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SELF-ADMINISTRATION OF CLINICS COULD BECOME CATALYST FOR DEVELOPMENT OF INBOUND MEDICAL TOURISM IN UKRAINE – EXPERTS

KYIV. Dec 17 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The self-administration of clinics could become a catalyst for the development of inbound medical tourism in Ukraine, but to start the process it is needed to get support from lawmakers and the readiness of hospitals and physicians, experts that announced the creation of the Inbound Medical Tourism Club in Ukraine – inUkraine – have stated.

“Ukraine is a competitive country in the field of medical tourism, we want to make it a long-term project but not a one-time campaign,” the president of the inUkraine club, the director of JK Consulting Group, Yulia Khomych, said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine.

“Inbound medical tourism could be a stimulus for the development of the health care system. Foreign patients are the resource that will provide our clinics and resorts with the opportunity not only to survive but also develop and provide a high level of services,” Vice President of the Association of Physicians in Medical Tourism Inna Daschenko said.

She also stressed that for the development of inbound medical tourism it is necessary to conduct work with foreign experts, as well as provide them with information tours in Ukrainian health care institutions.

 

DRAFT TAX CODE PROVIDES FOR VAT REFUNDS TO FARMERS FOR GRAIN EXPORTS

KYIV. Dec 17 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Draft Tax Code proposed by the government provides for the reimbursement for value added tax (VAT) on exports of grain and industrial crops.

“Yes, there will be VAT refunds for grain exports,” Minister of Agricultural Policy and Food Oleksiy Pavlenko said at a briefing in Kyiv.

According to him, initially the ministry asked the Finance Ministry to allocate UAH 4 billion for the program to support agricultural producers, but in the current economic conditions it managed to foresee only existing support mechanisms: compensation of interest rates on loans and the program to support livestock breeding.

As reported, the draft budget for 2016, registered by the government in the Verkhovna Rada on September 14, 2015 under No. 300, provides for the support for farmers in the amount of UAH 350 million, of which UAH 300 million will be used to cheapen loans in the agricultural sector, while UAH 50 million will be spent on support for livestock breeding.

EBRD GRANTS EUR1.5 MLN TO SUPPORT SMALL, MEDIUM BUSINESS IN 2015, TO DOUBLE SUM IN 2016

KYIV. Dec 17 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in 2015 implemented 130 projects worth more than EUR1.5 million under the program of advisory support to small and medium businesses in Ukraine, Small Business Support National Program Manager at EBRD Ekaterina Rigg has said.

“This year more than EUR1.5 million has been granted to small and medium businesses… We plan to double [the figure in 2016],” she said at a press conference.

Rigg stressed that the number of projects and the size of grants planned for 2016 would be determined within a month after the analysis of the availability of donor resources provided by the European Union, the governments of Sweden and the United States.

According to her, the increase in support for small businesses is due to the constant rise in the number of applications from companies. The particularly relevant is the program of promoting exports to the markets of the EU, the United States, Canada, and the Middle East. Today companies often need help in the development of export strategy, market research, quality management systems, the development of high-quality online portals in foreign languages.

UKRAINE, TURKEY INTENSIFYING TALKS ON FREE TRADE ZONE – UKRAINIAN OFFICIAL

KYIV. Dec 17 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukraine and Turkey will intensify the negotiations on the signing of the free trade zone agreement with the next round of the negotiations scheduled for early 2016 in Turkey.

The Ukrainian and Turkish delegations reached the agreement at the meeting during the 10th conference of WTO ministries in Nairobi (Kenya), Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Trade Representative of Ukraine Natalia Mykolska has said.

“Yesterday a meeting with the delegation from Turkey was held. It is not a secret for anyone that now our relations are being reloaded. This concerns both trade and investment,” she wrote on her Facebook page on Wednesday.

Mykolska said that the sides agreed to hold a meeting of the interagency commission in the first quarter of 2016 and try not to apply restrictive measures, and discuss the proposals to increase goods turnover and investment projects in the agricultural sector, aviation and IT at the expert level.

“We’ve discussed many issues from increasing exports of rolled metal and grain and oilseeds to cooperation in the area of soap operas,” she said.

CANADA’S BOMBARDIER STILL STUDYING POSSIBILITY OF OPERATING IN UKRAINE

KYIV. Dec 17 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Canada’s Bombardier engineering company continues studying the possibility of operating in Ukraine, Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine Andriy Pyvovarsky has told reporters.

“A fundamental decision to invest in Ukraine was made in offices of large western engineering companies,” he said on Wednesday.

Asked if Siemens is planning to enter Ukraine, the minister said that the negotiations are underway.

First Deputy Minister Volodymyr Shulmeister said that representatives of Bombardier visited Zaporizhia Electric Locomotive Repair Plant.

Pyvovarsky also said that the process of creating a JV between Skoda and Zaporizhia Electric Locomotive Repair Plant has been suspended.

As reported, in September 2015, Pyvovarsky said that the Infrastructure Ministry is holding negotiations with Bombardier on potential possibility of starting production of locomotives in Ukraine.

Bombardier manufactures planes, trains and trams. Its key divisions are Bombardier Transportation and Bombardier Aerospace.

U.S. TO PROVIDE $4-5 MLN FOR 40 UKRAINIANS TO STUDY IN U.S. BUSINESS SCHOOLS IN 2016-2017 – PYATT

KYIV. Dec 16 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The United States will provide $4-5 million for around 40 Ukrainians to study in U.S. business schools in 2016-2017, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has said.

This is a part of U.S. investment in Ukraine’s success and this is a part of U.S. liabilities to work with Ukraine to increase human capital of Ukraine, he said at a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday.

President of Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF) Jaroslawa Z. Johnson said that the grant program is unique for Ukraine, as her fund will compensate 100% of the tuition in one of 50 the most prestigious universities in the United States.

WNISEF SEED Grant program manager in Ukraine Roman Tychkivsky said that the obligatory condition for participating in the program is the return of the student to Ukraine after the study. He said that the study grant for each student is $100,000. Since 2014 when the program was launched, five Ukrainians used the opportunity of studying in the United States.