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US Ambassador predicts Ukraine a key role in world agriculture

Ukraine could become a leading player in the world among the agricultural producers, the US Ambassador to Ukraine John Tefft believes. He stated this at a formal meeting with the Donetsk Governor Andrew Shishatskiy, UNIAN reports.


According to Tefft, Ukraine has a huge potential in agriculture, the country is able to produce a lot of agricultural products, both for domestic consumption and export.


It should be noted that according to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, Ukrainian farmers can increase export of agricultural products from $18.2 billion last year up to $22 billion this year.


The growth of gross agricultural production is expected at the level of 8% this year, which will help to ensure the export potential of Ukraine and inflow of foreign currency to support the farmers.


The main buyers of Ukrainian agricultural export are the markets of the EU countries as well as promising markets of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.


Ukraine may increase transit of Kazakh oil by 5 million tons - E.Stavitskiy

Ukraine plans to increase the transit of Kazakh oil through its territory by 5 million tons per year. This was announced by the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Eduard Stavitskiy.

Stavitskiy reminded that Ukraine carries out Kazakh oil transit by rail, and expects to resume transit by pipelines.


Recall, CEO of Ukrtransnafta PSC Alexander Lazorko in early April, said that Ukraine has adapted all the conditions of oil transit to the offers of Kazakhstan to resume transportation of oil from this country to Europe.


In recent years, Kazakhstan more not once suspended transit of oil through oil pipelines of Ukraine, accounting for the economic unattractiveness of the pipeline route.


Oil transit through Ukraine to Europe in January and February 2013 decreased by 10.7% compared to the same period in 2012 - up to 2.399 million tons.


Ukraine may cancel export duty on sunflower seeds

Ukraine may cancel export duty on sunflower seeds. Respective bill to amend the law on export duties on certain types of oil crops seeds was registered in the Verkhovnaya Rada of Ukraine on April 2 (registration number 2692).


As was stated in the explanatory note, today in Ukraine, the export duty on sunflower seeds is 10% of the customs value of goods, which, in turn, inhibits export of oilseeds, undermines investment climate and economic potential of Ukraine.


Thus, according to the developers of the bill, abolition of export duty will stimulate and increase in sunflower production, provide the growth of state economy and fill the state budget due to tax allocations.


Azarov: Ukraine and Kazakhstan have significant potential for enhancing bilateral cooperation

Ukraine and Kazakhstan have significant potential for enhancing bilateral cooperation. This was stated by the Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov at expanded meeting with the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Serik Akhmetov.


According to the Prime Minister, Ukraine and Kazakhstan have great potential to increase cooperation in aviation, space, energy, transportation, agricultural, scientific and technical fields.


"And your official visit will definitely strengthen our bilateral relations and give a new impetus to their development", - Nikolay Azarov said.


In turn Serik Akhmetov noted that Ukraine is an important commercial, economic and political partner of Kazakhstan. He is convinced that Ukraine and Kazakhstan have considerable potential for trade and economic cooperation.


Employers and trade unions of the maritime industry agreed on cooperation

For the first time in Ukraine, employers and trade unions of the maritime industry agreed to work together. On 2 April the Federation of Employers of Ukraine and the Trade Union of Maritime Transport Workers of Ukraine signed a Memorandum on Partnership and Cooperation.

The parties agreed on joint participation in the elaboration of sectoral programs for economic and social development, and other legal documents. Trade unions and employers will jointly promote a favorable investment, legal and economic conditions for the effective operation of the maritime industry enterprises and potential investors. Besides, joint materials in order to respond to the current situation and current problems of the maritime industry as part of the interaction will be prepared. Unions will share a reference and analytical information with employers and conduct various joint activities, including research, conferences, round tables, press conferences, etc.

Employers and trade unions have also agreed that the consolidation of efforts of both sides is very important during the industry reformation.

Also, the parties formed a joint body - Bilateral Social and Economic Council in the field of maritime transport which will carry out advisory and harmonization functions.



Grain harvest in Ukraine may total 54-56 million tons in 2013 – UAC

 According to the General Director of Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation Sergey Stoyanov, grain harvest this year, despite the heavy snow at the end of March, may total 54-56 million tons, which is 8-10 million tons more than last year.


According to him, on such conditions, concerns about shortage of certain products in Ukraine are absolutely groundless.


"Money will be the only deficit" - said the General Director of UAC.


He explained that the reason for this is disastrous underfunding of agriculture sector, low profitability in most households, which is observed year after year and does not allow fast implementation of the natural potential of Ukrainian soils.


The World Bank expects good harvest of grain in the Black Sea region

The World Bank (WB) is expecting high yields of grain this year from Europe, the Black Sea countries (with the exception of the southern regions of Russia), China and India. FAO UN is also expects increase of world wheat production to 690 million tons this year (4.3% more than in 2012) reports Kommersant.


At the same time, dry summer is expected in the southern United States, "problematic" season may be in Argentina, South Africa and Australia, where possible supply disruptions in the coming months, predicts the WB. Increased pressure on the prices is expected in China and other major importers - Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea and Turkey.


World cereal stocks for six months decreased by 3%, including wheat - by 9%, forage crops - by 6%, as a result global performance ratio of stocks fell from 22% to 20.6% on average for all cereals.


Black Sea ports significantly exceed annual cargo handling in 150 million tons thanks to logistics – N.Azarov

The Black Sea ports significantly exceed annual handling of cargo in 150 million tons at the account of logistics. This was announced by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Nikolay Azarov in the interview to Hungarian mass media.


Volumes of cargo handling in the national ports of the Black Sea amount to 150 million tons annually. And they can be significantly increased when we ensure corresponding logistics,” the Premier said.


“For us it is crucial to secure reliable transport flows between Ukraine and Europe. And Hungarian direction proves actual and profitable as it is the shortest way to the Central Europe,” he accentuated.


The Head of the Government reminded that for the two recent years roads Kyiv-Yagodyn and Kyiv-Lviv have been modernized in Ukraine and now there is the turn of Hungarian logistic direction.


“I have raised this issue with the Prime Minister of Hungary and said if Hungary is ready to give us loans, we are ready to realize these projects rather fast”, Nikolay Azarov informed.


According to him, “the funds can be partially issued by the European Union and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development”.


“Anyway, I consider this issue will be solved,” emphasized the head of Ukrainian Government who is staying in Hungary with the official visit.



Spring field works will be resumed in April - Ministry of Agrarian Policy

Since the beginning of the next month Ukrainian farmers plan to continue the spring-field works, which have been suspended due to onset of weather conditions. This said the Director of the Department of Agriculture under the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Alexander Demidov on March 26.


Currently, farmers are trying to accumulate the necessary resources to carry out the spring-field works efficiently and as quick as possible.


The official said that in general, before the adverse weather early spring grains were planted on 665 ha, or 22% of the forecast.


Demidov also noted that after resumption of favorable weather conditions the assessment of the state of winter and summer crops will be performed, as a result of which the structure of sowing may be revised. Currently, about 300-600 thousand hectares are planned to be reseeding.


Ukraine and Georgia agreed to accelerate the implementation of joint energy projects

A bilateral meeting between the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Eduard Stavitskiy with the Vice Prime Minister - the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Georgia Kakha Kaladze was held in Tbilisi (Georgia) on March 26.


During the meeting, Eduard Stavitskiy noted the presence of significant, unrealized in full measure potential of Ukrainian-Georgian cooperation in the energy sphere.


In addition, the projects of international importance in the gas sector are also important for the two countries. "Ukraine supports Georgia's gas transportation projects AGRI and "White Stream" and interested in their success", - said the Head of the Ministry of Energy and Coal of Ukraine.


The minister added that Ukraine is interested in participating in the realization of the project of Trans Anatolian pipeline, implementation of which will significantly increase the volumes of natural gas transit through the territory of Georgia. It's about enable the Ukrainian gas transportation system in the supply of gas through Georgia to Europe, supplying pipes of Ukrainian origin for the project TANAP etc.


A working group on cooperation with the Customs Union and Common Economic Space is created

The Government has decided to create a high-level working group to deepen cooperation with the Customs Union and Common Economic Space of Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. The relevant decision was made at the Cabinet meeting on 25 March.

The working group is established to prepare and implement measures aimed at strengthening cooperation with the Customs Union and Common Economic Space of Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, to create favorable conditions to increase trade turnover, improve the trade balance, expansion of cooperative relations, investment and innovation in the real economy.

The Head of the working group was appointed the Vice Prime Minister Yuriy Boyko. Personal composition of the working group, which included 10 people, is also approved.