providers due the popularization of the green economy ideology, it’s advantages and opportunities promotion among users - industrial enterprises and business environment.
2. To strengthen the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry capacity as a platform to build effective dialogue between green services players: providers, enterprise-customers-consumers, government, society, as well as to expand the range of specialized Chamber’s services.
18/03/2016 Education of entrepreneurs, as a part of the UNDP Project, is continuing
Regular seminars on legal and financial aspects of doing business for entrepreneurs - beginners from Donetsk and Lugansk regions, which received funding for restoration or development of business activities within the framework of the UNDP small grants for entrepreneurs program, were held in Dnipropetrovsk.
Consultants on financial and legal issues Gennadiy Golovko and Marianna Belkina tried to cover as many as possible topics related to general legal issues for businesses and the simplified tax system in Ukraine.
The opportunity to learn, appeared due to the Voucher Program, implemented within the UNDP Project "Rapid Response to the Social and Economic Issues of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine" with the financial support of the Government of Japan. The implementing partner in the region is Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
During meetings entrepreneurs had the opportunity to get consultations with leading experts in specific business fields, to discuss issues that are often common to all, to share common solutions etc.
09/02/2016 What are the main barriers for Ukrainian export: businesses point of view
Among the main problems of domestic exporters are: the absence of financial support mechanisms, the customs and logistics procedures which are complicated, absolutely non-competitive by quality and cost, ineffective policy of protecting the interests of domestic producers etc. All this was discussed during a visiting session of Export Promotion Council under the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, held in Dnipropetrovsk.
The event gathered the President of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Gennadiy Chyzhykov, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine – Trade Representative of Ukraine Nataliia Mykolska, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine on European Integration Vladyslava Rutytska, heads of relevant departments of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, businesses of Dnipropetrovsk and nearby regions.
The representatives of governmental institutions in their speeches presented the state export support instruments for SMEs which eliminate foreign markets barriers and discussed with entrepreneurs issues and problems, which business has in promoting their products to the EU, US and Canadian markets.
The President of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Gennadiy Chyzhykov invited entrepreneurs use actively the available business support tools which UCCI and its regional offices have at their disposal.
President of Dnipropetrovsk CCI Vitaliy Zhmurenko, who moderated the meeting, emphasized the importance and necessity of such discussions for uniting of government and business joint efforts to help exporters.
23/11/2015 New opportunities for cooperation with Germany
Saxony-Anhalt is interested in qualified specialists from the Dnipropetrovsk region. This was announced by government minister of the federal grounds Rainer Robra during a meeting at the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where the opportunity to find temporary work places for Ukrainian citizens with a middle specialist education at enterprises of Eastern Germany.
«The Dnipropetrovsk and Magdeburg CCI have already begun preparation for initiation of the project with work placement. A structured list of available vacancies at German enterprises has already been formed. These are mechanics, specialists for maintenance of electronіc technical equipment, operators of machinery with a numeral programming provision, medical workers, etc. The circle of interested enterprises is being decided upon, requirements for candidates and work conditions are being specified», – noted President of Dnipro CCI Vitaliy Zhmurenko.
18/11/2015 What does RECP mean?
Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry organized for regional enterprises - providers of green services the unique opportunity to delegate the technical staff for training course on implementation of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) by the UNIDO methodology.
Training was conducted within the framework of promoting Green Economy Programme to support ecological modernisation of the Ukrainian economy, which implements by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Government.
During event opening Vice President of the Dnipro CCI Sergiy Kucheryavenko declared that the trainings will not be limited only by the theory lessons, but also involve visits to regional leading companies, on the manufacturing facilities of which the practical trainings will take place.
The introductory seminar course concerned the general principles of the RECP concept. Director of the Center of resource-efficient and cleaner production Igor Shylovych presented for participants the UN project for UNIDO Industrial Development.
CEO and expert of the Center Taras Sakalosh and Yuri Haydayenko informed about the purpose of the introduction of clean production techniques, recommendations for the organization of work of national exporters.
The main message of their performances - the idea of cleaner production is that all processes in the company can be improved so that not only to reduce waste and environmental pollution, but also to maintain or obtain additional economic benefit.
06/11/2015 Tax reform - business view
President of Dnipropetrovsk CCI Vitaliy Zhmurenko and members of the regional business community joined the public discussion within the project "National dialogue: discussion about the tax reform concept " with the participation of Deputy Minister of Finance of Ukraine Olena Makeyeva.
For the general discussion was carried off the project developed by exactly the Ministry of Finance. Olena Makeyeva informed that the planned transformation in any case will not be at the expenses of the poor people and pensioners.
It is mandatory to create equal conditions for businesses and simplify tax administration. That is why the basis of the principle of the proposed reform laid down “flat” tax rate - VAT, corporate and individual income tax and Single Social Contribution rate will be 20% each.
Most of the comments were concerned the business problems that was accumulating in this area over the years - an opaque administration, the tax burden etc. There was also hard critic. Representatives of small and medium enterprises emphasized the necessity of creating of a particular taxation model for SMEs because, in their view, the new reform ignores their needs and mainly focused on the interests of big business.
The draft of Tax Code of Ukraine is still being supplemented; many points are to be changed. It is possible that it will be announced together with the draft of the State Budget in January 2016.
Key facts about the project "National dialogue: discussion about the tax reform concept ":
- Is carried out at the initiative of Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatseniuk;
- The organizers - the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine together with Ukrainian media centre of reforms with the support of "Renaissance" foundation;
- Involves a public discussion with representatives of the expert community, business and society in Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Kyiv.
Dialogue with the Polish colleagues.
During a meeting Andrzej Drozd presented the Polish-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce activities, which now unites about 450 members and has head offices in Warsaw and Kiev, units in Katowice, Lublin, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk. He also shared with the Chamber’s plans regarding intentions to arrange a series of educational business activities which will assist to business development in Ukraine.
Krzysztof Latka presented Lublin free economic zone, offices servicing activities of investors and incubators (about 20 in the city), cooperation within the "Eastern Partnership", the work of the International Exhibition Centre. He emphasized the priority of the project "Lublin - the gate to Poland", which is promising for the Ukrainian enterprises on its way to the Polish and the EU market.
Robert Zakrewski told about the economic potential of the city which he represents, more detailed about the most developed areas: the manufacture of furniture, metal structures, design of private aircraft, and machinery for agriculture.
In conclusion the parties agreed to send each other additional suggestions and propositions for dialogue continuation.
Ecological management on regional enterprises
Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry launched series of specialized practical ecological seminars, the main aim of which - to increase professional level of ecology experts, to introduce them with legislation and licensing system changes, with management methods in the enterprise, establishing the procedure of internal operation of relevant specialists.
During first seminar qualified speakers - representatives of state agencies, of project organizations on the Environment and Nature, scientists and environmentalists practices, discussed the current implementation of electronic system of licensing procedures in the field of waste management.
Participants had the opportunity to test new web resources, review the rules, required documents, to get the information and submit an electronic declaration waste on-line on site of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine (http://menr.in.ua).
Practical aspects of partnership with the EU
At the beginning of September, Dnipropetrovs’k Chamber of Commerce and Industry supported by the government of the United Kingdom launched the project that involves carrying out series of free informational and practical workshops covering a vast range of trade and economic issues on the way towards the EU.
The first two of five workshops conducted in the reporting period by the expert-analyst, director of International Institute of Business Galina Perepelitsa and director of the Department of Issues of Standardization, Technical Adjustment, Certification and Balanced natural resource management of the Ukrainian CCI Ol’ga Marushevs’ka – “Practical aspects of partnership with the EU”.
The next workshop devoted to the peculiarities of the tax system of the EU was divided into three parts: tax policy of the European Union, its directives in this sphere, regulation of transfer pricing etc.; basic principles and stages of development of VAT system in the EU, operations, which are subjected to taxation, and rules of application of Taxpayer Identification Number, system of excise duty payment on different sorts of production (alcohol, tobacco, electric power), juridical frames of implementation of electrical trade in the EU etc. As an example, the audience has been familiarized with tax system of Estonia. It was assisted by the lecturers – Lina Novikova, Marianna Bielkina, Olena Boboshko – the experts-practician from the juridical company FTL Assistance, which, in fact, engaged in tax planning for Ukrainian companies interested in cooperation with European countries.
The continuation of the subject was during another workshop “European jurisdictions as the mechanism of business optimization”. The lecturers - director of FTL Assistance Lina Novikova and chief consultant of BTP Group Olena Kuznetchikova shared their experience how to run your own business using registered in the EU companies; they made comparative analysis of the most popular and effective European jurisdictions; explicated the principles of business-models organization, opening and using accounts in European banks, getting the European habitation certificate.
Ghanna Venda, the founder of the Polish company ModernWay reported during online conference about the requirements to the companies and their activity, taxation in Poland.
The fifth workshop on “Protection of intellectual property rights of Ukrainian enterprises while entering the EU market” took place with Ukrainian and foreign experts-patricians. The workshop considered expected changes to the Ukrainian legislation due to the Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement signing; basic regulations of the European Union in the sphere of intellectual property, the Polish experience in this segment, practical tips to Ukrainian businessmen, the European Patent, technology protection in the EU; intellectual property objects audit end export etc.
Director of the company “IPStyle” Mariya Ortyns’ka, who is also the patent attorney of Ukraine reported as a lecturer about the peculiarities of the registration of trademarks, patenting of inventions, utility models and industrial samples in the EU.
She paid attention of regional entrepreneurs to that Paragraph 9 of the Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement was completely devoted to intellectual property. According to the part 3 of the Article 202 of this document, Ukraine is obligated to protect the geographical indications. About three thousand European item names soon will be prohibited to use in names of Ukrainian products. These changes, first of all, will influence alcohol production manufacturers. Ten years transition period is set for them, during which such titles as Champaign, Cognac, Madeira, Porto, Sherry, Calvados, Grappa, Portuguese anise, Armagnac, Marsala, Malaga, Tokaji, Czech beer should be deleted from Ukrainian products names. Milk and cheese producers prevent using such titles as Parmesan, Roquefort, Feta during a period of seven years. Actually, Ukrainian geographical indications are provided with high level of legal security. Our manufacturers have a right to highlight the originality and territorial specialty of their goods.
Positive changes, contained in the Agreement, include the increase of trademark non-use period for previous cessation of certificate from 3 to 5 years. And the fact that Ukraine committed to open access to the electronic database of submissions for trademarks registration, gives the opportunity to follow applications submitted in violation of the rights, in time complaint against violators at the stage of registration makes assessment process of registration trademark usefulness cheaper. Today, such information can be obtained only in a branch of the National Enterprise “Institute of industrial property” (Ukrpatent), it costs more than 720 UAH.
Practical examples were considered too. Partners IPStyle Poland - Patent AOMP Polska Z.o.o shared their experience in the field of intellectual property.
Deputy Ambassador of the United Kingdom Martin Day, drawing up the transitional results of studying, determined its main goal not only as explanation of practical aspects of collaboration with the EU, but also as a possibility to demonstrate to Ukrainian companies that it is possible to be successful on this market and free trade can be mutually beneficial.
The motto of a new project – “Stronger together!”. Methodical references with step-by-step algorithm of actions, based on results of each workshop for entrepreneurs’ assistance are available at web-sites of Dnipropetrovs’k Chamber of Commerce and Industry and some other regional Chambers.
Achievements of the Regional economy
Among the most important achievements of the Dnipropetrovs’k region in the year 2014 are:
- increasing of tempo of involvement of direct investments in economy. It has been earned almost $180 million from the beginning of the year, and the total volume amounts to $8 billion. Thus the region keeps by rights the status of investment gateway of the country.
- active implementation of important regional projects mutually with United States Agency for International Development “USAID”, European Union, UN, the World Bank (Ukrainian Social Investment Fund), government of Canada .
- improvement of financial activities of the national enterprises.
Dnipropetrovs’k Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where more than a half about 900 of its members are enterprises of real production sector, is proud with these labor achievements and sets new goals for itself in the sphere of supporting the business.
Regional business on the eve of the European market
Dnipropetrovs’k hosted the large conference on issues of prospects for business in Ukraine in framework of signed an agreement with the EU.
To help businesses as soon as possible enter to the open door, to adapt and work effectively Dnipropetrovs’k Regional State Administration, Regional Council, Regional Chamber of Commerce and Ukrainian CCI gathered more than 600 representatives of large companies, small and medium enterprises to large-scale conference "Prospects for business in Ukraine in framework of signed an agreement with the EU " with leading national experts. The event was organized for the implementation of the recently signed quadripartite Memorandum of Understanding between business associations (Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Dnipropetrovs’k CCI) and regional authorities (Regional State Administration and Regional Council).
Conference was moderated by the president of the Dnipropetrovs’k Chamber of Commerce & Industry Vitaliy Zhmurenko. He said that Dnipropetrovs’k region has the potential for the revitalization of businesses, creating new jobs, attracting investment, the return of lost economic position and rapid build-up of the economy, leading to increased social benefits. These processes go faster if more people will turn to them.
The participants were also welcomed by the Chairman of Dnipropetrovs’k Regional Council Eugene Udod, President of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Gennadiy Chyzhykov, Deputy Governor Stanislav Molokov and the mayor of Dnipropetrovs’k Ivan Kulichenko.
During the conference, which consisted of 5 blocks, were observed the following questions:
- Opportunities for Ukrainian exports to EU markets;
- Investing to the Ukrainian economy at this stage;
- Customs issues in the context of the implementation of EU legislation;
- Practical assistance to exporters from the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in framework of an agreement with the EU.
After the conference, participants had the possibilities to read the information resources on these topics, get answers to all questions in the consultation centers organized in the registration area.