Business news from Ukraine

STATE AGENCY FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY SEEKS TO LAUNCH ‘GREEN’ BONDS IN UKRAINE

The State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine seeks to launch the “green” bonds market in Ukraine in two years to attract financing to energy efficiency projects, Agency Head Serhiy Savchuk has said.
“Today, the market of green bonds is developing rapidly in the world. Ukraine lacks the legislation. There is “appetite” of Ukrainian and foreign investors to buy bonds. The main thing is that the principles and procedures of the “green” bonds market comply with international standards. We will implement them in our legislation. We will start the development of the “green” bond market. I think it will take two years,” Savchuk said at a press conference on Thursday.
According to him, the relevant changes are contained in the bill on the capital market and regulated markets, developed by the agency in cooperation with the National Commission for Securities and the Stock Market.
Savchuk recalled that the “green” bonds are a debt financial instrument, the proceeds from the sale of which are used to finance “green” projects.
According to the head of the energy efficiency agency, “green” bonds can be issued by corporations, international banks, the state or municipalities.

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AUCHAN TO LAUNCH NEW FORMATS OF STORES IN UKRAINE

Auchan Retail Ukraine, part of French-based Auchan Holding, in April 2018 will open the first store in the “superstore” format (supermarket) under the name Auchan Zoriany with an area of 3,500 square meters in the Dafi shopping center, the press service of Auchan has told Interfax-Ukraine.
“We position this store as a “superstore,” a supermarket where, in addition to practical goods and everyday purchases, you can find products for pleasure, gastronomic specialties, our exclusive brands … “Proximity” is also one of the directions we plan to develop in Ukraine. The concept and location are now under consideration and development,” the press service noted.
According to its data, the focus in the new supermarket will be made on food and own production. In addition, the infrastructure of the facility will include a cafe.
In general, Auchan plans in 2018 to open several outlets in the “supermarket” format in Kyiv.
In addition, the French retailer plans to actively develop exclusive brands, which are represented only in the Auchan network, namely Cosmia (cosmetics), In Extenso (textiles), Actuel (household goods), and Qilive (electronics).

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