On December 3 - 4 Ukraine's Chamber of Commerce held Ukrainian Industrial Days with the Industrial Ukraine's Parks Forum and the 3rd Conference "New Industrialization". The main purpose of the event was a synergy of government and business in building an innovative industrial-agrarian model of economic development in Ukraine.
The highlight of the Industrial Parks Forum activities was to unlock the potential of such an economic and industrial development instrument of the country as industrial parks and eco-parks, taking into account experience of the leading world countries, in particular, in the neighboring ones.
The attention was paid to practical aspect of improving legislation in this field, experience of regional and local development of industrial parks, opportunities to solve pressing issues on financing of industrial park projects and assistance in connecting to energy networks and building transport infrastructure, use of funds from the State Regional Development Fund, private investment promotion, etc.
Ukrainian business clearly outlined the need to expedite the negotiation process for the signing of the ACAA agreement (Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products). The expert of the European Commission’s Directorate-General promised to transmit this signal to the European Commission’s senior management.
“Industrial policy is listed in the European Commission's top priorities. We are working on the formation of such an industrial policy that will best reflect the interests of both producers and society as a whole. We focus on sustainable development, human capital, digitalization. Ukraine is a part of Europe, the country has been participating in EU Industry Days for two years in a row. Ukrainian industry is an important part of the development of European industrial potential," said Grzegorz Drozd, a policy expert at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
This year, the experts focused on:
- the issues of supporting and developing the national industry in the context of realizing the goals of sustainable development;
- developing the processing industry as a driver of economic growth in Ukraine;
- prospects for Ukraine’s integration into world value chains;
- developing the energy market for the industry.
The event has already become a brand of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Currently, it is a platform for an effective dialogue between the business and government representatives to discuss current issues regarding the prospects of the country's industrial development.
“Industrial visa-free travel should become a reality for Ukraine. Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry supports the initiative to conclude ACAA (Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products) because it will allow us to increase our exports by 85%. Let's remove technical barriers! It is necessary to enable domestic exporters to label their products with the European Conformity Mark (CE) and sell them freely in the EU market without additional certification. In addition to saving time and money for exporters, this will contribute to improving the image of our products. It will also facilitate Ukraine’s access to other global markets,” Gennadiy Chyzhykov, the President of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said.
The delegates also examined the support and financing tools for the national industry, the involvement of domestic investment for the implementation of investment projects in Ukraine.
A joint initiative of the government and business to hold such big events in the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will ensure a balance of interests of business, local communities, and the state.
Valeriya Sergeeva, the TV presenter of the 112 Ukraine TV channel, moderated one of the panel discussions of the Ukrainian Industrial Days.