Business news from Ukraine

INFRASTRUCTURE MINISTRY STARTS INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS CONTEST

KYIV. Nov 18 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukraine’s Infrastructure Ministry has announced the start of the infrastructure projects contest.

“The Infrastructure Ministry with the help of the reform support group has announced a start of the infrastructure projects contest. This means that any region, city, town or rural community could submit an application to look for an investor to implement projects in the transport and infrastructure sphere. The best projects would be selected. The reform support group that works at the ministry would look for financing to realize them,” the ministry’s press service said, citing Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan.

The minister said that the program is intended to support reforming of the transport and infrastructure system at the local level. The projects are to aim at increasing comfort and safety of citizens.

“Infrastructure projects could be financed only if the national interests are observed. The financing cannot be raised for private companies. This is investment in the development of the state, not private business,” Omelyan said.

The application submission system will be available on the ministry’s website.

REIKARTZ HOTEL CHAIN BEGINS ACTIVE DEVELOPMENT OUTSIDE UKRAINE

KYIV. Nov 18 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Reikartz Hotel Group has signed an agreement for the management of the four-star Dacia hotel, located in Chisinau (Moldova) and announces the beginning of active work on expanding the network outside Ukraine, according to its website.

“In autumn of 2014 the company’s assets were replenished with a hotel in Sweden, but right now we are beginning active work towards the expansion of the network abroad. Today we are talking about the joining of Dacia hotel in Chisinau and in the near future we’ll call other hotels abroad that will enter the Reikartz network,” Director General of Reikartz Hotel Group Magnus Wetterholm said.

According to the report, Reikartz plans to reconstruct the new hotel, afterwards it will renamed Reikartz Chisinau.

Now Dacia hotel has 84 rooms, a bar, a restaurant serving European and local cuisine, two meeting rooms for corporate events, a hairdresser, a laundry, a dry cleaning station and a parking lot.

Reikartz started activities in the field of hotel services in Ukraine in 2003 after the acquisition by a group of Belgian architects headed by Francois Ryckaerts of an old mansion in Drukarska Street in the center of Lviv.

ULIE REPRESENTATION TO WORK IN UKRAINE’S PARLIAMENT

Ukrainian industrialists and entrepreneurs have been seeking more efficient cooperation with lawmakers, therefore they have supported an initiative to create a representative office in Ukraine’s parliament. The concept of the office is to be presented at the 14th Congress of the Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (ULIE), which is scheduled for November 10. A candidate for its future head will also be discussed there.

Entrepreneurs will use the new office to work with parliamentarians on important issues of the current economic situation, trends in the domestic market, to lobby MPs for the adoption of laws on the development of domestic industry, support of small- and medium-sized enterprises, financing of science and innovative developments, and more. In addition, the office will provide all necessary information to lawmakers about production, business to improve the analysis of the situation in the economic sector of Ukraine. “Businesses need their own representative in the legislature of the country. A practical and accessible mechanism should be created for communication between businesses that create jobs and pay taxes to the budget and members of the legislature who take important decisions to stimulate production, improve the economy. Joint efforts of Members of Parliament and civil society to promote effective reforms in the country should yield good results,” ULIE President Anatoliy Kinakh said.

The ULIE’s representation will use the organization’s best practice to analyze and assess initiatives to rebuild industrial capacity, create industrial and technological parks, introduce micro crediting, etc.

 

INDUSTRIALISTS PROPOSE ANTI-CRISIS ECONOMIC STRATEGY TO UKRAINE’S AUTHORITIES

The Ukrainian industrial community has adopted anti-crisis recommendations to the government of Ukraine and the National Committee for Industrial Development. The proposals put forth by more than a hundred business structures working under the umbrella of the Anti-Crisis Council of NGOs and the Federation of Employers of Ukraine will form the basis for cooperation between entrepreneurs and the authorities, including through the above-mentioned Committee and the newly created Office of the Representative of Industrialists, Entrepreneurs and Employers in parliament. The Office will start work in the near future and will become a unique platform in Ukraine for direct communication between entrepreneurs and parliamentarians, for transparent lobbying of economic changes. This was discussed at the 14th Congress of the Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (ULIE) at NSC Olimpiyskiy in Kyiv.

Having estimated the available economic potential, business representatives aim to stop deindustrialization, foster significant GDP growth, reduce pressure on entrepreneurs and encourage investment and self-development.

“We demand that modern industrial policy be pursued in the country consistently, in line with chosen directions towards breakthrough innovations and investment. It is necessary to broaden presence in foreign markets as much as possible and propose added-value products to the world. At the same time, most enterprises need to be modernized along with the introduction of new technologies,” ULIE President Anatoliy Kinakh said.

The consolidated position of the Ukrainian business community in parliament will be promoted by its permanent Office, which was established by the ULIE together with associations of Ukrainian businesses and employers. It will strengthen cooperation between industrialists and lawmakers in adopting important laws for economic development. Independent analysts and lawyers will work for the Office, they will process proposals that will come from businesses and will formulate legislative initiatives on their basis. “The creation of representation in parliament is a first strong step. Currently, much-needed bills on the creation of industrial parks, an export credit agency and others have already been tabled in parliament. We’ll have a tool to influence these processes. The next step is to strengthen cooperation with the government through the newly formed National Committee. Business should have a position that is united and consolidated to ensure its voice is heard,” Chairman of the Employers’ Federation Dmytro Oliynyk said.

“In future, this initiative should become the basis for the formation of a national strategy for strengthening the middle class, developing small-sized businesses. In other countries they are the main customer of democratic reforms and main taxpayer (50-70%),” Anatoliy Kinakh said. The delegates highly evaluated the ULIE’s performance in the international and national economic sphere and the support of businesses. ULIE President Anatoliy Kinakh was elected for a new term. Further, the delegates elected the ULIE Board, vice-presidents, approved amendments to the ULIE Charter and the mandate of the organization’s regional offices.

UKRTELECOM WILL INVEST UAH 400 MLN IN IT INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADING IN LVIV

KYIV. Nov 17 (Interfax-Ukraine) – PJSC Ukrtelecom has started the technical modernization of its network in Lviv, in which it will invest UAH 400 million.

According to a company press release, as part of modernization the length of the optical network will be increased to 700 km. The company will also install 450 active modern stations instead of 36 obsolete automatic telephone stations.

The company said modernization will begin with the districts of Mayorivka, Novy Lviv and the central part of the city. When it is completed, about 160,000 subscribers in Lviv will get access to the Internet under the ADSL technology at a speed of 20 Mbps, high-speed VDSL Internet at a speed of up to 50 Mbps and the possibility of laying optical cable to the apartment or office that will provide Internet access of up to 1 Gbps.

Ukrtelecom is the largest fixed-line operator in the country. It promotes 3G mobile communications.

The ultimate owner of Ukrtelecom is SCM Group of businessman Rinat Akhmetov.