2nd Ukraine Reform Conference a success. Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has written that last week’s international gathering devoted to Ukraine’s reforms, which drew representatives from more than 40 countries, lived up to expectations. “Its goal was to familiarize international partners with Ukraine's achievements in implementing systemic reforms and to identify further areas for cooperation and practical assistance to Ukraine along this path.” Special attention was paid to issues of national and energy security and economic recovery. All including: EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan acknowledged the achievements of Ukraine on the road of development and urged it to stick to the reform agenda. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that Canada will host the next, third, international Ukraine Reform Conference in 2019.
Ukraine and Denmark increase cooperation in renewable energy. Denmark to increase its share of the renewable energy market in Ukraine. In 2017, the Danish company Vestas became the leading manufacturer of wind turbines providing wind farm projects with the wind generators with a total capacity of 300 MW. Recent orders include wind turbines for the wind farms with a capacity of 41 MW," Chairman of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, Sergiy Savchuk, emphasized this partnership during the Ukraine Reform Conference in Copenhagen, the Government portal reports. The cooperation is based on the bilateral Memorandum of Understanding signed during the visit of President Petro Poroshenko to Denmark in 2017. Ukrinform reports.
Winner signals confidence in the auto market. Winner Group, one of Ukraine’s largest car importers, is to open five dealerships in Ukraine over the next two years. It made the announcement at the opening of the company’s new Jaguar Land Rover dealership, located near Kyiv’s Borispol International Airport. Andrew Jago, Jaguar Land Rover’s sales director for the European Region, sees an upward trend in the Ukrainian automobile industry, with 600,000 vehicles expected to be imported into the country this year. Of those 100,000 are expected to be new cars. Furthermore, To promote electric cars, Ukraine recently decided not to charge the 20 percent value added tax and to waive the 109-euro duty on all imported electric cars.
Consumer confidence index continues to rise. The consumer confidence index of Ukrainians after a two-month positive trend in May this year improved by another 1.5 points, to 62.9 compared with the April indicator, while in annual terms it grew by 4.9 points, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
Kyivstar to launch Smart Money. Kyivstar to launch Smart Money financial service App within a month." Our new service will be able to manage financial services via SMS messages not only from smartphones, but also from button phones," the Head of Kyivstar’s mobile financial services department Taras Horkun told journalists. "Our electronic money will use the Prostir system of the National Bank. We consider ourselves to be part of a national program for establishing a Cashless Economy in Ukraine," he said. The system will have about 3,000 different services using a Kyivstar electronic wallet or using a bank card, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
Vodafone launches 4G service in 10 regions. Vodafone Ukraine mobile communications operator is to launch 4G (LTE) high-speed mobile Internet in the 1800 MHz band in 10 regions, the company’s spokeswoman Victoria Ruban has told Interfax-Ukraine. She said that the service will be available to residents of around 50 cities and towns in the following regions: Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Poltava, Sumy, Kirovohrad and Kherson, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
Uber to launch UberEats. Uber to launch their UberEATS food delivery service in Ukraine by the end of the year. This service is growing very rapidly in Europe. The delivery time is significantly less than those with conventional delivery services,” the company said. It is also launching a new security system to ensure that drivers rest after 12 hours at the wheel, as well as a bike rental service. “We want to integrate in the city’s transportation ecosystem across all means of transport”, Interfax Ukraine reports
Groysman promotes new tech start-up. The prime minister has announced a new ‘cool’ Ukrainian start up on his Facebook page. "The Ukrainian TechNovator Team has developed a wireless charger, whereby smartphones can be charged automatically. You only need download an application that allows you to manage and control the charger.