Business news from Ukraine

EUROPEAN COMMISSION PROVIDES EUR 500 MLN OF ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that the European Commission has made a favorable decision on the provision of a first tranche of the fourth macrofinancial assistance of the European Union (EU) to Ukraine in the amount of EUR 500 million and thanked the European Commission for its decision. “Sincerely grateful to the European Commission for positive decision to disburse to Ukraine first tranche of the 4th EU macrofinancial assistance program in the amount of EUR 500 mln,” Poroshenko said on its Facebook page on Friday.

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UKRAINE EXPORTS 90% OF ‘ORGANIC’ PRODUCTS – EXPERT

Ukraine of the total sales of organic raw materials and products exports 90% of goods and sells 10% in the domestic market.
“The domestic market, despite the fact that it is developing, occupies 10% of total sales, while 90% of “organic” goods are exported. Among the leading countries consuming Ukrainian organic products are the Netherlands, Germany, and the United Kingdom,” Olena Berezovska, the president of the Organic Ukraine union of producers of organic certified goods said at a press conference in Kyiv.
In total, Ukraine exports its organic products to more than 40 countries. Among the exported organic crops are maize (99,500 tonnes in 2017), wheat (58,000 tonnes), barley (22,900 tonnes), sunflower (11,600 tonnes), and soybeans (10,900 tonnes).
“According to the Organic Standard certification authority, Ukraine has 585 operators in the organic market. When we summarize statistics data for 2018, the number of organic producers will exceed 600. Now 14% of the total number of operators are processors. Of the 80 processors, 55 sell their products in the stores of the country. The growth in the sales of organic products in the key networks of Ukraine during 2018 amounted to 5%. There are more than 400 items in the product range,” Berezovska said.
According to her, in 2018 a number of Ukrainian manufacturers received the status of “organic.”

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INDIAN PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS ACCOUNT FOR 5% OF TOTAL PHARMACEUTICAL CONSUMPTION IN UKRAINE

The Indian pharmaceutical market in Ukraine could grow by 2% in 2019, President of the Indian Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association (IPMA) Dr. Menon has said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine. “Indian pharmaceutical products consistently rank third among importing countries in Ukraine. We are optimistic about 2019 and we expect the market of Indian pharmaceutical products to grow in Ukraine,” he said.
Indian Ambassador to Ukraine Partha Satpathy, in turn, notes that India can meet the needs of Ukraine in inexpensive and high-quality medicines.
“Indian pharmaceutical products account for only 5% of the total pharmaceutical consumption in Ukraine. This is a large amount – more than $150 million, but in today’s conditions Ukraine needs effective medicines that will not be very expensive. This is where Indian pharmaceutical manufacturers will help, whose medicines cost one-sixth, one-tenth of the western analogues. All medicines are certified by the WHO,” he said.
The ambassador also noted that India ranks first in terms of the number of GMP certified products, therefore the Indian pharmaceutical market in Ukraine should grow.

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UKRAINE AND MOLDOVA PLAN TO BRING MUTUAL TRADE TO $1 BLN IN 2018

Ukraine and Moldova plan to bring mutual trade to $1 billion in 2018. This was discussed during a meeting of the heads of government of Ukraine and Moldova, Volodymyr Groysman and Pavel Filip, in Kyiv on Saturday, the press service of the Ukrainian government said.
“I’d like to note the positive trends in our mutual trade. According to the results of the first half of the year, we have increased our trade by 40% – up to about $500 million. We can reach $1 billion by the end of the year,” said Groysman.
The premiers also noted that the planned joint activities between Ukraine and Moldova are being carried out. So, joint control has been introduced at the international check point Kuchurgan – Pervomaisk, two more control points are being prepared for this procedure. The issue of drivers’ stay on the territory of Ukraine and Moldova has been settled.
We plan in the near future to start construction of a new bridge across the Dniester and further implementation of the project is to merge the power systems of the two countries with the European ENTSO-E system.

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UKRAINE EXPORTS 16.6 MLN TONNES OF GRAIN IN 2018/2019 MARKETING YEAR

Ukraine since the beginning of the 2018/2019 marketing year (MY, July-June) and as of November 21 had exported 16.58 million tonnes of grain, which is almost 4.9% more than on the same date of the previous MY.
According to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, the country exported 8.8 million tonnes of wheat, 3 million tonnes of barley, and 4.4 million tonnes of corn.
In addition, 82,500 tonnes of flour had been exported on that date.
As reported, with reference to the ministry, Ukraine exported 39.4 million tonnes of grain in the 2017/2018 MY. Grain exports in the 2018/2019 MY are projected to be 42.5 million tonnes.

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SINGAPORE’S TRADING COMPANY AGROCORP OPENS OFFICE IN UKRAINE

Singapore’s Agrocorp has opened its office in Ukraine, according to information from the public register of companies and individual entrepreneurs. The Ukrainian subsidiary was registered on October 17, 2018. The owner of the company is Agrocorp International PTE Ltd. (Singapore). The director of the newly created company is Yuriy Klympush. The charter capital is UAH 698,200.
According to information on the website, Agrocorp International was founded in 1990. Its core business is trade with crops, in particular, wheat, rice, oilseeds, sugar, cotton and nuts, and their processing.
The company has 22 representative offices in 22 countries and trades in over 30 countries.
Agrocorp started its processing business in 2012 in Canada, currently has eight plants in four countries, with a total capacity of 700,000 tonnes.

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