24/03/2017 The opening of a representative office - as a prerequisite for intensification of bilateral relations with the region
The Estonian delegation headed by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in Ukraine Gert Antsu visited the Dnipropetrovsk region.
The program of the visit included a meeting with management of the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well.
During the conversation with the Estonian delegation, which besides the Ambassador, consisted of the First Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in Ukraine Helen Ennok and Project Coordinator, Humanitarian Assistance and Development Cooperation of the Embassy Anastasiia Mykhailova, President of the Dnipropetrovsk CCI Vitaliy Zhmurenko reminded the history of relations between regional business and Estonian partners, and confirmed readiness of the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry to host the delegation of the Estonian businessmen during 2017 with arrangement of their presentations and visits to enterprises of Dnipro.
Both parties discussed the necessity to intensify bilateral trade and economic relations. Taking into account the experience of Lithuanian Honorary Consulate, Honorary Consulate of Czech Republic, Austria, German Consulate General in Dnipro, whose activity in the region is very high, establishing of Estonian representative office will help with such cooperation.
Traditionally Vitaliy Zhmurenko presented to the Ambassador export offers of the Dnipropetrovsk enterprises and asked to inform the Estonian businessmen about the readiness of our exporters to explore new markets.
21/03/2017 Results of resource-efficient initiatives competition among enterprises and scientists of the Dnipropetrovsk region «Green impulse. GreenChamberAward»
The Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Council with support of the German Government initiated a competition of resource-efficient initiatives among enterprises and scientists of the Dnipropetrovsk region «Green impulse. Green Chamber Award». In consortium with the Dnipropetrovsk investment agency, the Council of rectors of higher educational institutions of the Dnipropetrovsk region, the Federation of organizations of employers in the Dnipropetrovsk region on November 15, 2016 it was announced the start of the event under the motto: «Efficiency, aimed at business development with concern for the environment».
35 enterprises and scientists of the region, which develop and implement projects and initiatives, aimed at efficient use of resources, applied for participation in the competition. Among them were large industrial enterprises, small and medium businesses - suppliers of resource-efficient equipment or energy and resource-efficient, environmental conservation services providers, as well as scientists. 26 applications were allowed for participation in accordance with the tender criteria.
For the Competition Commission, which consisted of well-known specialized experts, scholars, entrepreneurs and leaders of business associations, management of the Dnepropetrovsk investment agency was difficult to choose the winners among so many competing initiatives. During the month, after several stages of careful consideration of applications, six winners of the contest were selected:
1) The Dnipro Metallurgical Plant named after Dzerzhinsky, PJSC was recognized as a winner in the category - «The best industrial enterprise project» with its project - «Construction of the complex for preparation and pulverized coal injection, to replace imported natural gas to pulverized coal». Director - Vyacheslav Mospan;
2) The State Enterprise «Scientific-Production Association «Pavlohrad Chemical Plant» was recognized as a winner for the nomination - «The best social project of an industrial enterprise» with its project - «Reconstruction of the «Youth» sport complex with construction of a swimming pool». Director - Leonid Shyman;
3) The following projects won in the category «The best project of a small and medium enterprise»:
- the third place was awarded to a company AhroEnerhoPlus Ltd. with its project - «Substantiation of bio herbicidal energy crops growth technology for the purpose of recultivation of contaminated land and replacement of natural gas to biofuels». Director - Dmitry Demin.
- the second place was awarded to the project «Building of a system of collection and further utilization of landfill biogas with producing electricity and heating energy at a cogeneration power plant with capacity 0,72-0,8 MW, processing straw into disposable eco package and eco ware at a landfill near Podgorodnoye city». The project was offered by a company «InEkoTeh Ukraine» Director - Vladimyr Gavrilov;
- the first place was taken by an engineering company «WTC Komplekt» with its project «SaveHouse Ukraine – Energy-efficient house». Director - Vadim Ryzhov.
4) In the category «The best project of a scientific institution» a winner was the National Metallurgical Academy of Ukraine with its project «Production and use of innovative carbon-based materials based on biomass and industrial waste of metal production to reduce cost for non-renewable energy sources and for the use in energy capacitive metal technologies». Vice-principal - Yuriy Proydak.
The winners were awarded by the deputy head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional council Vladimir Tyurin and the President of the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vitaliy Zhmurenko during the final conference of the project of the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry «Green Chamber. Initiative for sustainable development », implementation of which became possible by support of the Programme to support the green modernisation of the Ukrainian economy, which performed by the German Society for International Cooperation GIZ GmbH on behalf of the German Government.
07/03/2017 Dnipropetrovsk region’s potential and opportunities as the major impetus for development of the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry
«There is the huge responsibility on the shoulders of the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry, because this is almost the onliest organization in the region that can unite business. It is time to think about a new model of organization based on business needs and current trends» - said Gennady Chizhikov, President of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, during a Council meeting held at the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
«A Сhamber of Commerce and Industry is the first one in a rank of influence among institutions which represent interests of businesses at the national and regional levels, constantly increasing its role as an arbitration organization. A Chamber supports effective communication between government and business as well. I am glad that Dnipropetrovsk authorities’ representatives quickly react to our suggestions and it has been accepted by the Regional Administration and Regional Council to support a number of activities planned for arrangement in Italy and South Korea.
I congratulate Dnipropetrovsk entrepreneurs with a new achievement of your Chamber – among fifteen business support centers which will launch their activity soon in our country’s regions - a modern infrastructure for support of small and medium enterprises in the framework of the EU initiative - EU4BUSINESS will start its work at the Dnipropetrovsk CCI and in partnership with the Chamber» - added Gennady Chizhikov.
Traditionally the report of the Dnipropetrovsk CCI’s President Vitaly Zhmurenko as for working results achieved in 2016 and activity plans for 2017 was listened during the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry Council meeting. Participants talked and shared their opinions and made suggestions as for Chambers activity improvement. In general, the outgoing year turned out to be fruitful with achievements for the largest business association in Dnipropetrovsk.
The Dnipropetrovsk CCI still remains a leader within the system of Chambers of Commerce and Industry according to many indicators. From year to year, it demonstrates its effective support to business of one of the most powerful regions of Ukraine.
«The regional authority is ready for cooperation with business, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and we do our best, using various levers of state support, so that you feel it» - said Oleh Kuzhman, First Deputy Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration in his greeting speech to Council members of the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
« Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration Valentyn Reznichenko declared the year 2017 as an export year for the region. We are ready to use all tools (presentations, workshops, investors support, studying the mechanism of compensation of interest rates for SMEs loans, etc.) for export and business growth then to provide additional revenue to the region»- said Oleh Kuzhman.
Head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional council Glyb Prygunov assured that the Regional Council always demonstrated and will demonstrate its support for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and business of the region as well.
«We have the only aim and identical direction. We all work to strengthen the position of the Dnipropetrovsk region on the national level and international arena»- he emphasized.
Council members – businessmen of the region expressed their opinion as for the last working year of the Chamber. In general, the activity of the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry was recognized as one that met general objectives and concepts. All suggestions and remarks from business were listened and will be studied soon.
A pleasant part of the meeting was distributing rewards to partners of the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
27/02/2017 Sincere dialogue with exporters
took place in the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry and invited representatives of business, government, customs, fiscal authorities, experts in this field and the Chamber of Commerce & Industry representatives to discuss and share opinions on current problems and exports obstacles.
Such meeting became possible thanks to cooperation between the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (Kyiv) within the «Trade Facilitation Dialogue» project, which is supported by the European Union.
In his greeting speech, President of the Dnipropetrovsk CCI Vitaliy Zhmurenko thanked to the project, speakers, regional customs and fiscal authorities for finding time to come and to listen to business, and, what is the most important, for their willingness to discuss and respond to current issues.
«We continue to insist that such meetings should be regular and the Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry is ready to be an initiator, organizer and a platform for such discussions» - said Vitaliy Zhmurenko.
First Deputy Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration Oleg Kuzhman invited businesses to cooperate in the framework of newly established Council for Export Development, which included representatives of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry, taxation, customs, veterinary services and other government agencies related to export. The main task of the advisory body - first of all - to assist businesses in establishing new business contacts, as quickly as possible getting permits and efficiently solving other issues.
«The authorities are ready for dialogue and make everything possible to reduce the influence of bureaucratic obstacles for entrepreneurs who want to develop export» – emphasized Mr. Kuzhman.
The meeting moderator - Andriy Butin, а project representative, Senior Research Fellow of the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting, - informed about the «Trade Facilitation Dialogue» project opportunities and achievements, presented results of a survey conducted among enterprises and which was prepares by the Institute to define main trade barriers.
Among top three barriers to exports - unpredictable Ukrainian trade policy, insufficient quality level of transport infrastructure and unfavourable currency regulation.
Among others negative factors for importers are the lack of transparency of customs value definition for imported goods; the complexity of customs and tax regulations, and again - unfavourable currency regulation.
The meeting was attended by the deputy chief of the Dnipropetrovsk Customs Service of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine in the Dnipropetrovsk region Igor Dyba and head of the Organization Department of the General Division of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine in the Dnipropetrovsk region Manushak Osypova.
Igor Dyba told about opportunities, advantages and disadvantages of existing today electronic system «Single Window», which was created to simplify the process and save time of passing goods through customs, answered to numerous questions.
For information: Since the 1st of August 2016 it was implemented a new system of filing documents with the clearance of cargoes «Single Window» at the customs. Therefore, customs officers together with other government agencies involved in the control of imports, exports and transit, act cohesively using unified electronic system.
Manushak Osypova reported about regional fiscal authorities’ work, aimed to ensure revenues to budgets of all levels. She responded to a number of questions related to the tax law, invited business, if they have any questions to apply immediately to regional fiscal offices.
Speakers' presentations from Kyiv were interesting and useful for business as well. Oleksiy Doroshenko - CEO of the Association of retail networks suppliers, deputy of the Kyiv regional council - answered questions and shared practical aspects, based on Ukrainian exporters’ experience, about how to get Ukrainian food products into the EU retail networks.
Lev Bayazitov – a representative of the Deputy Chairman of the Interdepartmental Working Group on facilitation of international trade and logistics in Ukraine offered his vision of a mechanism of «Single Window» applied by the Customs. Also he told about current state, problems and prospects of implementation of the system.
In the whole, the round table was attended by nearly fifty entrepreneurs from Dnipro, Kriviy Rih, Kamianske, Zhovty Vodi and Pavlohrad.
03/02/2017 European ecology standards in the Dnipropetrovsk region
Vice President, head of the Foreign Economic Relations Department of the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry, head of the «Green Chamber - Initiative for Sustainable Development» project, which, since December 2015, is implemented by the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry under the support of the Program of promoting green modernization of the Ukrainian economy, which is executed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government, Sergiy Kucheryavenko took part in the meeting, which was held at the Dnipropetrovsk regional council.
To discuss environmental issues and international cooperation in this area, there were invited head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional council Hlib Prygunov, First Secretary of the German Embassy in Ukraine Sebastian Knoke, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Donetsk with temporary location in the city of Dnipro Wolfgang Messinger, representatives of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, leaders of regional institutions.
The Dnipropetrovsk region is the first among regions of Ukraine, where «green» modernization of the economy is implemented on industrial facilities. This European approach allows solve a number of industrial environmental problems in the region, to provide «green» light to foreign investment in Ukraine and to train Ukrainian enterprises to work considering world operational standards.
Last year the Dnipropetrovsk delegation visited Germany, where gained the experience on the waste processing plants. German experience formed the basis of the regional solid waste management strategy. Series of activities were conducted: forums and seminars for businessmen, managers of municipal enterprises on which trained how to implement «green» technologies in the work of organizations and businesses.
Another area of work towards «green» modernization is solution of the problem of Kryvbas highly mineralized mine waters. Already been developed technical terms for the project preparation entitled: «Optimization of mine water surplus discharges and their partial or total recycling».
The final version of the technical terms was announced among process participants. In February will be announced the winners among the German companies, which will prepare technical and economic substantiation of the project, how safe and ecologically solve the highly mineralized waste water problem. Among the most acceptable options - water flushing and cleaning of the Ingulets River channel.
The parties also discussed prospects of cooperation expanding. In particular, they talked about collaboration in the contest of energy saving projects of local governments and united local communities, creation by German businesses new jobs in the Dnipropetrovsk region, particularly in the agricultural sector, implementation of alternative facilities of energy by converting of plant waste to biofuel. In turn, the German party proposed participation in the new program for the know-how exchange between the cities of Ukraine and Germany. It provides for experience exchange in Ukrainian cities interested in projects in different spheres of life.
15/12/2016 Development of the organic and eco-products market in the Dnipropetrovsk region
For many years the environmental market is positioning itself as one of the most promising sectors of the economy, its formation is considered as one of the important directions in solving the problems of sustainable development. Business began to consider environmentally oriented production - as a promising area of development, and in some cases - as the only option for survival.
Leading global manufacturers have in their assortment environmental features of famous brands, new companies are trying to gain a foothold in the market with innovative earth-friendly products and services. Aimed to support reputation a growing number of companies expand their environmental standards to the full chain of expensive production activities.
The training seminar that was devoted to topical for today subject and initiated by the Department of economic development of the Dnipropetrovsk regional stage administration, held in the Dnipro district.
The Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry - the organizer of the seminar, - invited more than fifty entrepreneurs who want to work knowingly considering the current trends and consumers’ demands.
The event speaker and moderator, - Svitlana Berzina, an international environmental auditor, vice president of the Institute for environmental management and sustainable environmental management, deputy head of the National Technical Committee for Standardization TC 82 “Protection of the environment”, Kyiv, - informed the participants about principles and teaching methods of organic production and organic market trends in Ukraine and in the world as well as the current legislation, rules (standards), methods of evaluation and the best practices of organically certified products promotion on national and international markets.
Special attention was paid to appliance of organic labeling rules and business entities responsibilities for their violations.
Also during the event were considered issues of environmental certification rules and environmental labeling principles and declarations appliance. The results of comparative analysis of the requirements of organic standards and ecological criteria that establish requirements for environmental certification of food products in order to implement environmental labeling were also discussed.
“And organic and environmental certification systems are based on the method of evaluating lifecycle and improved product characteristics. However, there are some fundamental differences in requirements. It is important to understand: standards of these systems are not mutually exclusive, but differ in their requirements for production processes, products certification and evaluation methods. Which ones to choose for itself determine the manufacturer, considering its technical and technological capabilities, combined with the ability to provide the necessary supplies of organic raw materials or achievement of compliance with environmental standards. Any way, it is important to understand the main thing - it is a voluntary standard and because of it is voluntary, not everyone can fulfill its requirements. The voluntary standard does not duplicate government regulations, it allows identify better product quality and improved safety indicators, supporting its competitive advantages.” - said the speaker.
Head of the Division of the Economic Development Department of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration Alla Kefel informed participants about the implementation of regional programs for SMEs in the Dnipropetrovsk region in the years 2015-2016, which initiated by the regional state administration, as well as the next steps in the program implementation scheduled in cooperation with the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Nikopol and Tsarychanka.
Vice President, head of the Foreign Economic Relations Department of the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sergiy Kucheryavenko traditionally called entrepreneurs use the opportunities offered today from both the regional authorities and the Chamber of Commerce as well as from international donor organizations, which work in our region today, which in turn, configured to support Ukrainian manufacturers in their aspirations to implement quality standards in their work.
05/12/2016 Green Economy: risks and challenges
Vice President of the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sergiy Kucheryavenko called the audience - members of the round table held in the city of Dnipro, and was devoted to challenges and risks of regional green economy, to use advantages of already existing tools offered by the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry aimed to assist businesses to conduct energy efficiency on the enterprises.
Round table "Green Economy: Risks and Challenges" launched of a cycle of activities under the project "Creation of favorable conditions for green economic modernization in the Dnipropetrovsk region", implemented by the NGO "Green World - Friends of the Earth" with the support of the German International Cooperation Agency GIZ, and in cooperation with the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration and Dnipropetrovsk regional council. The project is a part of the promotion of green modernization of the Ukrainian economy, which implemented by the German International Cooperation Agency GIZ.
Oleksiy Anhurets, project coordinator and moderator of the event, said: “Management system, that still dominates in the Dnipropetrovsk region was created in Soviet industrialization period and does not meet modern conditions. Green economy - as a style of management that provides welfare through significant reduction of risks of environmental change may be the new model that will allow Ukraine to become competitive in the modern world”.
Peter Shmal, Deputy Consul General of Germany in Donetsk, by his speech has set up audience for fruitful work.
Ruslan Strilets, director of environment and natural resources department of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration, spoke about new opportunities for Ukrainian industry, about cooperation with the government institutions.
During meeting were discussed the regulatory base existing barriers which constrain the green economy modernization.
The main meeting feature - under the one roof gathered the green movement leading experts together with representatives of top 20 areas polluters which became active participants in discussion of barriers of green economy implementation.
24/11/2016 We comply with international standards
We congratulate all of us with the next significant achievement - the recognition of the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry as an organization for which the quality of services is a fundamental principle and which complies with the international standard ISO 9001:2015. We wish to the whole Chambers’ team creative inspiration and further professional achievements!
The Presidium of the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry
21/11/2016 Promotion of green services in the region
Regional energy service companies as well as CCI experts, which are involved to the providing of energy saving and environmental protection services, gathered again in the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry office to analyze green services market.
They learned to search target audience, potential customers, to analyze their risks and strengths in constructing dialogue with prospective customers, discussed prospects of joint projects realization and integrated positioning of the green services of participants of the "Green Chamber - Initiative for Sustainable Development" project, which, since December 2015, is implemented by the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry under the support of the Program of promoting green modernization of the Ukrainian economy, which is executed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government.
For Ukraine "coming" of these concepts in our daily lives (especially in energy management, energy audit, energy consulting, green services) connected on the one hand, - with a transition of national economy to a market economy, and more closely integration of our country into the European and global economic processes, - on the other hand, in view of the experience of energy crisis, dependence on energy imports (oil, gas).
Today the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry is one of key regional partners of the Program of promoting green modernization of the Ukrainian economy, implemented by the German International Cooperation GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Government, is part of the green process and promotion of its basic principles in the Dnipropetrovsk region.
Unfavorable ecological situation in our region, lack of cheap resources has forced many managers to think about tomorrow.
We analyzed the possibilities and plans of activities under the Ukrainian CCI strategy 2020 and developed a services portfolio, among others the most perspective we have identified development services in the field of environment and energy efficiency.
Since December 2015, under support of the German International Cooperation GIZ started the Dnipropetrovsk CCI project "Green Chamber - Initiative for Sustainable Development", developed in accordance with the proposals of regional enterprises.
Our main tasks in framework of the project - to increase potential of the Dnipropetrovsk CCI - as a platform for building effective dialogue of green services market participants: providers and enterprises, consumers of these services as well as to expand the range of specialized services of the Chamber, actively contributing to promotion of green economy idea and formation of a regional green services market.
Since July 2016 with the purpose of consistent proactive work with companies and government agencies in the region, for improving of environmental standards and use of modern technologies, European practices of environmental management, elimination of technical barriers to the development of export potential of companies in the region in the Dnipropetrovsk CCI was established the Centre of resource efficiency and ecology.
Our expert services will allow providing to enterprises high quality state statistical reports on the environment, including:
- Report on formation, processing and waste utilization of I-III danger classes (Waste Management, form number 1);
- Report on air protection (form № 2-TP air);
- Report on water use (form number 2 - water industry TP);
- Report on the costs of environmental protection and environmental payments (Form №1 - environmental costs).
Experts and partners of the Centre of resource efficiency and ecology of the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry promptly provide advice and services regarding of ecological components of the enterprises activity, on issues of ecological certification and labeling products, building of the system of energy management, of expertise - energy audit in the following areas: heating, ventilation and air conditioning, water supply and water preparation, wastewater treatment, power supply, control and measuring devices and equipment, gas supply, technical diagnostics of energy infrastructure and neighboring industry and administrative buildings.
Contacts of the Centre of resource efficiency and ecology of the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry: tel/fax: +380 (56) 374-94-09, firstname.lastname@example.org.
07/11/2016 Creating of national business competitiveness through trade policy instruments
- is the next topic chosen for discussion by business representatives within the Trade Facilitation Dialogue, implemented by the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (Kyiv), supported by the European Union. The Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry acted traditionally as a platform for carrying out the dialogue.
Nina Alekhnovych, the First Vice President of the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in her greeting to participants, thanked businessmen for their activity as well as speakers of the project for their effective support to local entrepreneurs. «Such projects give an opportunity to obtain new knowledge from leading experts in the European integration process», - she said.
The workshop, dedicated to the use of trade defence instruments (anti-dumping, countervailing and special safeguard measures), gathered more than 30 regional participants.
Olga Mozgova, a project manager of UkrAgroConsult Center Ltd, Andriy Butin, a representative of the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting, Maria Zametalina, a specialist of requests and notifications department of market access and interaction with the WTO of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine – were speakers of the seminar, who shared with relevant analytical data information as for the Ukrainian agricultural products export structure; demonstrated samples of anti-dumping investigations; informed about measures taken by our state to protect Ukrainian economic entities in trade defence investigations; WTO requirements to ensure the transparency of trade policy, which is one of the most important factors for foreign investors; Ukraine's achievements in the principle of transparency correspondence.
Entrepreneurs actively used the opportunity to ask questions, they were interested in, and to get competent answers during the training.
03/11/2016 Dnipro and Magdeburg: new horizons of cooperation
As it was specially agreed during the previous meeting the German delegation headed by executive management of the Magdeburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry visited Dnipro and Kryvyi Rih in the mid of September for discussion next year cooperation perspectives.
Extensive program of the visit confirmed mutual interest in cooperation.
Meaningful meeting with Oleh Kuzhman, the First Deputy head of Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration, administration of the National Mining University, Wolfgang Messinger, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Donetsk with temporary location in Dnipro and the number of Ukrainian enterprises interested in cooperation is the main indicator of the urgency of continuing and intensifying the dialogue of Chambers, business and government of both regions.
Visiting such industrial enterprises as INTERPIPE NTRP, HeidelbergCement Ukraine, Elektrograd, Pivdennyi GZK gave the possibility to be acquainted with manufacturing process and discuss about certain lines of business cooperation.
It was agreed that in the framework of tentative agreement with Elektrograd management, the German party will purchase equipment of Ukrainian production. Moreover, it was discussed about cooperation in the production of rolls during the meeting at INTERPIPE NTRP.
Chief executive officers of Magdeburg and Dnipropetrovsk CCI agreed to continue cooperation in the framework of the both Chambers common project to provide temporary employment of Ukrainian specialists at enterprises of Saxony-Anhalt.
Vitaliy Zhmurenko assured colleagues that the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry will continue to work in this sphere involving all possible resources in this process.
Of course, it will be difficult to implement without support of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Donetsk with temporary location in Dnipro.
The Parties agreed to inform periodically Wolfgang Messinger, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Donetsk with temporary location in Dnipro, about situations in this sector.
Furthermore, it was discussed about organization a visit of two German experts to conduct monitoring of the situation in the field of dual vocational education in the region which provides business training of specialists needed for business.
Experience of Germany in this field is the fact that it is important to join efforts of business, scientists and government to achieve tangible results.
Also it was agreed that representatives of the National Mining University and the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry will take training courses in the field of certification according to German standards.
31/10/2016 Entrepreneur’s Day 2016
Every year in early September it is a good tradition to congratulate the best leaders of small and medium-sized businesses due to their constant work, which is formed and strengthened the foundation of the regional economy.
2016 is not a year of exceptions.
Grand meeting on the occasion of the professional holiday held in Dnipro, in the restaurant complex “Hutir”.
Representatives of regional and municipal authorities, the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry as well as the Federation of Employers of the region gathered more than five hundred executives of leading regional enterprises in one place.
The President of the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry Vitaliy Zhmurenko in his speech noted:
- “The Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry, uniting nearly a thousand companies in the region, like no other else, knows unsolved problems and the obstacles in business development. We provide and will provide all possible assistance in making their decision, using all forms and methods in our work. Nevertheless, on this day I would like to thank the representatives of the regional and municipal authorities for the support they provide to businesses in a difficult time. Despite the events in our country, we have the opportunity to meet and congratulate the best.”
On the occasion of Entrepreneur’s Day, on behalf of the National and Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the president of the Dnipropetrovsk CCI awarded the following members of the regional business community, - members of the CCI, - which worked with dignity, not only this year but over the past years:
- the badge of honor of the Ukrainian CCI “Golden Mercury” to Anatoliy Klymenko, the owner of the Ekaterinoslavskiy Dairy Production Complex LLC;
- the badge of honor of the Dnipropetrovsk CCI “Mercury of Prydniprovya” to Lina Novykova, director of “FTL Assistance” LLC;
- the badge of honor of the Dnipropetrovsk CCI “Mercury of Prydniprovya” to Stanislav Kasian-Shainsky, director of “Kresko” LLC.
26/10/2016 The EU market access conditions
again discussed during the next joint event arranged by the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry in cooperation with the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (IER) within the “Trade Facilitation Dialogue” project supported by the European Union.
Relevance and necessity of such meetings confirmed every time by high interest from the businesses to the duty event. This seminar wasn’t exception. Traditional high number of participants showed: we are going in the right direction, helping businesses to navigate in the realities of modern preparation of products for export to the European market.
Leading experts and consultants, including Valeriy Piatnytskyi, Advisor to the Prime - Minister of Ukraine; Svitlana Zaitseva and Andrii Butin Senior Researchers of the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting as well as the independent expert Vitaly Bashynsky presented, discussed and debated.
In view of the relevance of the issue, spoke about sanitary, veterinary and phytosanitary rules and regulations; about the obstacles on the way of Ukrainian exporters and their products to foreign markets.
Separately were discussed business opportunities by means of trade promotion tools of the institute of authorized economic operator.
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.