Business news from Ukraine


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he is convinced of the need for joint development of transport capabilities with Azerbaijan, the presidential press service said.
“We should make full use of the unique transit potential of our countries and develop the appropriate infrastructure. We agreed to intensify cooperation in international aviation, road and railway transportation,” he said at a joint press briefing with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in Baku.
In addition, the parties agreed to hold a meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission of Ukraine and Azerbaijan in Kyiv in January. Zelensky noted that he expects “specific cases after this meeting, investments with very specific terms” following this meeting.
Special attention was paid to joint projects in the space and aviation sectors, in particular in aircraft construction.
Azerbaijan’s leader, in turn, called the negotiations fruitful and noted that Azerbaijani businessmen show a significant interest in cooperation with Ukraine, but much depends on the results of the intergovernmental commission.

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Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture – Trade Representative of Ukraine Taras Kachka and Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Francis Gurry discussed bilateral cooperation in the field of intellectual property and signed a Cooperation Program for 2020-2021.
According to a message on the ministry’s website, the parties also signed a memorandum of cooperation, which, in particular, provides for the establishment of a National Intellectual Property Center in Ukraine.
“We plan to create a National Center for Intellectual Property according to the methodology of the World Intellectual Property Organization, as well as to develop a network of Technology and Innovation Support Centers. In the future, Ukraine will join the WIPO-administered Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works,” the ministry quoted Taras Kachka as saying.



Ukraine is interested in cooperation with Japan in the sphere of IT, the press service of the government has reported after a meeting of Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk with a Japanese delegation.
“During the meeting, the issue of possible cooperation in the field of information technology was discussed,” the press service said.
The head of the Japan-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship League Eisuke Mori said that the IT vector could be the impetus for the development of Ukraine.
In turn, Honcharuk added that today, the IT industry is one of the most progressive in Ukraine. “One of the priorities of our government is the development of IT. We would be glad to consider the opportunity of sharing experience with you,” the prime minister said.
In addition, Honcharuk said that Ukraine plans to invest in projects in the exclusion zone of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant and will be glad if Japan becomes a partner in this matter. In this regard, Mori said that the safety associated with nuclear energy should be one of the key areas of bilateral cooperation.

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Ukraine, Poland and the United States on Saturday, August 31, signed an agreement on cooperation in the gas sector, National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Danilyuk said.
“At a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, which preceded the signing of the Memorandum, we discussed the importance of diversifying the risks dictated by dependence on Russian gas supplies, both for Ukraine and Poland. One of the steps to ensure energy independence of our state will be the supply of liquefied gas through Poland, “he wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday night.
Danyliuk considers the signing of the memorandum historically important for Ukraine.
“A historic day. Another step towards diversifying gas supplies to Ukraine,” Danyliuk said.

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Ukraine and Israel signed bilateral documents on cooperation in agriculture, economics, education, culture, as well as youth and sports. “A series of Ukrainian-Israeli documents were signed in the presence of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu,” the presidential press service reported on Monday.
Thus, Acting Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Olha Trofimtseva and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to Ukraine Joel Lyon signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the sphere of agriculture between the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the State of Israel.
In addition, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the State of Israel Hennadiy Nadolenko and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to Ukraine Joel Lyon signed an Agreement between the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the Ministry of Education of the State of Israel as regards facilitating the study of the Hebrew language in the educational institutions of Ukraine and the study of the Ukrainian language in the educational institutions of the State of Israel.
In addition, the ambassadors of the two states signed a Program of Cooperation in the spheres of education, culture, youth and sports between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the State of Israel for 2019-2022.
State Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Oleksiy Perevezentsev and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to Ukraine Joel Lyon signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and the Israeli Patent Office of the Ministry of Justice of the State of Israel.

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Germany’s low cost bus operator FlixBus (Berlin) has signed an agreement of cooperation in Ukraine with Gunsel company, according to which starting from August 19, 2019 three joint bus lines will be serviced, FlixBus Managing Director in Poland and Ukraine Michal Leman and Gunsel Group General Manager Kocak said at a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent has reported.
Leman said that, in particular, in cooperation with Gunsel, the following lines will be added to the FlixBus network: Kyiv-Warsaw (via Lublin, daily), Kyiv-Wroclaw (via Zhytomyr, Rivne, Lviv, Krakow, Katowice, three times a week), Kyiv-Prague (via Zhytomyr, Rivne, Lviv and Hradec Králové, three times a week).
“The new lines that will be added to our network will allow Ukrainian FlixBus passengers to get access to several hundred of our European destinations, thanks to transfers that can be made at FlixBus hubs in Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw and Prague,” Leman said.
He added that currently FlixBus services five routes from Kyiv in conjunction with the Euroclub company (Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow and Paris). At the same time, FlixBus plans to open routes from Odesa, Kharkiv and Dnipro by the end of 2019.
“I am very glad that today the Ukrainian company Gunsel became a FlixBus partner in Ukraine. This is only the beginning of the journey… I had a conversation yesterday with the new governor of Kyiv region, Mykhailo Bno-Airiian, and he is very interested in meeting with FlixBus and launching internal trips in Kyiv region. I am interested to hold a meeting of your office [FlixBus] with Kyiv carriers,” Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan said at the press conference.

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