On 20 May, the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO) in cooperation with The Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry held the UKRAINE FORUM at the premises of WKO in Vienna.

After opening words held by Richard Schenz, Vice-President, WKO, Valeriy Korol, Vice President, Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and  H.E. Oleksandr Scherba, Ukrainian Embassador to Austria the „Latest developments in agriculture and food industry in Ukraine” where presented by the deputy of Olga Trofimtseva, Acting Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

The opening was followed by an roundup about the “Economic situation and business conditions in Ukraine” held by Gabriele Haselsberger, Head of Advantage Austria, Kyiv, followed by an Practice Panel: “Doing Business in Ukraine & trends in key sectors“ moderated by Gabriele Haselsberger with the following speakers and topics

Industrial Modernization

Robert Reisebauer, VP Sales & Marketing Ukraine, Primetals Technologies Austria GmbH

Ukraine’s Untapped Agricultural Potential

Ursula Bittner, Secretary General and Spokesperson, Donau Soja

Real Estate, New Working Environments & Digitalization

Wolfgang Gomernik, CEO, Delta Holding, CEO & Partner Delta Ukraine

Tourism Development

Christopher Hinteregger, Managing Director, PKF tourismexperts

Dr. Michael Angerer, Regional Manager Eastern Europe/ Central Asia, Aussenwirtschaft Austria, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber was the host for the Panel „Regions of Ukraine Present their priorities communal infrastructure projects” with the following speaker:

Economic development of Ukrainian regions

Gennadiy Boldyr, Director for International Relations, Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Sumy Region

Mykola Klochko, Head of Sumy Regional State Administration

Lviv Region

Markian Malskyy, Austrian Honory Consul in Lviv, Partner, Law Firm Arzinger

Khmelnitskyi Region

Nataliya Bielyakova, President, Khmelnitskyi Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Our Partner at Henniger Winkelmann Consulting (HWC LLC), Kyiv, Sven Henniger was the moderator for the last Panel “Legal, Tax and Financial Aspects of Doing Business in Ukraine”.

Andreas Kettlgruber, Head of Cross-Border Business Management, Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) provided a presentation about the current Macroeconomic Situation in Ukraine.

With Andreas Kettlgruber, Markian Malskyy, Partner Arzinger Law Firm, and Wilfried Serles, Managing Partner IB Interbilanz, Sven Henniger discussed the current legal framework and challenges, such as the relatively new LLC Law, Language Law, Judicial Reforms and fighting Corruption and the upcoming changes at the Renewable Energy Law. Followed by the tax and financial topics, recent changes in the area of currency control, the currency stability in Ukraine, FX Headging possibilies, the current tax environment in Ukraine and still existing burden of doing business in Ukraine.

The whole event was closed with a Networking-Cocktail and a B2B Meeting. Around 150 participants used this great opportunity to get informed about the legal, tax and financial framework of Ukraine and some practical points of doing business in Ukraine.

Many thanks to Dr. Michael Angerer and Gabriele Haselsberger and their Teams for the well organized event and the opportunity to be as a Moderator a part of this event.