NEW Ukraine 2016 international investment conference

Empire State Capital Partners organized the 4th NEW Ukraine international investment conference which took place on May 16-17, 2016 in Kyiv. 

The aim of the conference was to introduce Ukraine to international business community and foreign investors, to discuss the progress in the implementation of reforms in Ukraine and new initiatives to improve the investment climate. During the event business and government leaders discussed how the cooperation between them can encourage economic growth of our country. 

Government officials, local business leaders and globally-renowned speakers took part in this event to share their expertise with an audience of more than 300 people, including potential investors from Europe, USA and Middle East. The panel discussions in the following sectors were covered: macro & finance, agro & food, defense tech & aerospace, real estate & infrastructure, medicine/biotech/pharma and IT/cyber/fintech/HLS.

Geoffrey R. Pyatt, United States Ambassador to Ukraine: “I am feeling more optimistic about Ukraine, about the prospects for Ukrainian reform, than I have felt in about 12 months right now.  I think we are in a very hopeful moment... This should be a very wealthy country.  Ukraine has enormous, enormous untapped potential.  It has some of the best agricultural land in the world.  It has very strong human capital.  It has strong traditions in areas like metallurgy and avionics.  It has an emergent high-tech technology industry which Dmytro (Dmytro Shymkiv, deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, — editor's note) knows well.  And critically important, it has both the technical capacity — the science, engineering, technology and training base — but also the democratic culture that allows for the flourishing of a knowledge-based industry...  Number one priority right now, of course, is the implementation of the IMF program.  There are important steps that now need to be approved by the Rada.”

Jean-Jacques Soulacroup, Senior Corporate Banker of the European Investment Bank, said that EIB intends to invest about EUR800 mln in projects in Ukraine mln in 2016. According to him, EIB works with the European Commission to see whether it is possible to expand the portfolio and reach a figure of EUR1 billion per year and maintain this volume.

The event was held with support of Kyiv City State Administration and Association of corporate security professionals of Ukraine. The conference was sponsored by UkrLandFarming, Active Energy Group, Sayenko Kharenko, Ario Law firm, Factor Plus and the event partner was Staritsky Levitsky.