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Boris Tarasiuk, the minister of Forign Affairs of Ukraine, visits Georgia

Posted by the Editor on June 30, 2005


News / 30 June 2005 | 11:15

Boris Tarasiuk, the minister of Forign Affairs of Ukraine, visits Georgia

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Boris Tarasiuk is starting a two-day official visit to Georgia on June 30 to discuss with the Georgian leadership bilateral and regional cooperation including "the process of institutionalization" of the GUAM – a grouping of Georgia Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova, Baku Today reported.

Boris Tarasiuk will hold talks with the Georgian President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and other officials. The Georgian and Ukrainian Foreign Ministers are planned to sign a Memorandum on Georgian-Ukrainian Cooperation in Euro Atlantic Integration Issues.

This visit by the Ukrainian Foreign Minister comes ahead of Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko’s visit to Georgia scheduled for July 15.

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A letter with a white powder had been found in “Boryspil” airport

Posted by the Editor on June 30, 2005


News / 30 June 2005 | 10:52

A letter with a white powder had been found in “Boryspil” airport

Yesterday employees of the international airport "Boryspil" found a letter with unknown free-flowing matter on the floor of the arrival hall. The letter contained 100 g of a substance and there were no addresses of a sender and a recipient.

The letter had been isolated and delivered to the Department of dangerous infection of Sanitary Epidemiological Service Central laboratory.

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Ukrainians still have got possibility to buy cheap cars

Posted by the Editor on June 30, 2005


News / 30 June 2005 | 10:13

Ukrainians still have got possibility to buy cheap cars

The president of Ukraine, Viktor Yushchenko, has not yet vise the act of June 23 "On introducing changes into the Customs-tariff." The tariff increases the import duty by 25% on cars.

The parliamentary Committee on Industry Policy and Entrepreneurship in turns recommended Verkhovna Rada to take as a basis the draft on increasing of import duty by 30% on cars and by 20% on baskets, Liga reported.

We remind that Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed the act "On introducing changes into the Customs-tariff of Ukraine." 328 deputies of Verkhovna Rada voted for the act.  

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Brousing Kuchma’s web-page

Posted by the Editor on June 30, 2005


News / 30 June 2005 | 10:01

Brousing Kuchma’s web-page

The former Ukrainian president, Leonid Kuchma, became an owner of the personal web-page. It was created for Kuchma’s foundation "The Presidential Fund of Leonid Kuchma ‘Ukraina.’"

The web-page contains information "About Fund," “Fund News," "Announcements," "Comments," "Photo gallery," "Fund’s Projects," Obkom reported. The web-page gives full information about Fund’s activity.

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Ukrainian lands for sale

Posted by the Editor on June 30, 2005


News / 30 June 2005 | 09:30

Ukrainian lands for sale

The head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine,Valentina Semenyuk, stated that the land would be sold by auction. Such conclusion was made after the session of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NSDCU).

According to her words, NSDCU proved the corresponding draft and sent it to Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The draft stipulates "open auctions, advertisings in the mass media and the competion rules" for the sale, Novosti-Ukraine reported.

She also reported that the land sale would be conducted by the liberated procedure and the reduced terms. The government and NSDCU reckon that it will benefit the investment climate in Ukraine.

Semenyuk stated that the enterprises would be sold along with the territory of their situation. According to her words, it will increase the budget incomes. She absolutely proved the draft.

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IFC provides $45 million in loans to Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on June 29, 2005


News / 29 June 2005 | 17:40

IFC provides $45 million in loans to Ukraine

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group, is providing $45 million in loans to two electricity distribution companies in Ukraine, AES KyivOblenergo (KOE) and AES Rivneenergo (RE). The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES), based in Arlington, Virginia, USA, is a majority shareholder in both companies, Business Wire reported.

KOE and RE together serve 1.2 million customers from a population base of approximately 3 million people. KOE supplies electricity to the areas surrounding Kyiv (excluding the city of Kyiv) and RE supplies electricity to the northwest region of Ukraine. IFC’s financing will help the companies reduce electricity losses, refurbish their distribution network equipment, increase the network capacity in high growth areas, and improve their overall management efficiency through investing in modern communication systems and information technology.

"IFC is committed to meeting Ukraine’s infrastructure investment needs, especially with private companies like AES Corporation that are dedicated to high standards of service," said Francisco Tourreilles, director of IFC’s Infrastructure Department. "IFC’s investment will support the improvement of electricity services in Ukraine and provide an important signal for further private investment in Ukraine’s energy sector."

"IFC is pleased to have committed its first investment in Ukraine’s power sector," said Edward Nassim, IFC’s director for Central and Eastern Europe. "IFC’s investment will provide the necessary long term financing that is currently unavailable in Ukraine."

"AES is pleased to work with the IFC to support the growth and modernization of Ukraine’s electric power system and to contribute to the economic development of the country," said Garry Levesley, AES Vice President, Ukraine. "Since privatization in 2001, AES has made significant improvements to the operation, reliability and network capacity of KOE and RE. The companies are already among the best performing electric utilities in Ukraine. Through this new, targeted investment, we will extend our commitment to operational excellence and bring additional benefits to our customers and other stakeholders."

The loans are denominated in US dollars and have the longest debt tenor for a privately owned infrastructure project in Ukraine. In addition to the loans, the IFC will provide a $5 million Partial Credit Guarantee (PCG), which will enable the two companies to mobilize an additional $30 million Hryvnia-equivalent long term debt. This will be the first PCG debt structuring in Hryvnia.

Ukraine became a shareholder of IFC in 1993. To date, IFC has invested $233 million across 16 projects in the country. IFC has significantly expanded its investment program in Ukraine in fiscal year 2004, committing $87 million in the agribusiness, financial, and general manufacturing sectors. IFC has also been conducting an extensive advisory program in Ukraine since 1992. Current donor-funded programs offer advice on corporate governance to companies and banks, seek to improve the business environment, and promote leasing, development of the agribusiness sector, and the growth of small and medium enterprises.

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Sivkovich: the expertise on Yushchenko’s poisoning did not begin

Posted by the Editor on June 29, 2005


News / 29 June 2005 | 17:20

Sivkovich: the expertise on Yushchenko’s poisoning did not begin

The chief of temporary investigation parlamentary comission on Yushchenko’s poisoning, the deputy, Vladimir Sivkovich, stated that the date of the expertise did not point at all.

"The prosecutor general is manipulating now with the facts concerning the poisoning," stated Sivkovich today coming out in the public in Interfax-Ukraine agency. "Piskun (…) has lied about the named expertise," mentioned the deputy.

He was puzlled by the objects being subjected to the expertise – "blood test, poison test or theoretical conclusions."

Besides, the deputy informed that he filed a request about Korpan’s removal from the expertise. According to this request, doctor in charge, Nikolay Korpan, is the person concerned and the participant of the case, that is why he must not take part in the expertise.

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Clergy is against modern technologies

Posted by the Editor on June 29, 2005


News / 29 June 2005 | 16:45

Clergy is against modern technologies

Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is conducting the hearings "Liberty of conscience and identification of personality." At the same time representatives of religious communities are holding a protest action. They are against modern technologies, ForUm’s correspondent reported.

The participants of the action are holding placards: "God, not code, is with us", "Orthodox believers are against passport-cards", "We do not want to live in electronic concentration camps."

The parliament hearings are translated on the street screens, and all comers can watch everything what is happening in the VR hall.

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