KYIV. Sept 30 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrainian companies have undergone veterinary certification by China’s controlling agencies and 18 of them have been permitted to export dairy products to the country.
“A Ukrainian delegation is returning from China with good news. China has decided to green-light [exports of] 18 Ukrainian dairy producers and suppliers,” Yatseniuk said at a government meeting on Wednesday.
He said that the list of the companies will be posted on the Chinese government’s website, and this is a serious step towards the diversification of sales markets for Ukrainian products.
“Russia has closed its market, but we do not stop increasing our capabilities in the sales of Ukrainian goods,” he stressed.
“China’s decision on opening its markets for Ukrainian companies is recognition of our efforts in the modernization of Ukrainian industry, processing and production. And this is another step in increasing both the volume of production and the number of jobs and revenues of our economy,” Yatseniuk said.
At the end of the current year, Kyiv will host a meeting of the intergovernmental commission of Ukraine and China. It is also expected the Ukrainian-Chinese business forum will also be held.
The list of dairy enterprises includes Prometei company, in particular its branches Mena Cheese and Slavuta Butter Factory, Ros enterprise, in particular, its branches Okhtyrka Cheese Plant, Myrhorod Cheese Factory, Romny Dairy Plant, Starokostiantyniv Dairy Plant, Elitmol, Tekhmolprom LLC, PJSC Zolotonosha Butter Factory, PJSC Bashtanka Cheese Plant, PJSC Ichnia Milk Powder and Butter Factory, PJSC Lytyn Dairy Plant, PJSC Bershadmoloko, PJSC Dubnemoloko, Cheese Club LLC, Terra Food LLC, PJSC Zhashkiv Creamery, and Khmelnytsky skimmed milk plant Milk Visit (Molochny Vizyt).
KYIV. Sept 30 (Interfax-Ukraine) – An international guarantee fund need to be created in Ukraine to attract investors, head of Paribas Representative Office in Ukraine Dominique Menu has said.
“We need to build an international fund of guarantees so that those who invest their money in Ukraine will be insured. We’re working on this idea, and I hope that in some weeks we’ll be able to approve it with international financial institutions [namely the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Finance Corporation],” he said at a Financial Club conference on collateral property in banking.
Currently, international financial organizations have offered new loans to repay old ones, Menu said. However, Ukraine should look for ways to finance new projects in real estate, infrastructure and logistics, so that the country’s economy can begin to develop rapidly, he said.
Menu also stressed the importance of legislative reform and change in the judicial system, and in particular, that changes in the judicial system are needed to regulate investment in bank collateral property.
“If we can not protect our right, we can not act. We are also waiting for a full-fledged cadastre to understand who a client is and where he has got the money,” he added.
KYIV. Sept 30 (Interfax-Ukraine) –Online payments with bank debit cards in the second quarter of 2015 totaled UAH 45 billion, which was 1.6% up on the first quarter, the National Bank of Ukraine’s (NBU) press service has reported.
The NBU said that more than 111 million transactions worth almost UAH 43 billion occurred in Ukraine, while foreign online stores received UAH 2.5 billion in the equivalent, fewer than 2 million transactions.
In the first quarter of 2015 there were more than 91 million online transactions worth UAH 41.7 billion in Ukraine and 1.9 million online transactions worth UAH 2.6 billion abroad.
According to the NBU, the volume of online transactions in 2014 accounted for 44.2% of total non-cash debit card transactions.
In 2014, there were 249.8 million online transactions in Ukraine using debit cards worth UAH 105.4 billion, of which foreign online stores handled 6.6 million transactions worth UAH 7.3 billion in the equivalent.
From the beginning of 2015 to the end of August, the amount of cash in the economy decreased by 2.3%, to UAH 276.3 billion.
The NBU supports the further development of non-cash transactions and a reduction in the share of cash in the economy to 12% in 2020, which at the end of 2014 stood at 18%.
KYIV. Sept 30 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Public joint-stock company State Food-Grain Corporation, since the beginning of the 2015/16 agricultural year (July 2015-June 2016), has increased grain processing and produced 35,000 tonnes of flour, which is 15,000 tonnes or 43% up year-over-year, the press service of the corporation reported, referring to Head of the Processing Department of the corporation Viacheslav Tsehelnyk.
Tsehelnyk said that the corporation is actively cooperating with famous bread producers, including Kyivkhlib, Formula Smaku, Odesa Karavai, and others.
He said that loading of processing enterprises of the corporation cut the production cost of finished products and increased wages for employees.
In the previous years the corporation worked with Ukrainian companies via intermediaries.
In August 2010, the government decided to create the State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine. The corporation has a chain of branches, comprised of grain storage facilities, flourmills, fodder factories and a cereals factory. The 53 subdivisions of the corporation can store a total of 3.75 million tonnes of grain, which includes the grain handling capacities of Odesa and Mykolaiv ports of around 2.5 million tonnes of grain cargo per year.
KYIV. Sept 29 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The launch of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) on January 1, 2016 under the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement will open up new opportunities for expanding trade and economic cooperation between Ukraine and Austria, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said at a meeting with Austrian President Heinz Fischer.
“In this context, it was agreed to send the Austrian business mission to Ukraine headed by the [Austrian] Minister of Foreign Affairs,” the press service of the head of state has reported.
The meeting was held during the UN General Assembly in New York.
Fischer praised the decision of Ukraine to remove Austria from the list of countries subject to transfer pricing controls.
Both leaders also discussed the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
“It was emphasized that the democratic world must keep pressure on Moscow to ensure a complete ceasefire and create the conditions for the speedy reintegration of the occupied territories under the full sovereignty of Ukraine,” the press service said.
Fischer reassured Poroshenko of his willingness to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukrainian citizens in the Anti-Terrorist Operation zone.
KYIV. Sept 29 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Vegetable production in 2015 will tentatively reach 8.7 million tonnes, Agricultural Policy and Food Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Pavlenko wrote on his Twitter page on Monday.
“Tentatively, 8.7 million tonnes of vegetables will be received with consumption of 6.7 million tonnes (160.2 kilograms per person),” he said.
Pavlenko added that the most of the vegetables will be used by households – around 7.4 million tonnes.
As reported, referring to the State Statistics Service, vegetables were sown on 1.814 million hectares in 2015, which is 4.5% down on 2014.
Potato harvest in 2014 totaled 23.7 million tonnes, which was 8.4% up on 2013. A total of 9.64 million tonnes of vegetable was harvested, 2.6% up year-over-year.