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TENDER TO BUILD SUBWAY TO VYNOHRADAR DISTRICT IN KYIV COMPLETED

Municipal enterprise Kyiv Metropoliten, the customer for construction of a subway line to the Vynohradar residential area in Kyiv, has reported that after a tender OJSC Kyivmetrobud offered the lowest price for the implementation of works and the acceptation procedure has been launched.
“In the ProZorro public procurement system, a tender for the construction of the Syretsko-Pecherska subway line section from the Syrets station to the Vynohradar residential area with a depot in the Podilsky district (the section from the Syrets station to the Pravdy Avenue station with two stations (Mostytska and Pravdy Avenue) and the section towards the Vynohradar station (the first stage of construction) was completed,” Kyiv Metropoliten reported last week on its Facebook page.
According to the report, the lowest price for the work was offered by OJSC Kyivmetrobud – UAH 12.214 million below expected value.
“In accordance with the legislation, the procedure for acceptance has begun,” Kyiv Metropoliten reported.
According to the screenshot of the corresponding tender from the Prozorro website posted in the same message, Kyivmetrobud offered to perform the said work for UAH 5.981 billion with VAT.
Kyiv Metropoliten announced a tender for the construction of a subway line from the Syrets station towards the Vynohradar residential area in the Podilsky district worth UAH 6.3 billion in January 2018. The date of the tender was repeatedly postponed. The tender completed recently was announced on September 11, 2018. The expected cost of work at the last auction fell to UAH 5.99 billion.

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IMF REPRESENTATIVES TO VISIT KYIV ON NOV 4-9

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Resident Representative in Ukraine Goesta Ljungman has reported on the upcoming visit to Kyiv of experts of the fund to discuss the 2019 draft budget, the adoption of which is a condition for providing Ukraine with funding for the new stand by program. According to Ljungman, the experts will stay in Ukraine on November 4-9.

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KYIV INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC FORUM ESTABLISHES DIALOGUE BETWEEN UKRAINIAN AND FOREIGN BUSINESS

Over 2,000 participants of the fifth Kyiv International Economic Forum (KIEF) were exchanging ideas and experience, finding partners, clients, and investors on October 18–19, 2018 in Kyiv. KIEF has confirmed its reputation as a world-class business event and a powerful platform for dialogue between Ukrainian and foreign business, which plays the role of a generator of new investment projects.
More than 100 speakers—well-known entrepreneurs, economists, investors, representatives of financial organizations and authorities from more than 30 countries have participated in this Forum. More than 150 representatives of both Ukrainian and foreign media—from the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Poland, and France—have covered the Forum.
The Forum was opened by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman. He drew attention to the growth of Ukraine’s GDP for ten quarters in a row and the country’s rise in most global ratings, but he also noted that we can and must achieve even greater growth because Ukraine has a large unrealized potential. Mr. Prime Minister is confident that human capital can help the Ukrainian economy to grow by more than 5% a year. Therefore, one of the Government’s priorities is investment in education and training of professional personnel.
The future of countries, businesses, and communities in the high-tech world, where breakthrough technologies and rapid transformations change the rules of the game on the conventional markets, was the key topic of this year’s KIEF. World-renowned experts from various fields gave their insights and predictions about key changes that will influence the humankind in the coming years, and what countries and businesses need to do to use the challenges of the new era for the better. During the discussions, the issue of human capital was of top priority because innovation requires talents and developed ecosystems, not cheap labor and raw materials.
“Five years ago, when I was inviting foreign investors to Ukraine, I told them about cheap labor and smart people. But today these advantages do not work—technology is more important. There are two challenges facing the manufacturing—robotization and artificial intelligence. To effectively use these innovations and beat the competition, companies need talented professionals. Therefore, it is important to ensure all possible conditions for talents to stay in the country and create successful teams here,” comments the initiator of KIEF and founder of the UFuture Investment Group Vasyl Khmelnytsky.
Foreign investors also pointed out the rich human potential of our country. In particular, José Manuel Entrecanales, CEO of Acciona, which entered Ukraine with large investments in renewable energy this year, noted that “Ukraine has more talent that you would normally find at an emerging market.”
Vasyl Khmelnytsky brought into focus another aspect of the new era: “Today many large companies in Ukraine are introducing innovations. As a result, there will be job cuts. Therefore, the state needs to support small and medium businesses, as they can create millions of jobs and balance the situation in the labor market.”
KIEF also plays an important reputation role—it represents Ukraine to foreign business. The Forum helps Ukrainian and foreign entrepreneurs meet in person, find common language and interests, as well as agree on the development of joint projects. Like in previous years, KIEF was attended by numerous delegations of potential investors, this time from Italy, Spain, and others.
Participants of the panel discussions of KIEF 2018 paid much attention to the global competition and transformations businesses need to undergo in various areas in order to survive in modern conditions. During the Forum, industry specialists and entrepreneurs also searched for answers to current issues of the local economy. Among them were: creating innovation ecosystems to retain qualified personnel inside the country, search for resources to develop transport infrastructure, interaction of small, medium and large businesses, introduction of new technologies in the agricultural sector, etc.
Kyiv International Economic Forum (KIEF) is a permanent platform for the formation of Ukraine’s economic development strategy. It is aimed at organizing a dialogue between experts, business and government, adopting the best international experience, creating a roadmap for development and facilitating the conversion of ideas into real actions. www.forumkyiv.org.

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UKRZALIZNYTSIA TO ELECTRIFY TRACK SECTION FROM KYIV TO BORYSPIL AIRPORT

PJSC Ukrzaliznytsia is holding talks about the electrification of the track section from Kyiv to the Boryspil International Airport, acting Board Chairman of Ukrzaliznytsia Yevhen Kravtsov said on the sidelines of the event devoted to the final stage of the selection of projects at Future of Mobility Lab.UZ edition on October 29.
According to him, in case of passenger traffic growth, the company plans to add a diesel train produced by Kriukov Car Building Works on the Central Railway Station – Boryspil Airport route.
“Depending on the demand in the project launch process, we are planning to increase the number of trains and cars of trains. We have an agreement with the KCBW [Kriukov Car Building Works] for the supply of diesel trains. Perhaps they will be exploited in this section in the future, if there is a demand,” he said.
According to Kravtsov, the project’s payback period is 9-10 years, and the planned load during the first year should be at least 80% of the capacity.
“Now we are coordinating the schedule, since after the launch of this express train, the section between Darnytsia and Boryspil will be one of the most stressful in Ukraine, especially considering the large number of passengers, including commuter traffic. We plan that in the first stages of launching the frequency in the peak hours will be about 30-40 minutes, in non-peak hours – 40 minutes or an hour and a half,” Kravtsov said.
He also said that now Ukrzaliznytsia is discussing the need for night trains with the airport – the need for such trips is being discussed, taking into account the small number of night flights from the airport.
The train will be launched by the end of November, but there is no exact date yet, since there are a number of remarks from Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, which should be taken into account, Kravtsov said.
He also said that negotiations are now being completed with the State Aviation Service of Ukraine and UkSATSE regarding the electrification of the section from Kyiv to Boryspil.
“As soon as this is done, it will simplify the issue of using various types of trains on this route,” he said.

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OCCUPANCY OF HOTELS IN KYIV IS 52.4% IN Q3, 2018

The occupancy of Kyiv hotels in July-September 2018 was 52.4%, which is 4% more than in the same period of 2017, such statistics are presented in the study by CBRE Ukraine international consulting company (Kyiv).
“The key performance indicators of the hotel market in Kyiv continued to recover in 2018, especially thanks to the results in April, the month of the UEFA Champions League 2018 final. Thanks to a record high figure in April, when the average occupancy in the market reached 59.4%, the average occupancy rate by the end of the third quarter of 2018 amounted to 52.4% (2.1 p.p. more year-on-year),” CBRE Ukraine said in a report.
According to the report, by the end of the third quarter of 2018, the average price of a room was $106, which is 0.3% higher than in 2017. At the same time, the average yield of a room was 55.5%, which is 4.6 percentage points more compared to the same period of 2017.
According to CBRE Ukraine experts, the increase in profitability of rooms in luxury, upper upscale, upscale and upper midscale hotels was due to a rise in the average price, while the growth of profitability in economy and midscale hotels was due to a high occupancy.
CBRE is the largest consulting company in the real estate field with over 450 offices in the world and about 80,000 employees. The company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
The Ukrainian office of CBRE was opened in January 2008 and is part of the company’s affiliate network.

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H&M OPENS SECOND STORE IN UKRAINE IN KYIV’S SKY MALL

Sweden’s retailer H&M on Thursday opened its store in the Sky Mall in Kyiv, expanding its Ukrainian chain to two stores.
The company’s press service reported that the area of the store is 2,500 square meters.
As reported, the first H&M store in Ukraine with an area of 3,000 square meters was opened on August 18 in Kyiv’s Lavina Mall.
The H&M Group has 47 online marketplaces and over 4,700 stores on 69 international markets jointly with the stores operating under franchise contracts.
According to the unified public register of companies and individual entrepreneurs, the ultimate beneficiary is Stefan Persson (Sweden). The charter capital is UAH 696,900.

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