• Ukraine’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade has listed 893 out of 3,444 state-owned enterprises as candidates for privatization through 2020.
• Kyiv’s Borispol International Airport and Lviv’s Danylo Halytskyi International Airport are two of the state-owned enterprises slated for privatization between 2017 and 2020, according to the list published by the Economic Development Ministry.
• Ukrainian seaports have handled over 66 million tons of cargo this year, a 5 percent increase from the same period in 2016, according to the Port Authority.
• State-owned Ukrzaliznytsa, Ukraine's railroad, has launched a mobile app for Apple’s IOS which allows travelers to buy tickets through smartphones. This launch follows the introduction of a similar app earlier this year for Android users.
• Philip Morris International cut cigarette shipments to Ukraine by 11% in Q2 of 2017 to 5.3 billion cigarettes. The company has a factory in the Kharkiv region. Cigarette sales are declining, partly because of health campaigns and partly because of a 60 percent tax hike imposed last year.
• Ukrainian coal output increased by 8.7% from May to June of this year. The average amount of coal produced for the first six months of 2017 was 9.4% less than during the same period in 2016, however.
• A shipment of coal from South Africa arrived in Odessa Sunday morning, the second ever shipment of its kind. A third such shipment is reportedly on its way. Coal is imported to compensate for end of coal purchases from the secessionist territories, imposed in March.
• Ukraine’s position in the ranking of the world’s largest steel producers has fallen from 13th to 14th after being beaten in volume of tons of steel produced by Mexico.
• About $40 million worth of business contracts were signed Friday at the Ukrainian-Belarussian business forum in Kyiv. This forum was attended by over 300 Ukrainian and 90 Belarusian companies.
• Belarusian businessman Viktor Prokopenya will buy the Belarusian owned bank Paritebank for $50 million. With this bank, he intends to purchase the Ukraine subsidiary of Russia’s Sberbank.
• President Petro Poroshenko and Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili called for boosting bilateral trade to $1 billion in speeches last week at the Georgia-Ukraine Business Forum. Over 120 Georgian and 34 Ukrainian companies participated in the forum in Batumi.
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