Business news from Ukraine

60% OF UKRAINIANS NOT SUPPORT LAND SALE LAW

The Verkhovna Rada vote for the law on land sale is supported by 26% of Ukrainians, while 60% are against the law adoption, the results of the social survey assessing the success of the government and society’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic and political events in the country, conducted by Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) on April 7-11.
“If a national referendum on the sale of agricultural land was held in the next week, 26% of those who are to participate in the referendum would vote in favor of the sale of land, and 74% against the sale of land,” KIIS said in a press release.
Some 32% of respondents believe that it is better now for Ukraine to cooperate with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) receiving new loans; 46% hold another opinion and said that it is now better not to cooperate with IMF and not to receive new loans.
The survey was conducted using the CATI method (computer-assisted telephone interviews) based on a random sampling of mobile phone numbers. During the survey, some 2,000 interviews were conducted in all regions of Ukraine, controlled by the government. The sample is representative for the adult population (18 years of age and older). The statistical sampling error (with a probability of 0.95 and taking into account the design effect of 1.1) does not exceed 2.2% for indicators close to 50%, 2.1% for indicators close to 25%, 1.4% for indicators close to 10%.

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STATE PROPERTY FUND OF UKRAINE TO ANNOUNCE AUCTION FOR SALE OF DNIPRO HOTEL IN APRIL

The State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPF) will announce an auction for the sale of the Dnipro Hotel located downtown Kyiv in April 2020, Head of the SPF Dmytro Sennychenko said on Facebook on Thursday, March 12. According to Sennychenko, the SPF, together with the new hotel management, are carrying out financial and technical audit at the facility.
“We have intensified preparations for the auction, that will allow us to start the auction in April and find a new owner for the hotel in May,” he reported.
The SPF head said, the net financial result of the Dnipro Hotel amounted to UAH 146,000 in the end of 2019.
As reported, the starting price of the hotel will be $10 million.
Earlier, the SPF appointed Elina Sapozhkova as the new director of the Dnipro Hotel.

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LIFTING MORATORIUM ON FARMLAND SALE IS SIGNIFICANT IMPETUS TO DEVELOPMENT OF ECONOMY – UKRAINIAN PM

The lifting of the moratorium on the sale of agricultural land is a significant impetus to the development of the economy, farming and the agro-industrial complex.
“The lifting of the moratorium on the sale of agricultural land is a significant impetus for the development of the economy, farming, the agricultural complex in Ukraine,” Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on Telegram.
As reported, on the night of March 31, the Verkhovna Rada at an extraordinary meeting adopted a law on opening the land market from July 1, 2021 with the restriction of its work in the first three years only to land plots owned by individuals with a maximum ownership of 100 hectares per capita.

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PHARMACY SALES IN UKRAINE IN JAN-OCT AMOUNTES UAH 66.663 BLN

Pharmacy sales in Ukraine in January-October 2019 in monetary terms decreased by 3.37% compared to the same period in 2018 and amounted to UAH 66.663 billion. Business Credit told Interfax-Ukraine over the period pharmacy sales in natural terms decreased by 9%, to 1.139 billion packages.
According to the company, retail sales of medicines in January-October in monetary terms fell by 4.79%, to UAH 53.987 billion, in natural terms by 16.8%, to 693.988 million packages.
The average weighted price of all categories of pharmacy retail products in January-October amounted to UAH 58, medicines some UAH 77.79.

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2/3 UKRAINIANS AGAINST SALE OF LAND

As many as 29% of Ukrainians support the passage of a bill on the land market by the Verkhovna Rada in the first reading, while 64% disapprove of this, the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) found after conducting a public opinion poll.
The poll showed that 11.4% of respondents fully support the Rada’s passage on November 13 of legislation allowing the sale of land and another 17.3% are inclined to support it, while 15.4% are inclined to disapprove of this decision, 50% are completely opposed, and 5.9% were undecided or refused to answer.
If a referendum on the sale of agricultural land was held in Ukraine next Sunday, 22% of Ukrainians would support it, 59% would vote against, 14% would not cast their ballots, and 5% said they were still undecided.
The KIIS polled 1,500 respondents aged 18 and older using computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI) on November 22-25.

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MICROSOFT EXPECTS GROWTH IN INCOME FROM SALE OF CLOUD TECHNOLOGIES BY 50% IN UKRAINE

The largest global software maker Microsoft Corp. expects growth in income from sale of cloud technologies in Ukraine by 50% every year in the coming two years, Director of Microsoft Ukraine LLC Jan Peter De Jong said during the press breakfast in Kyiv on Thursday.
At the same time, he said that as part of the global digital transformation in the company at the global level, the development and implementation of customer access to cloud services are becoming a priority in Ukraine.
De Jong said that this is about all the cloud services of Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Dynamics.
“Digital transformation allows rethinking the ways people, data and processes interact. A digital transformation strategy that focuses on these three main components will make your company more effective for customers and gain a competitive advantage in a digital-oriented world,” he said.
The world’s largest software maker Microsoft Corp. increased its net profit in the first quarter of FY2020 by 21%, including thanks to the cloud business.

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