Top Ukrainian Business Event of the Year takes place in London

The 9th annual Ukrainian Investment Summit, took place on  December 9/10 at the Riverside Plaza Hotel in London. 

Natalia Popovych, Ukrainian Crisis Media Centre, Dmytro Shmkiv, Ukrainian Presidential Administration, Andy Hunder, Ukrainian Institute in London

Natalia Popovych, Ukrainian Crisis Media Centre, Dmytro Shmkiv, Ukrainian Presidential Administration, Andy Hunder, Ukrainian Institute in London


International investors are closely watching the development of reforms in Ukraine and waiting for the first results. This is the impression of Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Dmytro Shymkiv from the Ukrainian Investment Summit organized by Adam Smith Institute in London.


In the course of the briefing, Dmytro Shymkiv has informed that he had held a series of meetings with international investors and representatives of the international banking institutions in the framework of the summit. “Ukraine remains on the radar of investors. They are closely watching the changes in our country. International investors positively evaluate the establishment of the new Government with young faces and global experience,” D. Shymkiv has noted.


The Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration has said that Russian propaganda was distorting the information about Ukraine abroad. According to him, it was extremely important to be present at the summit and explain concrete actions of the Ukrainian authorities to the attendees.


Dmytro Shymkiv has informed on his meeting with Ukrainian students receiving business education in London. Upon graduation, they are planning to return to Ukraine with new experience and knowledge of high international level. “It is increasingly important, because young people with global vision are essential for Ukraine now,” the Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration has said.


Dmytro Shymkiv has also informed that the first working session of the National Council of Reforms was planned for the following week. The participants of the session will discuss the approval of the Strategy of Reforms – 2020 and consider the implementation of several top-priority reforms. “In the coming days, the Decree on personal composition of the National Council of Reforms will be issued,” he has noted.


Besides, the Plan of Ukraine’s Recovery for 2015-2017 has been approved. The given document has been elaborated at the platform of the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and HCS under the guidance of then-Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, with participation of other ministries and the Presidential Administration, and with the support of the group of experts from the European Commission. The Plan has taken into account the comments and proposals from the foreign and national experts and NGO representatives. The Plan has been submitted to the Prime Minister who has called it one of the main priorities of the Plan of Actions declared by the newly established Government a week ago. It is one of the key elements of the preparation to the donor conference that is to be held at the beginning of the next year.


The Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration has also informed on the active functioning of the online platform on communications with the public reforms.in.ua. A lot of comments regarding the improvement of legislation have already been received. “These recommendations are being analyzed,” he has emphasized. Besides, electronic declarations of civil servants subject to verification under the Law on Lustration are now being published on the President’s website.


Speaking of several laws that must be harmonized with the demands of the World Bank, particularly the Regulations on the Accounting Chamber, Dmytro Shymkiv has informed that the respective draft law had already been prepared and would be considered by Verkhovna Rada in the coming days.



The speaker line-up included:

Mohammad Zahoor, the Chairman of ISTIL Group and owner of the Kyiv Post newspaper, who will join the session of CASE STUDIES from big Ukrainian business and its strategies for surviving the economic turbulence of today’s Ukraine of December 9. Other speakers for this session include Oleh Bakhmatyuk of Ukrlandfarming andDavinder Chugh, Arcelor Mittal Group

Petro Pinkas, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, Olexander Smirnov, General Director of PortInvest and Maksym Burbak, MP of the Ukrainian Parliament,  joinied the Infrastructure Modernisation panel discussion on December 10

Olena Zerkal, Deputy Foreign Minister for European Integration, who is speaking on the panel discussion on the prospects for the FTA agreement with the EU

Konstantin Perederiy, Industrial sector Director, SAP Ukraine,who is joining the session on business climate and investment on December 10, along with Ihor Bilous, Head of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine and Olexander Zhyvotovsky, Chairman, National Commission for the State Regulation of Communication and Informatisation 

Keynote session, featuring top government speakers, including Dmytro Shymkiv, Deputy Head of Staff at the Office of the President of Ukraine; Vladyslav Rashkovan, the newly appointed Deputy Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of Ukraine. Plus, the development strategy for the capital city of Ukraine from theKyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko. 

PLUS: Additional lunch session on how to now communicate Ukraine’s message to international audiences, including the director of the Ukrainian Institute in London, Andy Hunder, session moderated by Nataliya Popovych, Ukrainian Crisis Media Centre


  • A WINE RECEPTION, hosted by John Whittingdale OBE MP, Chairman of the British-Ukraine All-Party Parliamentary Group, held on Monday 8th December at the Thames Pavilion of the Palace of Westminister
  • A GALA-EVENING hosted by Ukraine Today, the newly launched television broadcaster, to be held at 18:30 December at the Riverbank Plaza Hotel.


The Ukrainian Institute in London is a proud supporter of the Ukrainian Investment Summit