Ukrainian agri exporters were provided a unique opportunity to enter the EU markets

On February 12, 2015 the “Agri & Food Export Forum” was held at the Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv under the patronage of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, and supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, that brought together key players in the agribusiness sector to refresh the effective interaction between all professionals in the market, as well as between the business and the government.

«Thanks to the “Agri & Food Export Forum” international investors obtained an opportunity to investigate agricultural market of Ukraine and to evaluate their perspectives and investment attractiveness. It is important that all participants in the forum sought to implement a long-term strategy for the development of their business processes, find new markets and partners», — said the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Oleksiy Pavlenko.

Deputy Minister on European Integration of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Vladyslava Rutytska mentioned: «In our turn, we want to connect agricultural producers for discussing practical solutions on accessing the EU markets. Using the example of the successful experience of the leading Ukrainian companies, we would like to show and teach local farmers how to enter the European markets. In particular, this applies to small and medium-sized producers. Today they need support from the government, financial institutions, also in terms of moving to the new standards, of obtaining certification and determining new markets. We also need to understand that today instead of exporting raw materials, Ukrainian producers should focus on products with high added value.»

Among the Forum speakers were Gocha Tsopurashvili, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Georgia, Şevki Acuner, EBRD, Jeffrey R. Payett, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Nicolas Verlet, European Commission, Adam Mycyk, Dentons, Elena Voloshyna, IFC, Dominique Menu, Bank BNP Paribas, Jean-Jacques Herve, Credit Agricole Bank, Marion Hoenike, European Investment Bank, Vasile Tofan, Purcari Wines, Sergey Lyamets, Economic Pravda and many others.

«Limited access to financing is a major problem for the Ukrainian agricultural producers in the current year. For IFC supporting of agribusiness across the whole chain of production is the main focus of our work in Ukraine. Just last year, we invested more than $ 300 million in agribusiness projects. We have extended the offer of financial products, we continue to work on the implementation of agricultural warrants. We will continue to support Ukrainian manufacturers, and we also strive to bring other investors in the sector», – said the head of IFC in Ukraine Elena Voloshyna.

The forum was attended by more than 300 companies, including Case IH, Titan Machinery, Industrial Milk Company, John Deere, Kernel, Vitmark, Mondelez Ukraine, AgroGeneration, Grain Alliance, Agrokultura, and others.

The Forum was held under the patronage of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine. Organizer — A7 CONFERENCES. General Partner — Case IH, Institutional Partner – EBRD, Exclusive Legal Partner — Dentons, Telecommunications Partner — Kyivstar, Partners — Western NIS Enterprise Fund and Coca-Cola. First National TV Channel and Persha Shpalta — General TV Partners, 5th Channel — TV Partner, Economichna Pravda — General Media Partner, Interfax-Ukraine — General Informational Partner, Latifundist.com — Internet Partner.

Among the media partners: KyivPost, Apostrophe, FinMaidan, UJBL, AgroNews, Centre of transport strategies, Financial Director, MinFin, Platfor.ma, ProRetail.info. Informational Partner — European Business Association in Ukraine. The event was supported by ASTP, VAR, UGA, Edinburgh Business School in Eastern Europe, the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, Business School MIM-Kyiv, Kyiv School of Economics and the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine.

For those who could not attend the Forum the full record of the event is available at: a7conf.com/agro

For additional information, please contact A7 CONFERENCES, tel. +38 044 227 27 77, contact@a7conf.com