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Ukraine remains attractive for investors

Posted by the Editor on January 14, 2014


News / 14 January 2014 | 16:57

Ukraine remains attractive for investors

Ukraine remains attractive for investors

According to Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Ukraine has established a favorable legal environment, which defines the guarantees for foreign investment activity. Modern Ukrainian legislation creates transparent organizational and economic mechanisms for achieving public and private partnership.
Thus, on Jan. 1, 2013, Law of Ukraine “On stimulation of investment activity in priority sectors of economy in order to create new jobs” (No 5205 dated Sept. 6, 2012) came into force, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
Experts say the law establishes the basis of state policy in investment sphere for 2013-2032 in order to stimulate the attraction of investments in priority sectors of economy. The normative act is aimed to create conditions for improved investment activity through provision of certain tax and customs preferences in priority areas of economy (for example, energy-saving technology). The long-term effect of the Law will include new jobs and regional development.
The government is planning to continue the implementation of measures aimed to improve the investment image of Ukraine and increase the scope of attracting the foreign and capital investments in the economy, note the experts. The Cabinet took a decisive course for optimization and continuous improvement of legal and institutional framework to enhance the performance of mechanisms ensuring a positive investment climate and improve the competitiveness of domestic economy.

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Rybak closes Rada’s sitting

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News / 14 January 2014 | 16:54

Rybak closes Rada's sitting

Rybak closes Rada’s sitting

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Rybak closed session of Parliament, ForUm correspondent reports.
Rybak came to his place in presidium and announced that talks among the leaders of the parliamentary factions continue.
“We consider the questions, solutions are sought, so we’ll continue to work in plenary mode tomorrow at 10 am,” he said.

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Ukrainian LGBT organization stands against speculations over "European values"

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News / 14 January 2014 | 16:40

Ukrainian LGBT organization stands against speculations over "European values"

Ukrainian LGBT organization stands against speculations over "European values"

Representatives of Ukrainian LGBT community were taking part in mass street protests in the Independence Square independently, co-chairman of the “Ukrainian LGBT community council” Olena Shevchenko told a press conference, ForUm’s correspondent reports.

“I want to point out that LGBT community has been participating in all events of the EuroMaidan, but we have decided to come without any attributes, political or others. We stand for human rights, equality, freedom of LGBT communities. At the same time we stand against speculations over so-called “European values”. European values for us include universal human values, which are freedom, equality, ban of any kind of discrimination,” Shevchenko informed.

Moreover, Shevchenko also slammed speculations and provocations, related to presence of representatives of Ukrainian LGBT community in Maidan.

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Infant mortality rate reducing in Ukraine

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News / 14 January 2014 | 16:33

Infant mortality rate reducing in Ukraine

Infant mortality rate reducing in Ukraine

Since the beginning of start of medical reform in Ukraine, infant mortality rate has decreased by 13.2%, head of the protection of motherhood and childhood department of the Health Ministry of Ukraine Olena Tereshchenko told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports.
“At the end of 2013, infant mortality was 7.9 per 1 thousand live births compared to 8.6 in 2012 and 9.1 in 2011. That is, the death rate decreased by 13.2%,” she said.
Tereshchenko stressed that at the beginning of the implementation of health reform in Ukraine the figure of maternal deaths was 14.7 per 100 thousand live births. “Now, the figure is 11.6 per 100 thousand live births against 13.1 for 2012 and 14.7 for 2011. That is, we can talk about reducing maternal loss by 21 %,” she said.
Furthermore, Tereshchenko noted that for 9 months in 2013, the number of surviving infants born weighing 500 to 1000 grams increased, compared to 2008. 
However, the physician added that the level of public funding for maternal and child health tripled and reached almost 1 billion UAH. “In terms of expenditure of the state budget on the health system, Ukraine gets closer to the EU and is the leader in the CIS,” she concluded.

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Online train ticket purchases have double

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News / 14 January 2014 | 16:24

Online train ticket purchases have double

Online train ticket purchases have double

During 2013 almost 5.2 million passengers, i.e. 8.5% of the total passenger traffic, booked tickets online, whereas 2.1 million persons used this service in 2012. In fact,  336,500 tickets have been booked online for just 12 days in January 2013, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
Ukrainians are increasingly using the Internet to purchase various goods and services. Railroad transportation is no exception. The number of passengers booking train tickets online is rapidly growing.
More than 8.2 million tickets have been bought online since the inception of online ticket booking, from 2008 to January 12, 2014. The service popularity growth trend has been observed from year to year, 83,500 tickets were booked online in 2009,   132,500 tickets in 2010, 693,900 tickets in 2011,  2.1 million tickets in 2012, and 5.2 million tickets in 2013.
Experts say the new system will save about 20 million UAH for UZ.
Also, the electronic ticketing has been growing. Since the introduction of online services, 395,500 electronic tickets have been sold through official site “Ukrainian Railroads” (booking.uz.gov.ua). With self-printed e-tickets, passengers can proceed directly to boarding the train. Today, you can buy electronic tickets for 158 trains in different directions.

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Rada blocked again

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News / 14 January 2014 | 16:16

Rada blocked again

Rada blocked again

The opposition has blocked work of the Verkhovna Rada again, ForUm correspondent reports.
In particular, after the break, MPs from the opposition faction occupied the rostrum and presidium of the Parliament.

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Ukraine calls states with nuclear weapons to disarmament

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News / 14 January 2014 | 16:05

Ukraine calls states with nuclear weapons to disarmament

Ukraine calls states with nuclear weapons to disarmament

Ukraine urges the nuclear-weapon states to continue an active process of disarmament. This is stated in the statement of the Foreign Ministry on the 20th anniversary of Ukraine’s rejection of nuclear weapons, the press service of the Foreign Ministry informs.
“Twenty years ago, January 14, 1994 in Moscow, the presidents of Ukraine, the U.S. and Russia signed the trilateral statement, fixing the agreement on the practical implementation of Ukraine’s decision to abandon nuclear weapons. U.S. and Russia undertook on their own behalf and on behalf of the UK to provide security assurances to Ukraine in relation to the entry into force of the Treaty on the Reduction of Strategic Offensive Arms and the accession of Ukraine to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons,” press service says.
 The Foreign Ministry noted that Ukraine has important humanitarian goal – the final destruction of all nuclear weapons worldwide. “We urge states, possessing these weapons of mass destruction, to continue an active process of nuclear disarmament, following the historic and unprecedented example of Ukraine,” the Ministry summed up.

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Suspect in Chornovil’s beating left in custody

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News / 14 January 2014 | 15:31

 Suspect in Chornovil's beating left in custody

Suspect in Chornovil’s beating left in custody

Kyiv Court of Appeals upheld the detention of Serhiy Kotenko, suspected of beating of journalist Tetiana Chornovil.
The corresponding ruling was announced by the panel of judges of the Court of Appeals, thus leaving the decision of Pechersk district court of Kyiv unchanged.
During a hearing, Kotenko’s lawyer asked to change the measure of restraint for his client from detention to house arrest. Defender also drew the court’s attention to the lack of materials proving the guilt of a suspect.

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