The Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture predicts that Ukrainian farmers will harvest 63-65 million tonnes of grain and leguminous crops in 2020 against the previously projected 60 million tonnes. “Looking at the sown area, we expect the final gross grain production at the level of 63-65 million tonnes, which is 2.5 times more than the domestic market needs. We can formulate the final figure at the end of May, everything will depend on rains in this period. According to the forecast, they should be. Perhaps even the figure will be larger,” Deputy Economy Minister Taras Vysotsky said on the air of Ukraine 24 TV Channel.
Vysotsky noted that there are no threats to food security nationwide due to adverse climatic conditions, a critical situation has developed only in Odesa region.
“The losses there are large, sometimes up to 50% of the sowings. Now they’ll sum up the potential losses, they will transfer documentation, hold commissions and consider the possibility of financing from the reserve fund or other available instruments. We will study the situation in this region to support those farmers who have a large percentage of losses and there is a risk of becoming bankrupt,” the official said.
The Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture expects GDP to grow by 3.7% in 2020, Deputy Minister Serhiy Nikolaichuk has said. “Next year, we expect growth to accelerate to 3.7%,” he said during a press briefing.
The minister noted that the updated macroeconomic forecast would be published after it is approved at a government meeting.
The Economic Development and Trade Ministry of Ukraine continues working on the creation of a supervisory board of the Export-Credit Agency (ECA) required for the launch of the agency, First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Development and Trade Stepan Kubiv has said.
“We have carried out some work and consultations on this issue. I think we will hold another meeting if necessary. We will resolve this issue,” he said at a government meeting in Kyiv.
Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman reiterated the importance of launching the ECA as soon as possible. At the same time, he added that the delay was due to the fact that the government is launching such a project for the first time.
In addition, Groysman said that the agency will work not so much with its own resources as with tools for attracting resources.
“It is necessary to fill it not with a financial resource, but with tools for access to broad resources, since this is not a question of millions, it is a question of billions, perhaps dozens of billions, to support Ukrainian exports,” he said.
As reported, in February 2018, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the creation of ECA in the form of private joint-stock company and instructed the Economic Development and Trade Ministry to conduct a private placement of its shares.
Ukraine’s Economic Development and Trade Ministry has announced the start of a second contest of micro projects of non-profitable organizations concerning popularization of local culture, history and natural inheritance in Lviv, Volyn, Zakarpattia, Rivne, Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk regions. According to a posting on the ministry’s website, EUR 5.2 million has been provided from the budget of the Poland-Belarus-Ukraine border cooperation program for 2014-2020. The sum of a grant for a project could be from EUR 20,000 to EUR 60,000.
The ministry said that the grant will be provided for cultural, creative and educational events, experience exchange events, preservation of historical and natural inheritance of the border areas and development of local communities.
Bids can be submitted until October 31, 2018. The projects will be selected in June 2019.
The Economic Development and Trade Ministry of Ukraine plans to start privatization of large state-owned enterprises (SOE) from the sale of Centrenergo, First Deputy Minister Maksym Nefyodov has said. “Centrenergo could be the first test case, and other facilities would follow it,” he said at a roundtable entitled “Ukraine on the Way of Privatization” in Kyiv on Wednesday.
Acting Head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPF) Vitaliy Trubarov said that after Centrenergo, it is likely that other power supply companies would be privatized. He also said that the start of the privatization of large companies is planned for this autumn.