Business news from Ukraine


The opening of tenants’ space on the second floor of the Cherry Mall in Vyshneve, Kyiv region is scheduled for November 10, 2019.
“Today the second floor of the Cherry Mall is almost ready, most of the floor tenants are completing repairs. In particular, Budynok Іhrashok, Foxtrot, as well as a food court on the second floor, in particular, New York Street Pizza, Kryla, burger’s place and other fast food establishments. We set the task to open the second and second+ floors by November 10,” Technical Director of the shopping center Viktor Bleskin told Interfax-Ukraine.
He also said that Sport Life is actively carrying out repair work, which occupied the entire third floor, as well as the Linia Kino cinema chain and the Play & Jump children’s entertainment center on the fourth level.
“The official opening of the entire mall is tentatively planned for the middle of December. By this time, all tenants must complete repairs at their facilities,” Bleskin added.
According to CEO of Edelburg Development (the project developer) Serhiy Kucher, the development of megamalls today is an erroneous strategy.
“It is clear now that local facilities of 20,000-30,000 square meters will live much longer and grow faster,” he said.
As reported with reference to the project manager, partner of UTG (exclusive agent for the rental of retail space in the Cherry Mall), Artiom Neposedov, the first floor in the new Cherry Mall shopping center of 3,400 square meters was opened in September 2019.

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Ukraine’s parliament has adopted draft law No. 1071 on amending certain laws of Ukraine involving the development of activities in space and attracting investments to Ukraine’s space sector. The bill will allow private companies to engage in activities in space, including launching rockets into space. Some 308 members of parliament supported the adoption of the bill in its second reading and as a whole, including its technical and legal amendments, at a plenary session on Friday.
According to the explanatory note to the bill, the text of which was published on parliament’s website, the bill will ensure the creation of a competitive environment for the development of private property enterprises along with the public sector of the space industry, and will also help attract investment in Ukraine’s space industry.
According to the text of the document, the basic principles of space activities in Ukraine are: state support for the commercialization of space activities and attracting investments in Ukraine’s space industry, opening outer space for citizens and legal entities and the ability to freely explore and use outer space, including the use of outer space and the resources contained therein, with restrictions only when necessary to ensure compliance with national security interests.
The importance of promoting international cooperation, maintaining and developing existing international relations in the space industry, taking into account national interests, is also emphasized in the bill.
Under the new law, companies will not be required to apply for licenses to work in the space sector.
Currently, only state-owned companies can carry out activities related to testing, production and operation of space launch vehicles in Ukraine.

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A new version of the draft law “On amendments into some legislative acts of Ukraine on favoring of space development and attracting investments into space sector of Ukraine” that permits private companies to launch space rockets and conduct work in space.
The document was drafted by the group of the deputies from Servant of the People faction, eHealth coordinator Jaanika Merilo wrote on Facebook.
“On the first day, the deputies registered a bill to open space for private companies, but it turned out that this bill was not the one that was developed by BRDO [Better Regulation Delivery Office] and the private market. Many thanks to the deputies, the head of the committee and the author of the bill, Dmytro Natalukha, the Servant of the People team and Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk for their quick response, absolute understanding and cooperation regarding the fact that the sky needs to be opened. After consultations and discussion of problems in this bill, the bill was recalled and resubmitted in a form that really opens the sky,” she wrote.
According to Merilo, there are many companies in Ukraine that could develop various different solutions for the space industry, emphasizing that space today is more likely to relate to logistics than to the defense sector.
Following the explanatory note to the bill, the text of which was published on the website of the Verkhovna Rada, its adoption will ensure the creation of a competitive environment for the development of private property enterprises along with the public sector of the space industry, as well as lead to attract investment in the space industry of Ukraine.
At present, activities related to the testing, production and exploitation of rocket vehicles can only be carried out by the state-owned companies.

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The share of vacant space on the office real estate market in Kyiv in the first quarter of 2019 fell by 0.4 percentage points (p.p.), reaching 7.2%, the press service of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) in Ukraine has reported. “We expect a further decline in vacancy, although not significant. On the one hand, the low commissioning volume that has been observed on the market since 2015 and steady demand contribute to the absorption of space in existing buildings, on the other hand, rising rental rates restrain the activity of tenants,” Head of office Group at JLL, Alexandra Globina said.
The highest rental rates in class A facilities in the first quarter of 2019 increased 6%, to $32 per sq. m. a month, which corresponds to the value of five years ago, according to JLL. At the same time, rental rates in class B facilities also increased to $25 per sq. m. a month.
According to JLL, a decrease in vacancy and an increase in rental rates have led to a gradual increase in developer activity.
The total volume of transactions in the office real estate market in Kyiv in the first quarter of 2019 amounted to 22,500 square meters, with about half of the transactions accounted for IT-companies, JLL experts said.

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The share of vacant space in the market of shopping centers in Kyiv in the fourth quarter of 2018 for the first time in the last two years has stabilized at 3.7%, the press service of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) consulting company in Ukraine has said.
“The cessation of decline in the vacancy rate is due to the achievement of a temporary equilibrium in the market of shopping centers in Kyiv. After a significant increase in the first half of the year (by 20%) to almost the pre-crisis level of $1,140 per sq m a year, rental rates have also stabilized,” Yekateryna Vesna, the head of the retail space department at JLL (Ukraine), said.
According to the company, over the year the vacancy rate in the capital market decreased by 1.9 percentage points and amounted to 3.7%.
“At the same time, in comparison with other European capitals, rental rates in Kyiv remain relatively low: for example, the maximum rental rate in Warsaw is higher by 55%, in Prague by 80%. The relatively low cost of premises together with the growth of public purchasing power contributed to sustainable demand from international retailers in the Ukrainian market. This was also supported by the desire of lessors to increase the presence of well-known global brands in their facilities,” the expert said.

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The Hungarian company New Work Serviced Offices on November 16 opened the first co-working space in Ukraine, an object of 960 square meters located on the third floor of the Globus 2 shopping center on the Independence Square in Kyiv.
According to the press service of the trade center, the New Work Labs Globus smart space includes meeting rooms, a conference room for up to 60 people, an event area, skype rooms, a kitchen, recreational islands, and its own coffee bar.
“Residents receive individual access to the space through a mobile application, thanks to the use of the KISI system,” the report says.
In addition, co-working residents in the Globus shopping center will be able to work not only in the Kyiv location, but also in Budapest, Warsaw, and Prague. The company currently manages 12 locations in Eastern Europe.
According to the press service, the co-working service offers tariff plans from four hours a day to monthly tariffs with a fixed individual workplace or a private office for the whole team. At the same time, it is possible to work in co-working 24/7.
New Work Labs (Hungary) was established in 2012 and is engaged in the provision of co-working space for the needs of growing companies and individuals.

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