KYIV. May 27 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) plans to implement 130 projects in Ukraine in 2015 under a program to provide business advice to small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
“For 2015 we plan that we will have 130 projects,” EBRD Director for Small Business Support Charlotte Ruhe said in Kyiv on Wednesday.
Since the program was launched in Ukraine five years ago, 400 SMBs operating in the food industry, wholesale and retail trade, electronics, etc. have participated. Out of them, 360 companies have been given advice by local consultants, others were supported by international advisers. Experts’ recommendations relate to the development of strategies for development, marketing policy, quality management, personnel, and streamlining business processes.
Under the program, over EUR 4.4 million was provided as grants, and donor funds were provided by the European Union, the governments of Sweden and the United States, the Central European Initiative Forum, the Early Transition Countries Fund, and the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund .
According to Ruhe, the efforts resulted in a 40% increase in sales of 71% of the EBRD’s SMB clients, while more than a half expanded their personnel, and about 15% were able to raise financing worth on average EUR 500,000.
Out of the aforementioned projects, about 37% are implemented Ukraine’s northern regions and around Kyiv, while the central and southern regions account for about 20% of the projects, western Ukraine accounts for 27%, and eastern Ukraine for 15%.
Ruhe said that last year the EBRD opened a regional office in Lviv to work with SMBs. In 2015, a similar office will be opened in Kharkiv.
What is more, the EBRD will launch two new initiatives for SMBs in Ukraine in 2015: support in promoting exports in the free trade area being created between the EU and Ukraine, and a Woman in Business program.
KYIV. May 25 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Representatives of a Chinese delegation have inspected Ukrainian producers of processed protein feed based on plant components.
According to a report on the website of the Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food, the Ukrainian enterprises are ready to provide delivery of meal in sufficient quantity and of appropriate quality to China.
“Representatives of the Chinese delegation noted the high level of technology and production systems at Ukrainian enterprises. Specialists of the enterprises and the State Veterinary and Biosecurity Service demonstrated the high level of qualification,” the ministry said.
The parties discussed additional conditions of meal exports and agreed to sign a joint protocol after consultation between the relevant authorities of the two countries.
As reported, Ukroliyaprom Association CEO Stepan Kapshuk said that Ukraine could export about one million tonnes of sunflower meal to China every year. According to him, Ukrainian enterprises annually receive about 4.5 million tonnes of meal, of which only one million tonnes is consumed on the domestic market. The main buyers of these products are the European Union and Belarus.
KYIV. May 25 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The cost on heating one square meter in buildings in Kyiv is five or six times higher than the same figure in other European cities, which indicates the significant investment potential of Kyiv regarding the possible implementation of energy saving projects worth about $3 billion, Kyiv City State Administration has said, with reference to first deputy head Ihor Nikonov.
“In particular, investment in energy-saving projects in Kyiv could amount to about $3 billion. We see that many international institutions are interested in such projects and are working on the development of investment programs in this direction,” Nikonov said.
As reported, on May 22 this year Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Services Hennadiy Zubko stated that the German government had declared its readiness to inject EUR 200 million into the energy efficiency fund established to raise funds from international financial organizations for measures to improve energy efficiency in Ukraine, if the Ukrainian government develops a model to return the funds.
According to Zubko, the Ukrainian energy saving projects market in late May 2015 was estimated as being worth around UAH 300 billion in general.
KYIV. May 25 (Interfax-Ukraine) – President of National Nuclear Generating Company Energoatom Yuriy Nedashkovsky has signed the order to introduce an electronic procurement system in all the divisions of the company, the press service of Energoatom has reported.
“The decision was made after analyzing the results of the use of the electronic procurement system in the company’s division, Management of Affairs. Over the period of the realization of the pilot project using the system over 15 trading session were held, and over UAH 230,000 was saved compared to the use of the usual procedure [around 25% of the total sum],” the press service said.
By using the electronic procurement system, the divisions of Energoatom will purchase goods, labor and services for which a permanently operating market exists and their cost is equal to or more than UAH 10,000, does not exceed UAH 1 million for goods and services and UAH 5 million for labor. Energoatom will hold tenders via the Prom.ua and e-tender.biz electronic sites.
On October 31, 2014, Energoatom signed a memorandum with Transparent Procurement LLC to create a transparent and effective state procurement system in Ukraine. On February 12, 2015 Energoatom became the first state company in Ukraine which held a tender via the electronic state procurement system.
Energoatom operates all four nuclear power plants in Ukraine. It operates 15 power units of Zaporizhia, Yuzhnoukrainsk, Rivne and Khmelnytsky nuclear power plants, equipped with water-cooled power reactors, which have a total installed electrical capacity of 13.835 GW.
KYIV. May 25 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide a framework loan of EUR 400 million to restore and develop municipal infrastructure in Ukraine, according to a report released by the bank.
The EIB Group’s Board of Directors approved this loan on May 19, the bank said in a press release posted on its website.
The bank said that the project will extend the lifespan of critical urban infrastructure in the energy, water and sanitation sectors, will reduce losses, improve energy efficiency, reduce the intensity of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and will contribute towards improving energy and water supply security.
According to the report, the total cost of the project is EUR 800 million, and the Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Economy Ministry will act as a partner in designing the project.
KYIV. May 25 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the proposal of the Health Ministry to permit PJSC Biofarma in 2015 to export donor blood components and products manufactured from blood and its components.
Corresponding decree No. 522-r dated May 25 has been posted on the website of the government.
According to the decree, donor blood products and its components are sold under the list and volume approved by the Cabinet.
As reported, on May 14 company with foreign investment PJSC Biofarma said that it intended to stop the production of drugs within seven days due to its inability to obtain government approval to export finished blood products under previously signed contracts. Biofarma Board Chairman Oleksandr Makovsky said that this concerns contracts for the supply of blood products worth a total of $7 million to Mongolia, Vietnam, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Belarus.