Business news from Ukraine

FRANCE’S CMA WILL TAKE PART IN RECONSTRUCTING BERTHS AT ODESA PORT

The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, Odesa Maritime Merchant Port and Brooklyn-Kyiv Port LLC with the participation of the French company CMA CGM, the world’s third largest container carrier, have signed a memorandum of understanding in France, the Ministry of Infrastructure has reported.
“The development of cooperation between the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, Brooklyn-Kyiv Port and CMA CGM is another example of effective public-private partnership. As part of this project, berths Nos. 13-z, 14-s will be reconstructed in Odesa,” Head of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority Raivis Veckagans said.
According to him, this will allow avoiding vessel idleness and significantly increasing the volume of cargo handling.
“The signed memorandum gives hope that in the near future a large-scale infrastructure project will be implemented in Odesa seaport, which will attract investment in infrastructure development, increasing cargo traffic and the number of ship calls at the port,” Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan said.
CMA CGM Group is a shipping company headquartered in Marseille. According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, it is the largest sea container carrier in France with the total deadweight of 2.208 million TEUs, operating with a fleet of 445 vessels and servicing more than 420 ports in the world.

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NEW SEWING FACTORY IS OPENED IN UKRAINE

Yaroslav company (Kyiv), specializing in production of textiles and bedding, has opened Krolevets sewing factory (Sumy region), which specializes in sewing women’s shirts, pajamas, and workwear.
According to a report by Krolevets City Council on its Facebook page, the factory already employs about 100 people, but in 2019, with the opening of another shop, it is planned to increase the number of employees to 300 people.
At present, in particular, the factory is fulfilling an order for sewing jackets for the workers of Nova Poshta.
“It’s nice that in such a difficult time, despite the legal regime of martial law in the territory of Sumy region, new enterprises are opened,” Head of Sumy Regional State Administration Mykola Klochko, who was present at the opening of the factory, said.
The director and owner of Yaroslav company, Oleksandr Barsuk, previously reported that the company annually invests about $1 million of credit funds in equipment and modernization of production facilities.
The main specialization of the company is production of bed linen, blankets, mattresses, goods for children, kitchen textiles.
In 2017, the revenue of Yaroslav was UAH 354 million (in the first quarter of 2018 almost UAH 91 million).

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VERKHOVNA RADA’S CHAIRMAN TO VISIT SOUTH KOREA TO DISCUSS VISA-FREE REGIME

The Verkhovna Rada’s chairman Andriy Parubiy will be on a visit to South Korea from December 10 to discuss, in particular, a visa-free regime between the two countries.
“We are on the brink of crucial decisions,” Parubiy said in an interview with Rada TV channel, adding that there are plans “to reach the finish in discussing the decision to discontinue the visa regime between Ukraine and South Korea.”
“Today South Korea is one of the most dynamically developing economies in the world. It is one of the top twenty most effective world economies. It is important that Ukraine could have a visa-free regime with South Korea as well,” the politician said.
The Ukrainian parliament’s speaker said the parties are planning to sign an agreement between the Verkhovna Rada and the parliament of South Korea that will help promote closer cooperation between the parliaments of both countries. Also, he voiced the hope for receiving support and assistance in upgrading the Rada system, which is used by the Ukrainian parliament for voting purposes.
Parubiy said his trip will be very important for the inter-parliamentary diplomacy and for cooperation with that region.

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PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE SIGNS LAW ON STATE BUDGET FOR 2019

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that he had signed the law on the state budget of Ukraine for 2019.
“I have signed a budget law,” the president said, speaking at the 2nd Ukrainian Women’s Congress in Kyiv on Friday.

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TOTAL SUPPLY OF COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE WILL RISE BY 1.5 TIMES BY 2020

The total supply in the commercial real estate market will reach 633,000 square meters by 2020, which is 1.5 times more than now, expert in the field of commercial real estate Ihor Zabolotsky has said. “At the end of 2018, the vacancy rate dropped to 3.8%. This is an extremely low level not only for Ukraine, but also for the world. In 2017 there were practically no new projects, 8,000 square meters were commissioned. This year the figure is more significant: taking into account those objects that are to open in December 2018, the figure will reach 85,000 square meters. But these are mostly small objects with an area of 10,000-20,000 square meters, and the appearance of each of them could not affect the market as a whole. The total supply over the next two years could exceed 600,000 square meters. The total stock might increase by more than 1.5 times,” Zabolotsky said at a press conference in the Interfax-Ukraine agency.
In particular, he noted that the opening of the River Mall shopping center is scheduled for the second quarter of 2019 and the Retroville trade center for the third quarter of 2019, as well as the opening of the Blockbuster shopping center was postponed to February 2019. According to the expert, the success of the projects will be determined not by the level of rental rates, but by the purchasing capacity of the population in 2019.

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NUMBER OF REGISTERED UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE IN UKRAINE IN 2017-2018

Number of official unemployment persons in Ukraine is low.