Business news from Ukraine

GLOBAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPENDING TO INCREASE BY NEARLY 5% IN 2022

Global spending on information technology (IT) in 2022 will increase by 4.4% and exceed $4.4 trillion, research company Gartner Inc predicts.
In 2021, they increased by 9.5% to $4.26 trillion.
“This has been one of the busiest years for CIOs ever,” said John-David Lovelock, vice president of research at Gartner. their time and attention.”
However, CIOs are ramping up investments, unlike what happened in early 2020, he added.
Gartner estimates that the enterprise software sector will show the fastest recovery both this year (up 9.8%) and in 2023 (up 11.8%).
Overall, IT spending is expected to rise 5.5% next year to $4.67 trillion.

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UKRAINIAN PARLIAMENT ENLARGES DEFENSE SPENDING WITH 1.7-BLN-POUND LOAN FROM UK

Ukraine’s spending on the development and procurement of weapons and military hardware in 2022 has been increased by UAH 67.57 billion with UK loans totaling 1.7 billion and aimed at bolstering capacities of the Ukrainian Navy.
The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada adopted the respective bill by 342 votes on Tuesday.
The bill enlarges this year’s budget expenditures from UAH 1,525.930 trillion to UAH 1,593.5 trillion with the special fund’s growth to UAH 221.11 billion.
Meanwhile, the budget deficit ceiling was raised from UAH 188.8 billion to UAH 256.36 billion, including UAH 96.1 billion for the special fund.
In addition, the budget no longer has restrictions at the amount of 3% of the planned revenue for the provision of state guarantees, as well as restrictions at the amount of UAH 10 billion and UAH 20 billion, respectively, for the provision of portfolio guarantees and loan guarantees, in order to increase the national defense capacity.
The bill limits road fund expenditures. “The money will be primarily spent on repaying the state debt, defense, and the development and maintenance of roads,” the Servant of the People faction said in comment on the bill.
An explanatory note says that Ukraine will be implementing state investment projects to purchase two minesweepers from British suppliers, to deliver and service these minesweepers, to ensure the joint construction of eight missile craft, and to deliver and install weapons on the available ships. It is also planned to jointly build a frigate and to receive advisory and technical support for the construction of naval infrastructure, including the delivery of equipment.
At the end of January, the Verkhovna Rada ratified a framework intergovernmental agreement on loan funding of the development of the Ukrainian Navy. The agreement was signed in London on November 12, 2021, to envisage allocations for the construction of eight missile craft, the procurement of two minesweepers from the UK, and the opening of two naval bases in Ukraine.

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