Dragon Capital and UkraineInvest Hold Investment Conference in London

Dragon Capital and UkraineInvest, the Ukrainian government’s investment promotion office, held a Ukraine Investor Day conference in London on July 7.

The event in Corinthia Hotel brought together around 80 directors and portfolio managers from U.S. and European institutions invested in Ukrainian equities and debt instruments, including Ashmore Group, Franklin Templeton, BNP Paribas Investment Management, BlackRock, BlueCrest, Fidelity Investments, Pictet Asset Management, Pioneer, T Rowe Price and others. In total, the conference was attended by about 150 people.

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman addressed the audience with a keynote speech.

“Today Ukraine is very competitive. There are few countries in the world that would have such opportunities and would be so interesting for investment. We have a wide range of directions for investment, from agriculture to space industry. I invite foreign investors to enter the Ukrainian market. However, we understand that in order to attract foreign investment, we must create favorable conditions for business as well as adopt new legislation on privatization,” said the Prime Minister.

A subsequent panel discussion on Ukraine’s macroeconomic situation featured Oleksandr Danyliuk, Minister of Finance of Ukraine; Dmytro Sologub, Deputy Governor, National Bank of Ukraine; Ron van Rooden, Chief of Mission to Ukraine, Assistant Director in European Department, International Monetary Fund; Francis Malige, Managing Director for Eastern Europe and Caucasus, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and Jason Pellmar, Regional Manager for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, IFC.

The conference’s second panel discussion, on reforms, included Oksana Markarova, First Deputy Minister of Finance of Ukraine, Government Commissioner on Investments; Maxim Nefyodov, First Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine; Ivan Miklos, Head, Strategic Advisory Group for Supporting Ukrainian Reforms (SAGSUR); Artem Sytnyk, Director, Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine; and Andriy Kobolyev, Chief Executive Officer, Naftogaz Ukraine.

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