Business news from Ukraine

UKRAINE APPROVES 103 PRIORITY INVESTMENT PROJECTS

The Cabinet of Ministers has identified as a priority a project for production of ventilators, two waste incinerators and an air launch space rocket complex, a total of 103 priority investment projects in the approved list until 2023.

As the correspondent of the Interfax-Ukraine agency reports, the government approved the relevant order with a three-day revision at a meeting on Wednesday, November 18.

According to the draft decree, four out of 103 projects provide for financing entirely from the state budget, and another 43 projects partially from the state and/or local budget.
As indicated in the document, among the priority investment projects are the organization of the production of ventilators at the expense of the investor, the state budget and other sources, as well as the construction of a plant for solid household waste processing (ensuring environmental safety in Kyiv) at the expense of an investor.
In addition, among the priority projects is the construction of a waste sorting line in Drohobych (Lviv region) at the expense of the state budget and the local budget.
Among the investment projects that are planned to be implemented at the expense of the state budget and international technical assistance are the modernization of the An-124-100 and An-225 aircraft families at Antonov State Enterprise, an air launch rocket and space complex, the Observatory International Scientific Center on the Pip Ivan mountain – a platform for the development of the Carpathian region.
In addition, it is planned to implement a project to prepare the production of an infrared homing head for guided air missiles, as well as to expand the Yahodyn international checkpoint – exclusively at the expense of the state budget.
Also, at the expense of the investor, local budgets and the state budget, it is planned to implement the construction of waste incinerators in Kramatorsk and Mariupol, the construction of the tourist and transport infrastructure of the Shatsk National Natural Park (plus international technical assistance funds), and to build the H2O Nova Kakhovka Olympic Sports Center.

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GEZHOUBA GROUP SHOWS INTEREST IN INVESTING INTO UKRAINIAN POWER SECTOR

China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC), the Chinese company specializing in the construction of hydropower facilities, has shown substantial investment interests in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Embassy in China said following a meeting of Ambassador Serhiy Kamyshev and CGGC Chairman Lyu Zexiang.
“In order to successfully implement mutual interests, the CGGC leadership was provided with the embassy’s recommendations on interaction with interested authorities in Ukraine, and expressed readiness to provide diplomatic support to relevant investment projects,” the embassy said on its Facebook page.
The embassy said that the Chinese state-owned company has been operating since 1970, specializing in the construction of hydropower facilities in China and outside the country. Its calling card is the construction of the world’s biggest Three Gorges Dam in Hubei province. Today, the company is a participant in similar projects all over the world, carrying out their construction and co-financing. The Ukrainian office of the company operates in Kyiv.

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JOINT COMPANY OF UFUTURE AND INSOFT PARTNERS ANNOUNCES INVESTING IN TWO IT-BUSINESSES

InSoft Software has increased its share in the service direction of the Kharkiv IT-company, Rozdoum, and has become one of the shareholders of the Kyiv IT-company Rademade. Therefore, currently, the investment portfolio of InSoft Software consists of three companies: Lenal, Rozdoum, Rademade.
InSoft Software also announced the change of its name to ITernal Group. Among the reasons for rebranding, the representatives of the company say about the expansion of the range of services, a change in the logic of positioning, and feedback from customers.
ITernal Group provides turnkey solutions on software development, strengthens customers’ teams with its developers, and helps foreign clients open R&D offices in Ukraine (by purchasing small companies, hiring employees, renting offices, and assisting with further service). The company is actively developing both organically and with the help of M&A strategy, consolidating controlling stakes in IT-companies.
“The creative economy of Ukraine is developing dynamically. The amount of investments and the number of startups in this industry are growing rapidly. According to experts, revenues in the Ukrainian IT-sector will amount to about $5 billion in 2019. We and our partners are convinced that ITernal Group will take a worthy place in the market and will contribute to the development of the innovative economy of Ukraine,” Vasyl Khmelnytsky, Founder of UFuture, said.
“The IT-outsourcing market has changed a lot, it has become mature. It’s getting more difficult for small companies to compete with big players in attracting contracts, customers, and employees. Therefore, offer differentiating is getting more important. We focus on ecosystem solutions. Being able to integrate small companies into one structure while preserving the brands and unique culture of the companies, we are quickly building a major player, and thus gaining the ability to attract more significant customers. On the other hand, our clients’ conversion is improving thanks to the wide range of the services provided by ITernal Group. In addition to the classic software development, we and UFuture bring M&A experience, access to a large innovative IT-school, and the most modern real estate for our clients”, Vitaly Gorovoy, Managing Partner of InSoft Partners, emphasized.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
In the summer of 2019, UFuture and InSoft Partners entered into a strategic partnership agreement in IT-industry and established a joint company.
Within this business, InSoft Partners is responsible for the search and purchase of controlling stakes in IT-companies, their integration into one structure, strategic management, and development. UFuture contributes to the organic growth of the joint business and the search for strategic partners through the international network of contacts.
UFuture is a holding company of Ukrainian entrepreneur Vasyl Khmelnytsky that integrates his business and impact-investment projects. The company has a diversified portfolio of assets in the fields of real estate, infrastructure, industry, renewable energy, pharmaceuticals, and IT. Currently, UFuture’s assets are estimated at $550 million, and the total capitalization of the businesses it invested in is more than $1 billion.
InSoft Partners is a niche investment managing company that focuses on IT-business. Having a team with extensive experience in the development of IT-companies, InSoft Partners joins the operating activities of portfolio companies, contributing to their active growth (through lead generation, changing business processes, etc.). Among the counterparties of InSoft Partners are the famous American investment fund, Oak Tree Capital Management, and FinPoint/Rothschild&Co.

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