Business news from Ukraine

DARNITSA PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY INVESTS EUR 3.5 MLN IN DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH

Darnitsa pharmaceutical company in 2018 invested about EUR3.5 million in development and research (R&D), Dmytro Shymkiv, the head of the board of directors of Darnitsa Group, has said.
“Every year we invest about 10% of gross income in development and research. In 2018 the amount of such investments totaled EUR 3.5 million. In total, Darnitsa invested about EUR 200 million in development,” he said at a press conference in Kyiv.
Shymkiv said that in 2020-2022 Darnitsa plans to conduct 9-12 drug bioequivalence studies.
Since 2016, the company has completed eight such studies.
According to him, the development strategy of Darnitsa provides for three priority areas of the product portfolio: cardiology, neurological drugs, and pain therapy.
In 2019, the pharmaceutical company plans to bring 11 brands to the market, in 2020 some 14. In 2018, Darnitsa brought ten brands to the market.
Currently, the company’s product portfolio comprises 250 types of finished medicines.
Darnitsa pharmaceutical company is one of the ten largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in Ukraine and the top ten largest hospital suppliers. Its ultimate beneficiary is Hlib Zahoriy.

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UKRBUD DEVELOPMENT CHANGES OWNERS

Ukrbud Development LLC, part of the Ukrbud state-owned construction corporation (Kyiv), has changed the list of founders in the unified public register of legal entities and private entrepreneurs.
According to the register, as of October 7, 2019, the owners of Ukrbud Development LLC are Yevhen Dikin and Vasyl Poliovy with equal shares of 50% in the charter capital.
Oleh Maiboroda remained the head of the enterprise.
According to the public register, Poliovy is a co-owner of Khmilnytsia Zernotrade LLC, which is engaged in providing warehouse services and servicing the Serpen Garden Society cooperative, which main activity is the complex maintenance of facilities.
At the same time, according to the public register, Dikin holds the position of the head of Building Group Plus LLC, specializing in the wholesale trade of timber, construction materials and sanitary equipment.
As reported, former MP Maksym Mykytas has left construction business and is no longer the owner of Ukrbud Development LLC, Maiboroda said in September. He said that the managers of the company would not change, while management will be carried out by the board of directors.
Ukrbud Development LLC was established in 2004 and is engaged in the development and support of Ukrbud state-owned corporation projects.

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PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE ISSUES DECREE ON GOALS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT UNTIL 2030

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has ruled to ensure compliance with 17 goals of sustainable development of Ukraine for the period until 2030.
According to decree No. 722/2019, posted on the presidential website on Monday, this document is aimed at ensuring the national interests of Ukraine in the sustainable development of the economy, the civil society and the state in order to achieve an increase in the level and quality of life of the population, observe the constitutional rights and freedoms of man and citizen.
Thus, Zelensky, supporting the global goals of sustainable development until 2030 and the results of their adaptation, taking into account the specifics of Ukraine’s development, as set out in the national report “Sustainable Development Goals of Ukraine” proclaimed by resolution No. 70/1 of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2015, ruled to ensure compliance with the goals and also listed 17 such goals.

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FORTHCOMING LEGALIZATION OF GAMBLING BUSINESS IN UKRAINE COULD GIVE IMPETUS TO FIVE-STAR HOTELS DEVELOPMENT

The draft law on legalization of gambling, which is being discussed within the framework of the working group of the Verkhovna Rada, after its adoption could give a significant impetus to the development of five-star hotels and encourage investors to open new facilities in this segment, Managing Partner of ArtBuild Hotel Group Oleksiy Yevchenko believes.
“A significant impetus to the development of hotel business will be provided by the adoption of the law on gambling, which will regulate the placement of casinos in five-star hotels for a certain number of rooms depending on the region. Hotels for casinos could appear both in large cities and in smaller towns, causing the active development and growth of a certain region,” he said at the conference “Hotel Real Estate in Ukraine: Development Prospects.”
According to the expert, the bill has a chance to be adopted before the end of 2019 or at the beginning of 2020. According to the document, casinos will be placed in five-star hotels with over 200 rooms in Kyiv, and over 120 rooms in Kharkiv, Lviv, Dnipro and Odesa, and from 100 rooms in all other cities.
“This will only spur the development of the five-star segment. The question is whether we have the key targeted audience here and whether there are enough tourists to fill this particular segment. In Kyiv, the occupancy of five-star hotels is on average 38%. And if another five to ten objects are built, as there are already real investors interested in this, with the number of rooms exceeding 200, with large places for organizing casinos, what will happen to the economy of these hotels?” the expert said.
He said the draft law under consideration provides for a mandatory requirement for hotels: the availability of 500 square meters of free space for a casino.
“Out of about 70 five-star hotels in Ukraine, only eight to ten hotels have such a large free space. Therefore, it is very important how the bill is adopted,” the expert stated.

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UKRAINIAN PM PROPOSES SETTING UP FUND OF HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT FOR IT SECTOR

Premier of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk has proposed setting up Fund of Human Capital Development for IT sector to enable it manage sector on its own. “The problem in the lack of staff…We hope to establish conditions for the sector to work faster,” Honcharuk said during the meeting of the government with export IT industry in Kyiv on Wednesday.
According to the premier, the means of this fund will be forwarded for scholarships of talented students, grants for young scientists and the creation of educational infrastructure.
Head of State Tax Service Serhiy Verlanov reported that a special taxation option for individuals in IT sector should be introduced.
In addition to the 5% single tax, 1.5% military tax and unified social tax from two minimum wages, the head of the service suggests introducing a tax on the development of human capital. It will be administered by the tax service and transferred to sector managed-by fund, and its rate will be gradually raised from 1% in 2020 to 5% in 2024.
According to Verlanov, this taxation option will give more guarantees and advantages, however, the transition to it is voluntary, and those who wish can stay on today’s third form of simplified taxation.
The premier has said the government expects that this will allow in 10 years to increase the export of the IT from $3 billion up to $10 billion, the number of workers in this sphere of services will increase from 165,000 to 650,000 people.

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UKRAINE ANNOUNCES TENDER FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THREE HYDROCARBON DEPOSITS

Ukraine has announced a tender for the development of three more hydrocarbon deposits, including Hrunivske (Sumy and Poltava regions), Okhtyrske (Sumy, Poltava and Kharkiv regions), and Ichnianske (Chernihiv region) on the basis of production sharing agreements (PSA).
The corresponding announcements about the tender were published in the Uriadovy Kurier newspaper on August 3.
The area of Hrunivske deposit is 1,083 square kilometers, that of Okhtyrske some 672 square kilometers, and Ichnianske some 2,086 square kilometers. According to the terms of the tender documentation, approved at the end of 2018, the winners on the first and second fields will have to ensure the drilling of at least two exploratory wells and conduct 3D seismic surveys during the first stage of exploration (the first five years). The winner on the third lot will have to ensure the drilling at least three wells and conducting 3D seismic surveys.
The minimum investment for Hrunivske and Okhtyrske deposits is UAH 500 million UAH, and that for Ichnianske some UAH 900 million.
The PSA is valid for 50 years. The state’s share in profitable products should be at least 11% of its total volume, the maximum share of compensation products, due to which the investor will be reimbursed for his expenses, is 70% of the total production. Applications for participation in the tenders are accepted within three months from the date of publication of the announcement of the tenders.

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