Business news from Ukraine

VEGA TELECOM OPERATOR HAS NET INCOME RISE IN 2018

Vega, a large Ukrainian telecoms operator, in 2018 received UAH 641.3 million of net income, which is 3.79% more than in 2017, the company has reported.
According to the operator’s press release, EBITDA reached UAH 164.9 million, which is 49% more than last year. Also, in 2018, the company managed to increase ARPU (the average revenue per user) by 20%, in particular, Internet access services using the FTTx connection technology by 28%.
During the reporting period, the subscriber base of Vega, as compared with 2017, increased in Voice VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) by more than 10%.
“Last year, we strictly followed the given strategic vector associated with the transition to modern services. This year, the company will continue to actively modernize its networks: replacing copper with optics, and digitizing its business, introducing new services based on digital technologies,” Vega CEO Murat Chynar said.
In 2018, the company’s capital investments remained at the level of 2017 and amounted to UAH 97.4 million.

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MARKS & SPENCER RETURNS TO KHARKIV REGION

Marka Ukraine (Kyiv), the office representative of the British Marks & Spencer brand in Ukraine, early February opened a new store in the French Boulevard shopping center in Kharkiv.
“We are pleased to reopen the doors of our store for Kharkiv citizens. Opening a new store in the city was a priority in 2018,” Marka Ukraine’s press service reported, citing CEO Bulent Temel.
Before the crisis in Ukraine, the Marks & Spencer store operated in Kharkiv in the Karavan shopping center, but was subsequently closed.
According to the press release, the area of the new store is 500 square meters.
The Marks & Spencer network as of February 2019 is represented in Ukraine by five stores in Kyiv, one each – in Dnipro, Odesa, Lviv and Kharkiv.
Marka Ukraine LLC was created in 2006. It is fully owned by concern Fiba (Turkey). The company is developing a network of stores Marks & Spencer in the franchise segment in Ukraine.

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STATE FISCAL SERVICE ISSUES 9,707 EUR.1 CERTIFICATES TO EXPORTERS IN JAN

The State Fiscal Service of Ukraine in January 2019 issued 9,707 EUR.1 movement certificates that allow goods of Ukrainian origin benefiting from favorable trade terms under a preferential trade policy of the EU, the authority has reported on its website.
The authority said that in general, during the 2016-2018 years, customs officers issued 219,000 certificates.
“As of February 1, 2019, the status of an authorized exporter has been granted to 231 enterprises, which export their products to EU countries on preferential terms,” the State Fiscal Service said.
The authority reminded that in order to be granted with the preferential access to the EU market as part of a free trade area between Ukraine and the EU, a company must confirm the origin of goods from Ukraine and receive the EUR.1 movement certificate.
The State Fiscal Service has been issuing these documents since 2016 free of charge for each consignment of goods when exported to the EU. At the same time, the status of an authorized exporter lifts the requirement to receive the certificate, the authority said.
In addition, the requirement for having the EUR.1 movement certificate does not apply to goods with a total invoice value no higher than EUR 6,000, and also, if these are goods to which the EU applies a zero import duty rate.

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CABINET OF MINISTERS APPROVES AGREEMENT WITH DENMARK TO IMPLEMENT DANIDA BUSINESS FINANCE

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved a draft framework agreement with the government of Denmark regarding the general conditions and rules, organization measures and financial conditions of the implementation of the Danida Business Finance programme in Ukraine.
The respective government resolution was approved at a meeting on February 20.
“In order to strengthen cooperation between the government of Ukraine and the Kingdom of Denmark, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, under Danida Business Finance, agreed to provide funds to invest in sustainable infrastructure projects that are implemented by Danish suppliers,” according to the framework agreement, which is available to Interfax-Ukraine.
This program involves the provision of interest-free loans by the Kingdom of Denmark to the Government of Ukraine, or economic entities under government guarantees, to finance projects related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, water supply and water treatment.
The direct creditor will be a commercial bank or a financial institution with a representative office in the Kingdom of Denmark, which has concluded an agreement with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The projects will be selected in accordance with the Ukraine 2020 Sustainable Development Strategy and approved by the Danida Program Committee under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
The benchmark cost of one project is EUR 100 million. Projects worth less than EUR 13.5 million are not eligible for financing, except for separately selected projects. A loan can cover up to 100% of the value of the facility, and no less than 35%.
Along with the financing fee, there is also no export credit premium and bank margin. Borrowing will be provided in euros or U.S. dollars. The repayment period is up to 10 years after the completion of a facility, for which the loan is taken.
Danida Business Finance provides soft loans for funding of sustainable infrastructure projects in energy, water and sanitation, which cannot otherwise be financed on commercial terms in developing countries tied to transfer of technology and knowhow through Danish companies. Danida Business Finance offers technical assistance and support to authority-to-authority cooperation, if necessary, to transfer institutional knowledge in the relevant sector area.

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NEW GRAIN PROCESSING PLANT IS LAUNCHED IN CHERKASY REGION

Mover Mill LLC has launched a plant for processing grain in the village of Kryvi Kolina, Cherkasy region. According to the press service of Cherkasy Regional State Administration, the capacity of the plant is 350 tonтуs of flour per day, it also produces semolina and bran. The products are sold under the Pershy Mlyn brand.
The cost of investments in the plant is about UAH 100 million.
According to Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Viktor Sheremeta, this company is currently one of the largest potential exporters of flour.
According to data from the state register of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs, Mover Mill LLC was registered in 2016. Its owner is Volodymyr Movchan. Its statutory capital is UAH 5 million.

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«TIPSY CELEBRATIONS AND SAYING GOODBYE TO WINTER» NEAR KYIV

On February, 23 and 24 the «Kyivan Rus Park» invites to say goodbye to winter in the magic atmosphere of the Middle Ages. Delicious food prepared on open fire, authentic Prince’s tavern, Slavic traditions, rites, and games, horse-trick performances, round dancing, horse riding, bow shooting, museums and expositions, zip-line – these and much more will be waiting for the guests during the weekend.
Ancient Kyiv opens at 10:00. The program starts at 13:00.
The ticket price: a full adult ticket – 150 UAH, for pensioners and students – 100 UAH, for schoolchildren – 50 UAH, for preschool children – for free.
Ancient Kyiv in the «Kyivan Rus Park» is located in Kyiv region, Obukhiv district, the vill. Kopachiv.
Route taxis leave from Kyiv from the «Vydybitchi» metro station.
Details on the website www.parkkyivrus.com
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