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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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SkyUp Airlines will launch flights on the Odessa-Thessaloniki (Greece)-Odessa route from July 6.
According to the press service of the company, they will be performed once a week on Tuesdays.
There are currently no direct flights from Odessa to Thessaloniki.

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The transnational German transport company Hapag-Lloyd has announced the opening of the company’s Ukrainian office in Odessa.
According to the company’s press release, among the advantages of Ukraine, Hapag-Lloyd notes the strategic geographical position, the attractiveness of the export market for mineral resources and agricultural production.
“Ukraine is an important importer of electronics, equipment and consumer goods, as well as the location of operations for some of the world’s largest multinational companies, which opens up great opportunities for sea carriers such as Hapag-Lloyd,” the Ukrainian office of the company said.
The new office will be located in Odessa. At the moment, it already employs more than 20 people.
“The economic growth of the country is convincing, and many Ukrainian shippers are already using the services of Hapag-Lloyd. Opening our new office in Ukraine, we pay tribute to the excellent business development and great opportunities that we see in this market,” the company’s management said.
Hapag-Lloyd was founded in 1970 and owns a fleet of 241 modern container ships with a total carrying capacity of 1.7 million tonnes. Hapag-Lloyd has a container capacity of approximately 2.8 million tonnes, including one of the largest and most modern refrigerated container fleets.

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The China-Europe freight train with household goods, which departed from Guangzhou on May 29, arrived at the DP World TIS Pivdennyi unloading sea container terminal, the press service of the Ukrainian logistics company UNI-LAMAN GROUP, which is the initiator and organizer of this project, said on Tuesday night.
According to the operator, the train arrived on June 19, but the official welcoming ceremony took place on Tuesday, June 22. The trip from Guangzhou to Odessa region took 22 days. The train ran through China, Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine, through the customs posts Erlian – Zamyn-Üüd, Naushki – Sükhbaatar, Valuiki – Topoli, Chornomorska station – TIS and covered 8,408 km.
UNI-LAMAN GROUP said that this train transported fifty containers of cargo, including: furniture, electrical equipment and other goods.
“This train will help entrepreneurs receive goods from Guangdong and other southern provinces twice as fast, along with a similar delivery by sea. Today, we see a great demand for this route, so we do not want to be satisfied with what has already been achieved and will direct our efforts towards further fruitful cooperation with China to expand trade between our countries. By the end of the year, we plan to increase the number of these trains to ten per month and make regular trips from other provinces of China,” the press service said, citing UNI-LAMAN GROUP Board Chairman Hennadiy Sorochynsky.
The train will run on a regular schedule, which is included in the schedule of the state railway of China.

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