Events

Participation in the live conversation “Economic impact of the Corona pandemic for Ukraine“

On April 1, David Saha, consultant in the German Economic Team (GET), gave a presentation at online event on the topic “Economic impact of the Corona pandemic for Ukraine”. The event was organized by the think tank “Zentrum Liberale Moderne” and moderated by Mattia Nelles, initiator of “Understanding Ukraine”. The other speakers were Tymofiy Mylovanov, former Ukrainian Minister for Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture and Valerij Pekar, entrepreneur and co-founder of the civil platform “The New Country.”

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Proposals from German business in Ukraine – update of study presented in Kyiv

At a round table in Kiev on 12 December Robert Kirchner, Deputy Team Leader of the German Advisory Group Ukraine, and David Saha, Consultant, presented the updated study on “Unlocking investment through reforms: Proposals from German business in Ukraine”. The event was part of a round table organized in cooperation with the German-Ukrainian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK). Yulia Svyrydenko, Vice Minister in the Ukrainian Ministry of Economics, who among others participated in the event, was very interested in the results of the study.

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Kyiv: Study presented on labour migration from Ukraine since 2014

On November 13, 2019, a round table on “Labor Migration from Ukraine” took place in Kyiv at the Kyiv School of Economics, jointly organized by Yuliia Mincheva, VoxConnector Editor of Vox Ukraine and the German Advisory Group. In an informal setting, around 20 representatives from think tanks, government agencies and the media met to discuss the issue of labour miration.

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Press release: Ukraine returns to growth path

Ukraine returns to growth after the severe economic crisis of 2014/15. To sustainably increase economic growth, reforms and investments are urgently needed. This is the conclusion of a study by the German Advisory Group Ukraine in cooperation with the German-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (“AHK Ukraine”) released in September 2018.

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Industry 4.0

On August 29, the German Advisory Group and the Reforms Delivery Office, an advisory body to the Cabinet of Ministers, hosted a joint seminar on the topic: ” Industry 4.0 – Overview and Policy Implications”.

Dr. Philip Steden introduced the specialized audience to the basic features and components of Industry 4.0 – the so called forth industrial revolution – and illustrated possible fields of application and advantages of Industry 4.0 technologies with examples from Germany.

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Reporting on the German Advisory Group’s work

The German Advisory Group Ukraine hosts a biannual event to report about current economic policy topics in our advisory work.

The event took place on July 4th in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Using this format we aim to provide an opportunity for representatives of German institutions to get background information about current economic developments.

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Workshop on central bank communication

Workshop held by Centre for Economic Strategy and German Advisory Group on Central Bank Communication

On April 18 the Centre for Economic Strategy and experts from the German Advisory Group conducted a workshop on central bank communication as a tool for shaping market participants‘ expectations. The event was opened by Ms. Yildiz Götze, head of the department at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, who acknowledged the significant progress of the recent years‘ reforms in the Ukrainian financial sector.

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Conference on Financing opportunities in Ukraine

On March 20, 2018 the conference “Financing opportunities in Ukraine – Quo Vadis?” took place in Berlin. The event was organised by the German-Ukrainian Forum in cooperation with the German Advisory Group Ukraine, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, the German-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and the Embassy of Ukraine in Germany.

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Press conference of the German Advisory Group Ukraine on corporate tax reform in Kiev

The German Advisory Group Ukraine, in cooperation with the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting and Otten Consulting gave a press conference at Interfax, Kiev on Thursday, February 1st 2018. Topic of the press conference was the planned reform of corporate taxation in Ukraine.Findings from joint analysis about the economic and fiscal effects of the proposed new corporate tax – the “Tax on Withdrawn Capital” – in comparison with the present corporate tax were presented, as well as recommendations on policy measures to accompany the tax reform if it goes ahead. Speakers from the German Advisory Group Ukraine were Robert Kirchner, Project Manager, David Saha, lead author of the key papers on corporate tax reform and Thomas Otten, also owner of our cooperation partner Otten Consulting. We were joined by Oleksandra Betliy, Leading Research Fellow at the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting. The audience consisted of a group of around 15 journalists.

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Roundtable discussion with the Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine Valerija Gontareva

The Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, Valerija Gontareva, participated in a roundtable discussion on March 29th with representatives of german business and politics in the headquarters of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).Ms Gontareva, who was invited to Berlin by the Director of the German Advisory Group Ukraine, Mr. Robert Kirchner and by the CEO of Berlin Economics, Dr Ricardo Giucci, shared her views on the reform of the banking sector in Ukraine with German stakeholders.

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German Advisory Group Ukraine meets the Ukrainian Minister for Energy and Coal Mining

On January 30th 2017 the Ukrainian Minister for Energy and Coal Mining Nasalyk met the German Advisory Group (represented by our energy expert Georg Zachmann) and representatives of the Ukrainian NGO DiXi-Group to discuss the development of gas trading in Ukraine. Georg Zachmann presented a report prepared upon the request of the Ministry. The report outlines four challenges to develop a functioning gas wholesale market:

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10th Information meeting about high-level government consultation

On 23 January 2017 the six-monthly information meeting about high-level government consultation in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and Georgia was held at the Federal Ministry for Economy and Energy (BMWi). Representatives of the BMWi, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the German Parliament, the Reconstruction Credit Institute and members of foundations, associations and other expert organizations attended the event.

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Panel discussion “Sustainable growth – success factors and strategic options for the agricultural sector in Ukraine”

On 20 January 2017 Robert Kirchner, Vice Project Leader of the German Advisory Group Ukraine, took part in the panel discussion “Sustainable growth – success factors and strategic options for the agricultural sector in Ukraine”, which was held in the framework of the 9th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) at the “Green Week” in Berlin. The GFFA is organized by the Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in cooperation with the GFFA Berlin e.V., the Senate of Berlin and the Messe Berlin GmbH.

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Discussion with the German-Ukrainian Parliamentary Group

On 15 December 2016 Ricardo Giucci, Leader of the German Advisory Group Ukraine, held a presentation about the economic situation in Ukraine to representatives of the German Bundestag. Among them were Karl-Georg Wellmann, Chairman of the German-Ukrainian Parliamentary Group, Norbert Spinrath and Susanna Karawanskij, both Vice Chairmen of the Parliamentary Group.

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Meeting of German business representatives in Kiev

On the occasion of the monthly meeting of German business representatives in Kiev on 6 December 2016, the German Advisory Group Ukraine presented results of its latest analyses concerning Ukraine. First, Ricardo Giucci, Leader of the German Advisory Group Ukraine, held a presentation on the topic “The current situation of the Ukrainian economy at the end of 2016 and an outlook on 2017”. Referring to important macroeconomic indicators he pointed out that the situation is stabilising: GDP increased slightly this year and also investment went up significantly in the first half of 2016. The inflation rate went down to a single-digit number. Increasing imports are an indicator of the economic recovery and exports decrease mainly due to low commodity prices and the limited access to the Russian market.

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2nd German-Ukrainian Forum of Trade

On October 11 the newly opened German-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce organized the 2nd German-Ukrainian Forum of Trade “Potential – Reforms – Cooperation”. Robert Kirchner presented his assessment of the industrial development of the country in one of the panels. During other panels current possibilities of cooperation with Ukraine in the fields of infrastructure, innovations, energy efficiency and agriculture were discussed.

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Economic Stabilization and Combatting Corruption in Ukraine

On 08.09. the conference „Economic Stabilization and Combatting Corruption in Ukraine“, which had been organized by Kiev Dialogue in cooperation with the European Commission in Germany and the German Advisory Group Ukraine, took place in Berlin.

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Refugees in Ukraine, Refugees in Europe – Common Perspectives in the Refugee Crisis

On 18.08.2016 Robert Kirchner participated in the discussion about the topic “Refugees in Ukraine, Refugees in Europe – Common Perspectives in the Refugee Crisis”, which had been organized by the European Academy in Berlin. The event was dedicated to the following questions: Which challenges do the events in Ukraine pose to the European Union? And how can we cooperate to overcome these?

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Investment and investment protection in Russia and Ukraine

Speech at the 5th politico-economic talks of the Ostinstitut Wismar

The 5th politico-economic talks of the Ostinstitut Wismar on the topic “Investment and investment protection in Russia and Ukraine” took place on July 3rd at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). Dr. Ricardo Giucci, head of the German Advisory Group Ukraine presented an overview of the economic state of Ukraine and the development of Russo-Ukrainian economic relations.

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Information session on government consultancy at BMWi

The information session on governement consultancy in Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova takes place twice a year in the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The specialist public consists of experts from various state institutions, non-governmental organisations, think tanks and business associations.  

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Presentation at the 3rd east forum Berlin

“Economic reforms aimed at external stabilization. A progress assessment”

For the third year in succession, east forum Berlin was devoted to the opportunities and challenges for a common economic space from Lisbon to Vladivostok. 350 opinion leaders from the political and business worlds of 25 countries discussed a future design of political and economic European integration.

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Kyiv Dialogue

“The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement: Opportunities and Challenges”

The tenth annual conference of “Kiev Dialogue” was on the topic of “Ukraine in times of existential crisis: Ways to political and economic renewal”. Ca. 200 civil society activists, politicians, journalists and scientists were invited to the two day conference. Their aim was to discuss the current situation in Ukraine and think through possible scenarios for its future.

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Information session on government consultancy in Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and Georgia

The biannual information session in the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) on government consultancy in the countries Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and Georgia was again very well attended.

The Berlin Economics’ experts first gave presentations on the economic situation in Ukraine, the situation in the east of the country as well as to the specific sectors of machine building and gas.

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Presentation at the German Embassy

On June 17, Dr. Ricardo Giucci presented the German Advisory Group’s assessment of Ukraine’s regional and sectoral exposure to the Russian market in the German Embassy in Kyiv.

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Presentation at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry: “Free Trade into both directions is possible!”

April 16th, Ricardo Giucci of the German Advisory Group Ukraine presented facts on the topic: “Ukraine between East and West: Perspectives for free trade with both sides”Politicians and mass media from all sides successfully created a wrong image in the public perception during the last month, namely that Ukraine had to face an “either-or” decision between the two trading blocs Customs Union and European Union.

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Presentation at the 2. east forum Berlin „Eastern Partnership countries between East and West: Perspectives and challenges”

About 300 business representatives and politicians from 20 countries participated in the 2. east forum Berlin, which took place under the topic “Opportunities for an economic area from Lisbon to Vladivostok” again.In his opening speech the Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier referred to a common economic area between Lisbon and Vladivostok as still the right objective, yet during the last weeks it receded into dim distance.Berlin Economics‘ Ricardo Giucci contributed to a sound discussion with his presentation of his analysis “Eastern Partnership countries between East and West: Perspectives and challenges”. There are not two, but three groups of countries between Lisbon and Vladivostok, said Giucci: The European Union, which forms the first trading bloc, the Customs Union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, which forms the second trading bloc. And in between there are further states that do not belong to one of the trading blocs. In particular this is about five states of the Eastern Partnership (EP): Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, for whom free trade with both trading blocs would be the economic best option.

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BMWi information session on government consultancy in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova

This year’s information session on government consultancy at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy was very well attended.
The Berlin Economics experts held short speeches on the macroeconomic situation in the countries and their characteristics and challenges.
The topics trade, DCFTA and Energy were intensely discussed due to the current situation in Ukraine. Furthermore, the Economic Reform Agenda for Ukraine suggested by the Experts was presented. After the Experts’ speeches the guests used their opportunity to ask questions or contribute with comments to the discussion.
Among the guests were Members of the Parliament (Bundestag), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Federal Foreign Office, the GIZ, business associations and NGOs.

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Meeting with Deputy Minister Anatoliy Maksiuta

Ukraine currently faces major economic challenges, as the economy itself is stagnant and needs reforms. When the German Advisory Group met with Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Trade Anatoliy Maksiuta, a necessary reform agenda for Ukraine was discussed.

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Meeting with Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Anatoliy Olefirov

The main focus at the meeting was made on discussing the economic reforms of the new Government of Ukraine in light of the financial and economic situation and the present challenges for the national security of Ukraine, in particular in the context of the relations with the Russian Federation.

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Berlin Economics institutional partner at this year’s Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdrój

Berlin Economics participated as an institutional partner at the 23rd Economic Forum held in Krynica-Zdrój, Poland, which took place between the 3rd and 5th of September.The Economic Forum, which has long established itself as the most important gathering for representatives from politics, business and non-governmental organisations in Central and Eastern Europe, had this year the motto “Towards a new deal”.

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Meeting with Ukrainian First Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Trade Anatoliy Maksiuta in Kyiv

On August 30, 2013, the leader of the German Advisory Group in Ukraine, Dr. Giucci, held a meeting with Ukrainian First Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Trade, Anatoliy Maksiuta, in Kyiv. The meeting focused on economic and trade issues, especially the current problems of Ukrainian exporters on the Russian market. Dr. Giucci made several proposals aimed at easing the tension in trade between the two countries.

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Presentations at the BMWi information session on the government consultancy in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova

On March 15, 2013, the Information Session on the government advisory in Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova took place.At the well-attended event representatives of the following institutions were taking active part: Federal Ministry of Economic and Technology ( BMWi), Federal Chancellery, Federal Foreign Office, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, German Bundestag, GIZ as well as other related foundations, associations and organizations. The experts of Berlin Economics held short presentations on the economic situation in the countries, SME sector in Belarus and the state of the Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) between the EU and Ukraine, and Moldova respectively. Their expertise as well as continuous analysis of the political and economic development processes in those three countries brought a deep insight to the governmental actions. During the discussion round a lot of questions on this matter have been raised and answered.

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Presentation at the MOEZ on the topic of “Belarus and Ukraine – worth a look. In spite of everything!”

On 19 March, 2013, Robert Kirchner held a presentation “Belarus and Ukraine – worth a look.In spite of everything!” The discussion rounds, involving about 30 participants, have followed after the presentation. The main topic was Ukrainian future: Which direction should Ukraine choose – EU or Russia? After the discussion, the Entrepreneurs’ talks have started, where such countries as Russia, Poland, Romania, Belarus and Ukraine were brought into play.

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Working group meeting on “Credit Bureaus” at “Forum for Leading International Financial Institutions”

[October 24, 2012] The working group of about 20 participants in particular, credit bureaus and many banks has given a good opportunity for Berlin Economics to discuss initial ideas and recommendations and receive feedback from the various stakeholder groups. At the same time Berlin Economics was informed about the latest developments. On the sidelines of the event, a number of interesting contacts were made.

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Roundtable event on the “Euro crisis and its implications for Ukraine”, European Business Association (EBA)

On August 30, 2012, the European Business Association held a roundtable discussion dedicated to the prospects of economic crisis in Europe and readiness of Ukraine to face its aftershocks. The event brought together more than 200 business people. Dr Ricardo Giucci, Leader of the German Advisory Group on Economic Reforms in Ukraine and Managing Director of Berlin Economics, made a general overview of Eurozone’s crisis roots, unfolding its essential components – public debt crisis, banking crisis and growth crisis. He particularly noticed that the links between these constituents are particularly important for Ukraine.

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Presentation at the panel discussion “The Ukrainian Tiger – the Ukraine in the Great Leap Forward”, German Economic Club

The background of the panel discussion was a recent long-term study of HSBC for the development of the economies in the world, particularly Ukraine with an average GDP growth of 6% in the next 40 years. According to the study Ukraine might move from 19th position in the ranking to 40th. Thus the discussion was headed to the issues Ukraine faces today and how to overcome them to assure the positive development in the future. Dr. Ricardo Giucci, CEO of Berlin GmbH Economics and Head of the German Advisory Group, has underlined that regime of fixed exchange rate is an obstacle for the Ukrainian economy.

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