30/03/2016 The Environment and Energy Experts united to promote creation of the regional economy green system modernization
A preparatory meeting of the Committee of green services providers, which will be formally established in April of this year on the basis of the largest business association in the region – the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry, held this month at the Chamber.
24 experts – representatives of leading regional organizations, engaged in the sphere of energy efficiency and ecology, alternative and high-energy / production management and leading engineering companies, specialized departments of Dnipropetrovsk Universities, NGOs working in the field of solving environmental problems and monitoring of the environment, development of green startups, management of environmental management and ecology of the Dnipropetrovsk regional state administration, representatives of the Program to promote green modernization of Ukrainian economy of German international cooperation office GIZ GmbH and Dnipropetrovsk CCI discussed joint efforts to promote the competitiveness of enterprises of Dnipropetrovsk region, improving the ecological situation in the region, reducing of excessive consumption of natural resources, proximity to European standards of energy efficiency, careful treatment to the environment and sustainable development.
During this meeting the information concerning funding opportunities of green business projects in Dnipropetrovsk region within the Integrated Development Private Partnership (IDPP) was announced, the goal of which - implementing to the regional economy innovative technologies with a positive effect on the environment. Competition of ideas for such a project initiated by the Program to promote green modernization of Ukrainian economy of German international cooperation office GIZ GmbH.
All participants emphasized the importance of creation a proper network of associates and comprehensive attraction to cooperation of enterprises of Dnipropetrovsk region, professional consulting and expert companies, certification bodies, installers of resource-efficient equipment / technology, financial institutions and civil society, science and government exactly on the platform of the regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Be a follower of our green services team!
The «Green Chamber - initiative for sustainable development» project (www.greenchamber.org.ua) is implemented by the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry under the support of Program to promote green modernization of Ukrainian economy of German international cooperation office GIZ GmbH., on behalf of German Government
Project aims and objectives:
1. To promote the green economy ideas and the formation of the regional market of green services via:
- raising of awareness of the local business environment about the green economy possibilities;
- initiating of a constructive dialogue between providers of services and green enterprises, consumers, creating of an effective partnership professional platform on the basis of Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce;
- assistance in forming of ecological market of business consulting services of providers due the popularization of the green economy ideology, it’s advantages and opportunities promotion among users - industrial enterprises and business environment.
2. To strengthen the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry capacity as a platform to build effective dialogue between green services players: providers, enterprise-customers-consumers, government, society, as well as to expand the range of specialized Chamber’s services.
18/03/2016 Education of entrepreneurs, as a part of the UNDP Project, is continuing
Regular seminars on legal and financial aspects of doing business for entrepreneurs - beginners from Donetsk and Lugansk regions, which received funding for restoration or development of business activities within the framework of the UNDP small grants for entrepreneurs program, were held in Dnipropetrovsk.
Consultants on financial and legal issues Gennadiy Golovko and Marianna Belkina tried to cover as many as possible topics related to general legal issues for businesses and the simplified tax system in Ukraine.
The opportunity to learn, appeared due to the Voucher Program, implemented within the UNDP Project "Rapid Response to the Social and Economic Issues of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine" with the financial support of the Government of Japan. The implementing partner in the region is Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
During meetings entrepreneurs had the opportunity to get consultations with leading experts in specific business fields, to discuss issues that are often common to all, to share common solutions etc.
09/02/2016 What are the main barriers for Ukrainian export: businesses point of view
Among the main problems of domestic exporters are: the absence of financial support mechanisms, the customs and logistics procedures which are complicated, absolutely non-competitive by quality and cost, ineffective policy of protecting the interests of domestic producers etc. All this was discussed during a visiting session of Export Promotion Council under the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, held in Dnipropetrovsk.
The event gathered the President of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Gennadiy Chyzhykov, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine – Trade Representative of Ukraine Nataliia Mykolska, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine on European Integration Vladyslava Rutytska, heads of relevant departments of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, businesses of Dnipropetrovsk and nearby regions.
The representatives of governmental institutions in their speeches presented the state export support instruments for SMEs which eliminate foreign markets barriers and discussed with entrepreneurs issues and problems, which business has in promoting their products to the EU, US and Canadian markets.
The President of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Gennadiy Chyzhykov invited entrepreneurs use actively the available business support tools which UCCI and its regional offices have at their disposal.
President of Dnipropetrovsk CCI Vitaliy Zhmurenko, who moderated the meeting, emphasized the importance and necessity of such discussions for uniting of government and business joint efforts to help exporters.
23/11/2015 New opportunities for cooperation with Germany
Saxony-Anhalt is interested in qualified specialists from the Dnipropetrovsk region. This was announced by government minister of the federal grounds Rainer Robra during a meeting at the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where the opportunity to find temporary work places for Ukrainian citizens with a middle specialist education at enterprises of Eastern Germany.
«The Dnipropetrovsk and Magdeburg CCI have already begun preparation for initiation of the project with work placement. A structured list of available vacancies at German enterprises has already been formed. These are mechanics, specialists for maintenance of electronіc technical equipment, operators of machinery with a numeral programming provision, medical workers, etc. The circle of interested enterprises is being decided upon, requirements for candidates and work conditions are being specified», – noted President of Dnipro CCI Vitaliy Zhmurenko.
18/11/2015 What does RECP mean?
Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry organized for regional enterprises - providers of green services the unique opportunity to delegate the technical staff for training course on implementation of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) by the UNIDO methodology.
Training was conducted within the framework of promoting Green Economy Programme to support ecological modernisation of the Ukrainian economy, which implements by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Government.
During event opening Vice President of the Dnipro CCI Sergiy Kucheryavenko declared that the trainings will not be limited only by the theory lessons, but also involve visits to regional leading companies, on the manufacturing facilities of which the practical trainings will take place.
The introductory seminar course concerned the general principles of the RECP concept. Director of the Center of resource-efficient and cleaner production Igor Shylovych presented for participants the UN project for UNIDO Industrial Development.
CEO and expert of the Center Taras Sakalosh and Yuri Haydayenko informed about the purpose of the introduction of clean production techniques, recommendations for the organization of work of national exporters.
The main message of their performances - the idea of cleaner production is that all processes in the company can be improved so that not only to reduce waste and environmental pollution, but also to maintain or obtain additional economic benefit.
06/11/2015 Tax reform - business view
President of Dnipropetrovsk CCI Vitaliy Zhmurenko and members of the regional business community joined the public discussion within the project "National dialogue: discussion about the tax reform concept " with the participation of Deputy Minister of Finance of Ukraine Olena Makeyeva.
For the general discussion was carried off the project developed by exactly the Ministry of Finance. Olena Makeyeva informed that the planned transformation in any case will not be at the expenses of the poor people and pensioners.
It is mandatory to create equal conditions for businesses and simplify tax administration. That is why the basis of the principle of the proposed reform laid down “flat” tax rate - VAT, corporate and individual income tax and Single Social Contribution rate will be 20% each.
Most of the comments were concerned the business problems that was accumulating in this area over the years - an opaque administration, the tax burden etc. There was also hard critic. Representatives of small and medium enterprises emphasized the necessity of creating of a particular taxation model for SMEs because, in their view, the new reform ignores their needs and mainly focused on the interests of big business.
The draft of Tax Code of Ukraine is still being supplemented; many points are to be changed. It is possible that it will be announced together with the draft of the State Budget in January 2016.
Key facts about the project "National dialogue: discussion about the tax reform concept ":
- Is carried out at the initiative of Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatseniuk;
- The organizers - the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine together with Ukrainian media centre of reforms with the support of "Renaissance" foundation;
- Involves a public discussion with representatives of the expert community, business and society in Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Kyiv.
Dialogue with the Polish colleagues.
During a meeting Andrzej Drozd presented the Polish-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce activities, which now unites about 450 members and has head offices in Warsaw and Kiev, units in Katowice, Lublin, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk. He also shared with the Chamber’s plans regarding intentions to arrange a series of educational business activities which will assist to business development in Ukraine.
Krzysztof Latka presented Lublin free economic zone, offices servicing activities of investors and incubators (about 20 in the city), cooperation within the "Eastern Partnership", the work of the International Exhibition Centre. He emphasized the priority of the project "Lublin - the gate to Poland", which is promising for the Ukrainian enterprises on its way to the Polish and the EU market.
Robert Zakrewski told about the economic potential of the city which he represents, more detailed about the most developed areas: the manufacture of furniture, metal structures, design of private aircraft, and machinery for agriculture.
In conclusion the parties agreed to send each other additional suggestions and propositions for dialogue continuation.
Ecological management on regional enterprises
Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry launched series of specialized practical ecological seminars, the main aim of which - to increase professional level of ecology experts, to introduce them with legislation and licensing system changes, with management methods in the enterprise, establishing the procedure of internal operation of relevant specialists.
During first seminar qualified speakers - representatives of state agencies, of project organizations on the Environment and Nature, scientists and environmentalists practices, discussed the current implementation of electronic system of licensing procedures in the field of waste management.
Participants had the opportunity to test new web resources, review the rules, required documents, to get the information and submit an electronic declaration waste on-line on site of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine (http://menr.in.ua).
Practical aspects of partnership with the EU
At the beginning of September, Dnipropetrovs’k Chamber of Commerce and Industry supported by the government of the United Kingdom launched the project that involves carrying out series of free informational and practical workshops covering a vast range of trade and economic issues on the way towards the EU.
The first two of five workshops conducted in the reporting period by the expert-analyst, director of International Institute of Business Galina Perepelitsa and director of the Department of Issues of Standardization, Technical Adjustment, Certification and Balanced natural resource management of the Ukrainian CCI Ol’ga Marushevs’ka – “Practical aspects of partnership with the EU”.
The next workshop devoted to the peculiarities of the tax system of the EU was divided into three parts: tax policy of the European Union, its directives in this sphere, regulation of transfer pricing etc.; basic principles and stages of development of VAT system in the EU, operations, which are subjected to taxation, and rules of application of Taxpayer Identification Number, system of excise duty payment on different sorts of production (alcohol, tobacco, electric power), juridical frames of implementation of electrical trade in the EU etc. As an example, the audience has been familiarized with tax system of Estonia. It was assisted by the lecturers – Lina Novikova, Marianna Bielkina, Olena Boboshko – the experts-practician from the juridical company FTL Assistance, which, in fact, engaged in tax planning for Ukrainian companies interested in cooperation with European countries.
The continuation of the subject was during another workshop “European jurisdictions as the mechanism of business optimization”. The lecturers - director of FTL Assistance Lina Novikova and chief consultant of BTP Group Olena Kuznetchikova shared their experience how to run your own business using registered in the EU companies; they made comparative analysis of the most popular and effective European jurisdictions; explicated the principles of business-models organization, opening and using accounts in European banks, getting the European habitation certificate.
Ghanna Venda, the founder of the Polish company ModernWay reported during online conference about the requirements to the companies and their activity, taxation in Poland.
The fifth workshop on “Protection of intellectual property rights of Ukrainian enterprises while entering the EU market” took place with Ukrainian and foreign experts-patricians. The workshop considered expected changes to the Ukrainian legislation due to the Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement signing; basic regulations of the European Union in the sphere of intellectual property, the Polish experience in this segment, practical tips to Ukrainian businessmen, the European Patent, technology protection in the EU; intellectual property objects audit end export etc.
Director of the company “IPStyle” Mariya Ortyns’ka, who is also the patent attorney of Ukraine reported as a lecturer about the peculiarities of the registration of trademarks, patenting of inventions, utility models and industrial samples in the EU.
She paid attention of regional entrepreneurs to that Paragraph 9 of the Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement was completely devoted to intellectual property. According to the part 3 of the Article 202 of this document, Ukraine is obligated to protect the geographical indications. About three thousand European item names soon will be prohibited to use in names of Ukrainian products. These changes, first of all, will influence alcohol production manufacturers. Ten years transition period is set for them, during which such titles as Champaign, Cognac, Madeira, Porto, Sherry, Calvados, Grappa, Portuguese anise, Armagnac, Marsala, Malaga, Tokaji, Czech beer should be deleted from Ukrainian products names. Milk and cheese producers prevent using such titles as Parmesan, Roquefort, Feta during a period of seven years. Actually, Ukrainian geographical indications are provided with high level of legal security. Our manufacturers have a right to highlight the originality and territorial specialty of their goods.
Positive changes, contained in the Agreement, include the increase of trademark non-use period for previous cessation of certificate from 3 to 5 years. And the fact that Ukraine committed to open access to the electronic database of submissions for trademarks registration, gives the opportunity to follow applications submitted in violation of the rights, in time complaint against violators at the stage of registration makes assessment process of registration trademark usefulness cheaper. Today, such information can be obtained only in a branch of the National Enterprise “Institute of industrial property” (Ukrpatent), it costs more than 720 UAH.
Practical examples were considered too. Partners IPStyle Poland - Patent AOMP Polska Z.o.o shared their experience in the field of intellectual property.
Deputy Ambassador of the United Kingdom Martin Day, drawing up the transitional results of studying, determined its main goal not only as explanation of practical aspects of collaboration with the EU, but also as a possibility to demonstrate to Ukrainian companies that it is possible to be successful on this market and free trade can be mutually beneficial.
The motto of a new project – “Stronger together!”. Methodical references with step-by-step algorithm of actions, based on results of each workshop for entrepreneurs’ assistance are available at web-sites of Dnipropetrovs’k Chamber of Commerce and Industry and some other regional Chambers.
Achievements of the Regional economy
Among the most important achievements of the Dnipropetrovs’k region in the year 2014 are:
- increasing of tempo of involvement of direct investments in economy. It has been earned almost $180 million from the beginning of the year, and the total volume amounts to $8 billion. Thus the region keeps by rights the status of investment gateway of the country.
- active implementation of important regional projects mutually with United States Agency for International Development “USAID”, European Union, UN, the World Bank (Ukrainian Social Investment Fund), government of Canada .
- improvement of financial activities of the national enterprises.
Dnipropetrovs’k Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where more than a half about 900 of its members are enterprises of real production sector, is proud with these labor achievements and sets new goals for itself in the sphere of supporting the business.
Regional business on the eve of the European market
Dnipropetrovs’k hosted the large conference on issues of prospects for business in Ukraine in framework of signed an agreement with the EU.
To help businesses as soon as possible enter to the open door, to adapt and work effectively Dnipropetrovs’k Regional State Administration, Regional Council, Regional Chamber of Commerce and Ukrainian CCI gathered more than 600 representatives of large companies, small and medium enterprises to large-scale conference "Prospects for business in Ukraine in framework of signed an agreement with the EU " with leading national experts. The event was organized for the implementation of the recently signed quadripartite Memorandum of Understanding between business associations (Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Dnipropetrovs’k CCI) and regional authorities (Regional State Administration and Regional Council).
Conference was moderated by the president of the Dnipropetrovs’k Chamber of Commerce & Industry Vitaliy Zhmurenko. He said that Dnipropetrovs’k region has the potential for the revitalization of businesses, creating new jobs, attracting investment, the return of lost economic position and rapid build-up of the economy, leading to increased social benefits. These processes go faster if more people will turn to them.
The participants were also welcomed by the Chairman of Dnipropetrovs’k Regional Council Eugene Udod, President of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Gennadiy Chyzhykov, Deputy Governor Stanislav Molokov and the mayor of Dnipropetrovs’k Ivan Kulichenko.
During the conference, which consisted of 5 blocks, were observed the following questions:
- Opportunities for Ukrainian exports to EU markets;
- Investing to the Ukrainian economy at this stage;
- Customs issues in the context of the implementation of EU legislation;
- Practical assistance to exporters from the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in framework of an agreement with the EU.
After the conference, participants had the possibilities to read the information resources on these topics, get answers to all questions in the consultation centers organized in the registration area.