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More than 3 million tourists visited Odesa in 2021, Mayor of the city Hennadiy Trukhanov has said.
“Today, we are entering the pre-COVID period and have the following data: more than 3 million tourists visited Odesa this year,” he said at a meeting of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities under the President of Ukraine on Thursday in Kyiv.
According to him, the growth of the indicator was influenced by the launch of the airfield complex, as well as the creation of a pedestrian zone in the center of Odesa.
“We are implementing the project and have created a pedestrian center, which is the largest in Ukraine – more than 6 km, 10 streets, squares, parks. There are 170 architectural monuments in the pedestrian center zone, of which 31 are monuments of national importance,” Trukhanov said.
At the same time, the mayor asked for state support in the renovation of the Odesa park Yuvileiny.

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Odesa 5T is a business event arranged in the South of Ukraine, an international platform for interaction, networking, cooperation, dialogue and discussions between the governmental agencies, municipalities, the international community, diplomatic missions, organizations, foundations, business circles and experts.

Odesa 5T features projects in five key directions of the city development: tourism, transport, technology, trade, trust.

For the sixth year in a row, Odesa 5T will serve as a platform for business and start-up presentations, a perfect spot to meet new partners, investors, business angels, a platform showcasing Odessa’s capacities, the business community of this city, Ukraine and the whole world.

This year the event has reached a new level: there will be a joint presentation of the investment potential of Odessa and the Odessa region.

The Forum will focus mainly on the Odessa Development Strategy 2030, a new large-scale project to create an eco-industrial park “Priority Development Zone in Odessa”, trends in the regional investment market, government support for domestic and foreign investors.

The business vision “Odessa Region – 2050” initiated by the Odessa Business Club will be presented to the participants.

The event will be attended by the leading Ukrainian and international speakers.

On the first day of the event, September 16, the pannelists will discuss the following:

  • Instruments of state support for investment activities as drivers of the regional economic growth.


Sergey Grinevetsky, Head of the Odessa Regional State Administration

Dmitrii Sinichenko, Chairman of the State Property Fund of Ukraine, representative of the EBRD

  • Trust “Dialogue between Government and Business”

Moderator: Sergey Tetiukhin, Deputy Mayor of Odessa


Anatolii Dolinnii, Ukrainian Business Council

Maksim Svirsky, Manager of the Executive Committee under the City Council

Anna Derevianko, EBA

Artem Stepanchuk, TM UFT

  • Industrial parks


Roman Babitskii, Chairman of the Council for the International Investment and Economic Development of Ukraine

Eymantas Kludoulas, Klaipedos FEZ

Yuri Filyuk, “Prompribor”

Vitali Barannikov, Ecopolis KhTZ

Svetlana Yarovaya, Vinnytsia Municipal Innovation Center, Vinnytsia Industrial Park

Alongside, several memorandums will be signed.

On the first day, the Made in Odesa & Invest in Odesa exposition will be open for public on the territory of the concert hall, where entrepreneurs and representatives of the municipality will showcase the products, services and projects made in Odessa.

At the end of the first day there will be the traditional evening 5T Awards ceremony, which will recognize projects and companies that have achieved success in the five key areas of Odesa 5T and contributed to the development of the city in 2020.

On the second day, September 17, the leading speakers and fundraisers from Europe, as well as the well-known urbanists and architects from Ukraine will take the stage.

A workshop with the designer and chief urbanist of Eindhoven, Cees Donkers (Netherlands) is a must-be event.

Daria Pikalova, fundraiser of the Odessa 5T grant office, will present the results of the grant project Digital Cultural Routes: A Tool for the Development of the Cultural Sector, a mobile application called Let’s Odesa.

Note: We took all the possible preventive measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 as per the official requirements.

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The cargo terminal will be launched at the Odessa international airport in 2022, Director General of the enterprise Vitaliy Semenchenko said in an exclusive interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
“We have an arrangement as a letter of understanding, which allow us to discuss, without sealing any rights and obligations, but confirming our interest, with the largest European cargo operator. We are now in almost a daily dialog on technical issues. The terminal is being formed, its volume and structure. It will definitely work in 2022,” Semenchenko said.
According to him, the project of the cargo terminal will be implemented using private investments, but their volume has not yet been named, since it depends, first of all, on the requirements of future tenants. “There will definitely be a cooling zone, a zone of dangerous goods, the necessary equipment will be bought depending from their volume,” Semenchenko said.

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Together with Andrii Dligach, a futurist, and Vlad Mikhnenko, Oxford’s Associate Professor, CEOs of the major Odessa-based companies have released an economic business vision of the city. Its presentation will take place on September, 17 as part of the Odessa Business Forum.
The Club’s Mission is to promote a positive image of Odessa in Ukraine and worldwide, to make a statement as a city built for life, investments, and doing business.
The Odessa Region Economic Strategy 2050 outlines the priorities in such sectors as investments, exports, industrial development, transport and logistics, tourism, culture, and entertainment.
The Odessa Business Forum is a standing platform and an annual event. Its key objective is to present mid-term and short-term plans to implement the main vectors of the economic strategy, to summarize and compare results, and to update its aims and purposes.
Dmytro Kazavchynskii, the Co-founder of the Odessa Business Club, emphasizes: “Loving Odessa in words alone is not enough. We need to do something for our beloved city.”
This was the commitment taken when the Economic Business Vision of the Odessa Region 2050 was created.
Speakers that support the OBF:
● Vlad Mikhnenko, Candidate of Science, Associate Professor of sustainable urban development, researcher at St. Peter’s College at Oxford University
● Karl-Filip Coenegrachts, strategist and innovator from Ghent (Belgium), creator of an alternative vision and concepts for Smart Cities and Cities of People
● Andrii Dlygach, Founder and CEO of Advanter Group; Doctor of Economics, strategist, futurologist; Expert in shaping business breakthrough strategies; Member of the Boards of Directors at the Digital Transformation Institute and SingularityU Kyiv; CEO, Luniter troubleshooting; Professor at the KSE Business School; Co-founder of the Board business community
● Cees Donkers, Urban designer at City as a LAB, one of the key founders of Dutch Design Week. Eindhoven’s chief urbanist
● Valeria Ionan, Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation for European Integration since 2019. Responsible for the national projects Diia.Business and Diia.Digital Education, online security and European integration
● Dmytro Kazavchinsky, Co-founder of Odessa Business Club and GST Company
● Andreas Flodstrom Co-founder and CEO at Beetroot and Beetroot Academy, Ukrainian-Swedish companies
● Andrii Zdesenko, Founder and CEO of Biosphere Corporation, owner of Charisma Fashion Group and co-founder of the Ukrainian restaurant chain Vapiano, Co-founder of the Inspira business club in the city of Dnipro
● Oleksandr Bornyakov, Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation for IT Development. Co-founder of IT-Cluster Odessa
● Maxim Bakhmatov (Moderator), founder and Head of the Office of Transformation, Managing Partner of UNIT.City, innovator, businessman, entrepreneur, ex-CEO of VDNKh (National Exhibition and Cultural Center based in Kyiv)
…and more.
The host of the first Odessa Business Forum will be a Ukrainian marketer, founder of Fedoriv Group Andrii Fedoriv.
We are open to cooperation with everyone who cares about Odessa and the positive image of Ukraine abroad.
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A new runway of Odessa International Airport from July 16 began to accept aircraft, the first board to land on the runway was internal flight PQ107 from Boryspil to Odessa of SkyUp Airlines.
“The new runway is the starting point of a new era, our airport is beginning to transform into a powerful air hub in Eastern Europe,” Director of Odessa International Airport Volodymyr Semenchenko said during the opening ceremony of the development concept.
According to his forecasts, after last year’s drop in passenger traffic, Odessa airport expects to accept 1.45 million people in 2021, and reach 4 million in 2026.
The length of the new runway is 2.8 km, the width is 45 meters, construction work lasted 31 months. The accompanying infrastructure was also built: two steering lanes, a modern navigation system for landing, an apron in front of the new terminal, four bridges for boarding and disembarking passengers.
For the first time in Eastern Europe, the technology of “heavy” concrete with a thickness of 40 cm was used, due to which the strength and capacity of the strip was doubled.
According to Semenchenko, after extending the strip up to 3.2 km, the airport will be able to accept E class aircraft, which operate long-haul flights.

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Singapore’s Dachex Shipping Pte. Ltd became the winner of the third stage of the procedure for selecting the customer for the processing of customer-supplied raw materials for JSC Odesa Port-Side Chemical Plant.
According to a statement on the plant’s website, the company offered the best additional conditions for cooperation, namely: the conclusion of a financing agreement (interest-free loan) for up to $20 million for a period of two years.
As reported, on April 19, 2021, Odesa Port-Side Chemical Plant suspended the procedure for selecting a “customer” at the claim of trader United Energy LLC, part of the Privat Group. At the same time, the plant said that it would appeal this court ruling in order to return to making a decision on the winner of the selection procedure or holding the third stage – negotiations.
First Deputy Head of the State Property Fund (SPF) Denys Kudin told Interfax-Ukraine that the other day the court sided with the enterprise.
Before receiving a court verdict on a pause in the competition, the plant held an electronic tender for the tolling processing of raw materials and shipment of products that day, in which ten companies took part.
ccording to the protocol of the exchange, all 10 participants in the auction offered the lowest possible “zero” coefficient of limit, which is part of the formula for calculating the “additional remuneration.” Accordingly, at the next stage, the plant shall negotiate with all bidders to determine the winner.

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