President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a bill of Ukraine on government support for investment projects with significant investments – the so-called law on “investment nannies,” Deputy Head of the Presidential Office Yulia Kovaliv has said.
“I want to debunk the myths and memes about the ‘nannies’ that have flooded the media space and emphasize that this bill is primarily about providing a number of stimulating instruments of government support for investment projects,” she wrote on her Facebook page on Wednesday.
In particular, according to her, the bill provides for: securing investor guarantees by concluding a direct agreement with the Government of Ukraine for 15 years, appointing an investment manager authorized to accompany the investor in the process of preparing and implementing the project; providing tax benefits – exemption from income tax, exemption from payment of duties and VAT when importing new equipment into Ukraine; facilitating the provision of land necessary for the implementation of the project; building/reconstructing related infrastructure at the expense of the state (roads, electric and gas, heating networks, water networks, utilities, etc.).
“I want to note that the total amount of government support will be up to 30% of the amount of investment in the project,” Kovaliv said.
She said that this bill will support Ukrainian and foreign investors, whose investment amount should be at least EUR 30 million. They should create at least 150 new jobs with an average salary of workers at least 15% higher than the average salary in the relevant field in the region. Projects must be implemented in five years, and the duration of the special investment agreement with the government of Ukraine is 15 years.
The State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine and the Ministry of Energy and Industry of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed a memorandum of understanding on energy efficiency and renewable energy. “By cooperating, we will exchange experience and promote the implementation of joint investment projects in the field of energy efficiency, clean energy and garbage processing,” the press service of the Ukrainian agency on Saturday quoted its head, Serhiy Savchuk, as saying.
The State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine says that the UAE is one of the most developed countries of the Persian Gulf, which has set the task to achieve at least 44% of “clean” energy in the country’s overall energy balance by 2050.
In addition, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) whose charter Ukraine has joined is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE. What is more, the world’s largest solar park is being built near Dubai. Its projected capacity by 2020 is 1 GW, and 5 GW by 2050.
The total cost of investment projects in the Ukrainian agricultural sector as of early 2018 was estimated at almost UAH 41.3 billion, according to a posting on the website of the Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry of Ukraine. The ministry said that, a total of 474 investment projects are being implemented in agriculture, including 23.6% in the grain and industrial crops processing and storage segment, 12.4% in the pig breeding segment and 12.2% in the vegetable and fruit storage segment.
The main source of financing of capital investment are own funds of producers (74.3%). The cost of investment projects varies from UAH 100,000 to UAH 9.6 billion.
The largest number of investment projects is being implemented in Poltava (69), Lviv (64), Vinnytsia (48), Chernivtsi (43) and Cherkasy (41) regions.
The ministry anticipates that the implementation of these projects would create some 16,000 new jobs.
As of January 1, 2017, a total of 380 investment projects were implemented in Ukraine in agriculture. Their aggregate cost was UAH 27.9 billion.