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2018-01-29 08:25:00

EBRD BOUGHT UKRAINE: $12 BLN

EBRD BOUGHT UKRAINE: $12 BLN

EBRD - The President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Sir Suma Chakrabarti said on Thursday that modernising and reforming Ukraine's institutions and ways of governing had required political courage over the last four years.

In a panel discussion with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Sir Suma said there should be no let up now in continuing with the drive for better governance even with elections approaching in 2019.

"The assault on vested interests must continue," he said. "You have shown you have the courage to do this," he told the Ukrainian leader.

Speaking as the head of the largest single investor in Ukraine, the EBRD President said: "We will support you in this endeavour."

The EBRD has invested a total of €12 billion in Ukraine since the start of operations there 25 years ago. Some €3.5 billion of this amount has flowed to the country in the last four years, Sir Suma noted.

The EBRD President said the EBRD had backed its investments with support for reforms. With the support of the European Union, the EBRD had introduced reform support teams into key ministries.

The Bank was also helping to transform the energy group Naftogaz into a company that Ukraine can finally take pride in.

Sir Suma told the audience at the event at Ukraine House in Davos, that the EBRD's work aimed to strengthen Ukraine across a number of key areas, making the economy more resilient, competitive, greener, more inclusive, more integrated and better governed.

The EBRD President highlighted progress in these areas. A financial sector clean-up, and consolidation and recapitalisation had made Ukraine's banks more resilient, while the energy sector had benefited from the diversification of gas imports and reforms.

There had been progress on competitiveness, but more could be achieved if state-owned enterprises had less of a grip on the economy.

He noted Ukraine continued to be one of the world's most energy-intensive countries, three times more so than the EU average, and he said the country should focus on energy efficiency, diversifying energy sources and improving municipal services and infrastructure.

The EBRD praised the Ukrainian Health Ministry's recent steps to remove discriminatory conditions for women's employment. But he said Ukraine needed to do more to encourage a generation of women to attain technical qualifications relevant to high-value sectors.

The EBRD President referred specifically to the need for further improvements in governance. Progress had been made but corruption was still a barrier to foreign direct investment, he said.

The establishment of anti-corruption institutions could make an important contribution to increasing transparency in the economy.

The EBRD had been happy to contribute to this with its support for the creation of a Business Ombudsman, an office which provides a forum for companies to challenge unfair treatment.

It would be particularly important to create an anti-corruption court that met the very international standards that Ukrainians were so keen to attain, the EBRD President said.

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Earlier:

 RUSSIAN GAS RETURNING
2018, January, 12, 12:50:00

RUSSIAN GAS RETURNING

BLOOMBERG - Ukraine imported 14 billion cubic meters of gas from the EU last year, comparable to Belgium’s annual consumption. From this year, state-owned NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy should import 5 billion cubic meters annually under its contract with Russia’s Gazprom PJSC through 2019, and has to pay for at least 80 percent of that, according to the court.

 

 IMF: UKRAINIAN CORRUPTION
2017, December, 11, 09:35:00

IMF: UKRAINIAN CORRUPTION

IMF - “I had a constructive and open discussion with President Poroshenko on Ukraine’s efforts to fight corruption, which is expected by the Ukrainian society and is critical to improve transparency and accountability and create the conditions for sustainable growth."

 

 UKRAINE'S GAS INVESTMENT UP TO 46%
2017, December, 4, 23:05:00

UKRAINE'S GAS INVESTMENT UP TO 46%

УКРТРАНСГАЗ - According to Ukrtransgaz’ performance results in the first nine months of 2017, capital investments in Ukraine’s gas transmission facilities increased by 46% or UAH 486 million compared to the same period of 2016, Ukrtransgaz public and media relations department reports.

 

 WBG HAS UKRAINE
2017, October, 4, 23:35:00

WBG HAS UKRAINE

According to the World Bank’s Special Focus Note on reforming land markets, the moratorium on agricultural land sales, along with weaknesses in the transparency of land rights and transactions, are major impediments to attracting investment and unlocking productivity in Ukraine’s agriculture sector.

 

 RUSSIAN GAS FOR EUROPE: UP TO 23%
2017, September, 4, 12:30:00

RUSSIAN GAS FOR EUROPE: UP TO 23%

Russian natural gas volumes piped via Ukraine to European consumers are up by 23.4 percent so far this year at 61.9 billion cubic metres (bcm), Ukrainian gas transport monopoly Ukrtransgaz said.

 

 RUSSIAN - UKRAINIAN OIL TRANSIT: UP 42%
2017, April, 10, 18:40:00

RUSSIAN - UKRAINIAN OIL TRANSIT: UP 42%

Ukraine's transit of Russian oil for exports to Europe in March rose 42% year on year to 1.25 million mt, state oil shipper UkrTransNafta said

 

 

 UKRAINE'S SERIOUS SHORTCOMINGS
2017, April, 7, 18:30:00

UKRAINE'S SERIOUS SHORTCOMINGS

Ukraine has been urged to finalise gas sector reforms by Janez Kopac, director of Energy Community that regroups EU and non-EU states in Europe.

Tags: EBRD, UKRAINE, CORRUPTION

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2018, February, 16, 23:15:00

DEWA INVESTS $22 BLN

AOG - The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) is to invest around $22bn on new energy projects across the next five years, with the renewables sector accounting for an increasing share of electricity generation, according to CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.

EBRD BOUGHT UKRAINE: $12 BLN
2018, February, 16, 23:10:00

TRANSCANADA NET INCOME $3.0 BLN

TRANSCANADA - TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada or the Company) announced net income attributable to common shares for fourth quarter 2017 of $861 million or $0.98 per share compared to a net loss of $358 million or $0.43 per share for the same period in 2016. For the year ended December 31, 2017, net income attributable to common shares was $3.0 billion or $3.44 per share compared to net income of $124 million or $0.16 per share in 2016.

EBRD BOUGHT UKRAINE: $12 BLN
2018, February, 16, 23:05:00

RUSSIAN NUCLEAR FOR CONGO

ROSATOM - February 13, 2018, Moscow. – ROSATOM and the Ministry of Scientific Research and Technological Innovations of the Republic of Congo today signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy.

EBRD BOUGHT UKRAINE: $12 BLN
2018, February, 16, 23:00:00

U.S. INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION DOWN 0.1%

FRB - Industrial production edged down 0.1 percent in January following four consecutive monthly increases. Manufacturing production was unchanged in January. Mining output fell 1.0 percent, with all of its major component industries recording declines, while the index for utilities moved up 0.6 percent. At 107.2 percent of its 2012 average, total industrial production was 3.7 percent higher in January than it was a year earlier. Capacity utilization for the industrial sector fell 0.2 percentage point in January to 77.5 percent, a rate that is 2.3 percentage points below its long-run (1972–2017) average.

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