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CHINA VETS UKRAINIAN FROZEN BEEF EXPORTS

KYIV. May 25 (Interfax-Ukraine) – China has vetted Ukrainian frozen beef exports, Ukraine’s State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection reported on May 22.
The Ukrainian agency and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) signed a protocol of inspection, quarantine, veterinary and sanitary requirements for the export of frozen beef from Ukraine to China.
The Ukrainian regulator says that Ukrainian frozen beef was granted access to the Chinese market after a mission of the Chinese competent authority that assessed Ukrainian food safety control of beef production. The mission visited Ukraine late in April.
In addition, the State Food Safety and Consumer Protection Service and AQSIQ representatives are now engaged in approval of phytosanitary and inspection requirements for the export of some Ukrainian agrarian products to China. In particular, these are sunflower meal, beet pulp, dairy foods, poultry meat, eggs, honey, and others.

UKRAINE 18 POSITIONS UP IN 2017 OPEN DATA BAROMETER RANKING

KYIV. May 24 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukraine ranked 44th in the Open Data Barometer ranking, having climbed 18 positions up compared to last year’s results, Deputy Head of the State Agency for e-Governance Oleksiy Vyskub has said.
“Ukraine has climbed 18 positions in the world open data ranking: from 62 to 44, having taken the most positive ‘leap’ in the rating together with Georgia,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
The ranking features 115 countries.
Ukraine shared its 44th position and the result of 36 points with Estonia. Georgia, Bulgaria, Jamaica, and Turkey ranked 40th. South Africa and Poland took the 46th position.
The leaders of the ranking were the United Kingdom, Canada, France, and the United States, which ranked first, second, third and fourth respectively.
Swaziland and Yemen are the bottom of the ranking.
As reported, Ukraine in early May took the 24th position in the open data development rankings, according to the results of the Global Open Data Index research, having climbed by 30 positions from the previous year.

UKRAINE’S COFFERS SAVE ALMOST $1 BLN USING PROZORRO – GROYSMAN

KYIV. May 24 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Ukrainian nation’s coffers have saved UAH 24 billion, a little more than $900 million, since the launch of the ProZorro e-procurement system, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has said.
“Today we can say the [ProZorro] system is not only competitive and transparent, it saves money for the national budget. According to our estimates, savings of budget funds – the money owned by the state, the Ukrainian people – have amounted to UAH 24 billion since its launch,” he said at the 13th Procurement, Integrity, Management and Openness (PRIMO) Forum in Kyiv on Tuesday.
Procurements worth UAH 700 billion, or $26.6 billion, have been handled via the system recently, he said.
Groysman also said that the Cabinet of Ministers and the State Property Fund of Ukraine had agreed about the possibility of using the ProZorro system for competitive sales of state-owned assets in future.
Public procurements in Ukraine switched over to the ProZorro e-system from August 1, 2016.

MELLANOX TECHNOLOGIES TELECOMS EQUIPMENT MAKER OPENS R&D CENTER IN KYIV

KYIV. May 24 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Mellanox Technologies, one of the leaders of the world market of technological solutions for data processing centers, will soon open its R&D center in Coworking Platforma Leonardo in Kyiv, the press service of the coworking platform has said.
“This is a great event for Coworking Platforma Leonardo, but it is also a unique opportunity for Ukraine as a whole. Mellanox is the world leader in technological innovation and I’m sure it will inspire the community of our coworking! I’m sure the appearance of such a company as Mellanox in the Ukrainian market will make Ukraine more visible on the international map of IT industry,” Coworking Platforma co-founder and CEO Refael Yucha said.
The press service of the coworking platform said it is planned the R&D center will employ about 100 people in near future. The amount of investments has not been disclosed.
Mellanox Technologies is a manufacturer of technology solutions for data processing centers: switches, InfiniBand and Ethernet network adapters, cables and software. The company’s offices are located in Sunnyvale, California (the United States) and Yokneam (Israel).

RADA INDUSTRIAL POLICY COMMITTEE’S HEAD SPEAKS OUT FOR AD HOC GROUP TO ANALYZE INTERNATIONAL DRUGS PROCUREMENTS

KYIV. May 24 (Interfax-Ukraine) – An ad hoc group should be created at the Verkhovna Rada to analyze disputes that emerge during medicine procurements by international organizations at the expense of budget funds, MP of the Radical Party Viktor Halasiuk has said.
“At least an inter-committee working group should be set up [in parliament] to thoroughly analyze such cases. Perhaps, it is worth creating a temporary commission of inquiry in parliament to properly address these issues,” he told reporters in Kyiv on Monday, commenting on a UNDP tender for the purchase of hemophilia drugs when a foreign manufacturer whose bid was higher than that of the Ukrainian pharmaceutical manufacturer Biofarma was named the winner.
“I’m waiting for an official response from Acting Health Minister Ulana Suprun and I hope this situation will end not only the cancellation of the tender and the organization of a new transparent and fair tender where the best bid will win, but there will be appropriate assessment of actions by UNDP officials involved in this procurement,” he said.
Halasiuk stressed that as a result of the tender, the losses of the Ukrainian budget amounted to about UAH 15 million, which could be additionally allocated for the purchase of medicines.
“By such tenders, Ukraine is in fact destroying domestic production with its own hands, as it is not a matter of choosing between an average Ukrainian intermediary company and a big foreign producer, but about choosing between two producers.” The Ukrainian manufacturers have invested $50 million in this enterprise, created 500 jobs and ensures UAH 100 million in tax payment every year,” he said.
Halasiuk noted that only 12 countries have factories that produce human blood coagulation factors. What is more, the products of this Ukrainian enterprise meet all world requirements and standards.
“I have a question as head of the parliamentary committee for industrial policy and entrepreneurship and deputy head of the Radical Party: Why should the domestic producer lose if it offers a more favorable price. Who benefits from this?” he wondered.
Halasiuk said he had sent his inquiries regarding this tender to the acting health minister, the prime minister, the Anti-monopoly Committee of Ukraine, and the business ombudsman.
“This issue concerns not only the patients, not only the industry and the budget, but also the investment climate. If Ukraine this way treats the manufacturer who trusts Ukraine and invested in Ukraine the funds of U.S.-based Horizon Capital, assuming that this Ukrainian enterprise will work for Ukrainian patients, there will be no confidence from investors, “he added.
As of May, only 17% of drugs had been supplied by international organizations with the use of budget funds of 2016, Halasiuk said.
“We will unite all pro-Ukrainian parliamentarians in the Verkhovna Rada and public organizations, producers’ associations in order to resolve this issue in the interests of the state,” he said.

RAMBLER & CO LAUNCHES PORTAL IN UKRAINIAN SEGMENT OF INTERNET

KYIV. May 23 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Rambler & Co is launching a portal in the Ukrainian segment of the Internet – rambler.ua, according to the website of the online company.
“We have been, we are and remain a service outside of politics, aimed at users of different countries. First of all, we are a communication channel, a technology that ensures the convenience and speed of interaction between our users,” Rambler & Co said in a press release.
According to its data, in addition to reading news from the 25 largest cities in Ukraine, users will be able to get mail on @ rambler.ua.
“All interested parties will be able to save and transfer the blocked mailbox from another service and continue using it with the old address,” the report reads.
As reported, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on May 15 enacted the NSDC decision on sanctions against the social networks of VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, as well as such companies as Mail.ru, Yandex and their services. Access to all the services of Yandex and Mail.ru is prohibited for three years.