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UBJ AM Aug. 11, 2017
Ukraine in talks to sell 100 Oplot tanks to Pakistan; Ukraine boosts electricity exports 44.5 percent; Visa free for Qatar
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• Ukraine is negotiating the sale of 100 T-84 Oplot battle tanks to Pakistan, and plans to use the money to send more Oplots to support front line troops here. According Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, sales talks are handled by Ukroboronprom. In the 1990s, Ukraine supplied 320 T-84UD tanks to Pakistan’s military in a $600 million deal. Russia is a large arms supplier to Pakistan’s regional military rival, India.

• Next year, Motor Sich begins production of a seven passenger helicopter, “Hope.” With a range of 1,000 km, the helicopter can be used by civilians and by the border service. In May, the government announced that a Chinese company, was planning to invest $250 million in Motor Sich to develop new engines and aircraft, according to ipress.

.• During the first half of this year, Ukraine exported 44.5 percent more electricity than last year, according to the Energy and Coal Industry Ministry. During this period, Ukraine produced 78.346 billion kWh of electricity, up 2.5 percent over last year. Of total production, Ukraine exported 3.16 billion kWh, or for percent.

• Ukraine’s losses from the transport blockade of Donbass amounted to about 1.5% of GDP, Yury Grymchak, Deputy Minister for temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons, told Fifth Channel. TV. He said: "GDP growth in the first quarter of the year was some 2.3% whereas we planned up to four percent. So, we lost some 1.5% because of the blockade.”

• In a key economic indicator, Ukraine’s busiest port, Yuzhne, increased its cargo handling by 6.4% during the first seven months of this year, compared to the same period last year. The Odesa Region port handled 25.29 million tons, according to the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority.

• During the first seven months of this year, the volume of beer produced in Ukraine was down 4 percent compared to the same period last year, according to a report published by Ukrainian beverage company Ukrpyvo.

• Two weeks before Qatar Airways starts direct service between Doha and Kyiv Boryspil, the Qatar government is liberalizing its visa regime to allow Ukrainians to enter the Persian Gulf nation and reside there, visa free for 30 days. On Aug. 28, the new flight starts to Kyiv, one of 62 new destinations for the airline. It is trying to break out of regional embargo imposed two months ago.

After progress was made in Israel-Ukraine talks in late July, negotiators believe that a free trade pact can signed by the end of this year. A sticking point has been to take into consideration Israeli need to protect its agriculture. Last year, Israel imported Ukrainian farm products worth $292 million. That amount was reached during the first half of the year.

• A Swiss company, Designergy, is moving toward toward producing solar panels in Ukraine, according to Ukrinform. The Swiss technology integrates solar panels into house roofing, Daniel Lepori, CEO of Designergy, said after meeting Sergey Savchuk, head of the State Energy Efficiency Agency.

• Branham Group Inc. will lead a mission of Canadian tech executives to meet companies in Kyiv and Lviv from Sept. 28 to Oct. 7. Last May, the Ottawa-based company organized 85 business to business meetings for 18 Ukrainian tech companies at a conference in Toronto. This month, Canadian companies are applying to join the mission by emailing Wayne Gudbranson, CEO of Branham Group Inc.,

• The number of books and brochures printed in Ukraine over the year ending Aug. 1 was down by 4.3% from the previous period, to 8,757 printing units, according to the State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting. During this period, editions of books and pamphlets in Ukrainian fell by 2.7%, to 6,053 units, while Russian-language publications fell by 11.1% to 1,684 printing units.

• The World Bank plans to use the ProZorro public procurement system to procure goods, labor and services in Ukraine, according to Maxsym Nefyodov, first deputy economic development and trade minister.

• Police broke up a ‘bitcoin’ factory in southern Kyiv, at Raketna 24a.The forgers used 200 pieces of computer equipment, according to papers filed Thursday before Kyiv’s Svyatoshinsky District Court.

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