Business news from Ukraine

SOWING CAMPAIGN AMID QUARANTINE STARTS QUITE WELL IN ALL UKRAINIAN REGIONS

The sowing campaign amid quarantine started quite well in all regions of Ukraine, the pace is approximately the same as in 2019, with a slight advance due to early spring, Director General of UkrAgroConsult consulting agency Serhiy Feofilov has said.
“The import component in sowing resource is still very high. Nevertheless, the main material and technical resources were imported into Ukraine and purchased by farms before the quarantine and the devaluation. The negative impact on cost of production is still minimal,” the agency said on UkrAgroConsult’s website, citing Feofilov.
Feofilov said that it is a positive point in the fact that corn seeds are mainly produced at Ukrainian seed plants, only parental forms are imported. The expansion of spring grain will be precisely due to corn. The situation with plant protection is almost the same, namely all needed is imported, except that the line of products will decrease against expectations, the top manager said.
“The situation is contradictory in terms of fuel. Fuel supply is sufficient and the main intrigue is the price level. On the one hand, we can expect it to decline after the oil falls. On the other hand, fuel sellers tend to price stabilization, given hryvnia devaluation and a possible reduction in supplies,” the director general of UkrAgroConsult said.

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WATSONS CLAIMS ILLEGAL CLOSURE OF STORES OVER QUARANTINE BY DECISION OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES

DC Ukraine LLC, which manages a drogerie store chain in Ukraine, has said that their stores were illegally closed over quarantine under a decision of local authorities.
According to the press service, in some regions local authorities are trying to close the network stores during quarantine. At the same time, the main range of goods at Watsons stores consists of essential goods, disinfectants, hygiene products and household goods.
“Guided by the appeal of the President of Ukraine to the ministries, heads of regional administrations, local self-government, heads of enterprises on ensuring the smooth operation of grocery stores, household goods stores, gas stations, pharmacies, banking institutions, insurance companies, a resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, and also taking into account WHO recommendations and the practice of others countries, Watsons continues to work, adhering to the requirements of hygiene standards,” the company said in the press release.
According to the company, the closure of stores selling essential goods is a violation of the rights of people in need of hygiene and disinfection during a pandemic.
“Given all of the above arguments, we emphasize once again the need to continue the work of the drogerie segment. The goal of the Watsons network is to ensure uninterrupted and safe access of the population to the products necessary for maintaining the vital activity,” the company said.
Watsons is the largest chain of beauty and health products stores in Ukraine.

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UKRAINIAN RDS WILL CONTINUE ALL ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AMID QUARANTINE – CO-OWNER

The RDS group of road construction companies will continue road work during the quarantine established due to the spread of coronavirus, and plans to continue to fully fulfill its obligations, RDS co-owner Yuriy Shumakher has told Interfax-Ukraine.
“We express support for the decision of the Ukravtodor management not to curtail the planned projects. The development of infrastructure in the country is the key to Ukraine’s competitiveness and success,” he said.
“The group of RDS road construction companies minimized attendance at work for the staff, but we continue to fully implement all of our road construction projects,” Shumakher added.
According to him, contractors and suppliers in all regions of the presence of RDS Group are working smoothly, there are no problems with the provision of construction materials.
Ukravtodor on March 17 announced its support for the government’s initiatives to prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 in Ukraine and continuation of all roadwork as usual.
“Ukravtodor supports the government’s initiatives to prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 in Ukraine. Therefore, we strongly recommend that everyone who can work remotely take this opportunity. At the same time, we want to emphasize that the deceleration of the season of road works is not yet expected. All construction and repair work continues as normal,” the state agency said.
The Ukrainian group of companies RDS includes Kyivshliakhbud and Rostdorstroy. Its core business is construction, modernization and maintenance of roads and bridges, construction of airfield complexes.
The company is building concrete road H-14 Kropyvnytsky-Mykolaiv. As part of the reconstruction of the H-31 Dnipro-Reshetylivka highway in Poltava region, RDS is building an overpass over the railway and the section of the first concrete road in Ukraine. In 2019, the company won a World Bank tender for work on the first category highway M-03 Kyiv-Kharkiv-Dovzhansky.
As of January 2020, the company operates in seven regions of Ukraine and has ten production facilities.
The ultimate beneficial owners of RDS are Ukrainian citizens Yuriy Shumakher and Yevhen Konovalov. The charter capital of the company is UAH 5.13 million.

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UKRAVTODOR HAS NO PLANS TO STOP ROAD WORKS DURING QUARANTINE

The State Agency of Automobile Roads of Ukraine (Ukravtodor) does not intend to stop road works during the quarantine due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread.
“Ukravtodor supports government initiatives to prevent COVID-19 spread in Ukraine. Therefore, we strongly recommend that everyone who can work remotely take this opportunity. At the same time, we would like to say that the deceleration of road works season is not yet expected. All construction and repair work continues as usual,” the agency said in a statement posted on its website.
Ukravtodor said that the agency insists that contractors put into place the necessary arrangements for the safe work of employees, in particular, conduct an information campaign on virus diseases prevention, regularly monitor the employees’ state of health, and also make disinfectants available.

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NOVA POSHTA DELIVERY CANCELS MAIL STORAGE FEE UNTIL END OF QUARANTINE

The Nova Poshta group of companies has canceled the mail storage fee for clients from March 18, 2020 until the end of the quarantine on April 3, according to a statement on its website. “Nova Poshta will store clients’ packages free of charge until the end of the quarantine. We understand that in the current situation our clients may be unable to collect their mail timely,” the company said.
Nova Poshta continues to work and provide services in full.
“The entire chain of our delivery services works – offices, terminals, couriers, automated parcel lockers. Cargo transportation is carried out without restrictions. In addition, international delivery service operates in an ordinary course,” the company said.
All offices of Nova Poshta are supplied with disinfectors, protective masks and gloves. All surfaces in offices are regularly cleaned with disinfectants.
“We control the distance in queues and prevent gathering of crowds of people. Our employees undergo primary examination and are not admitted to work if they feel worse,” Nova Poshta said.
As reported, Nova Poshta temporarily closed offices in shopping and entertainment centers in several cities due to quarantine measures and continues to work in a normal mode.

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UKRAINE DEVELOPS BILL ON COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS INTRODUCING LIABILITY FOR NON-COMPLIANCE WITH QUARANTINE

The draft law “On priority decisions related to the prevention, prophylaxis and elimination of the COVID-19 coronavirus, other infectious diseases associated with it, as well as crisis response measures to prevent the spread of the epidemic” provides a clear algorithm for forced isolation and self-isolation, as well as liability for non-compliance with quarantine.
Minister of Health of Ukraine Illia Yemets presented the bill on Friday to MPs and representatives of relevant departments at a meeting of the working group under the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Health, Medical Assistance and Medical Insurance to draft legislative proposals aimed at preventing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Ukraine.
The bill also provides for the simplification of the procurement of goods, works and services to prevent and combat coronavirus, which will speed up the process of purchasing personal protective equipment and test systems; the ability to work remotely; a ban on holding mass events with more than 200 people; a ban on conducting state surveillance and control measures during the implementation of measures related to the prevention and control of coronavirus; strengthening control of entry and exit to the territory of Ukraine.
According to the press service of the Ministry of Health, deputies supported the initiative and made several amendments to it.

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