Economic situation in Ukraine: a present and future outlook

26-02-2014 \\ Innofood nieuws

With a focus on chain developments in the dairy sector in Ukraine

Seminar & Networking
March 13th, 2014, 14:30 – 17:00 hrs
FMO | The Hague
After last year’s successful networking meeting at the Dutch development bank FMO, The Hague, the Netherlands-Ukrainian Council for Trade Promotion (NOCH) is pleased to announce the third joined seminar which will address Ukraine’s current instable economic and political situation and consequences for Dutch companies that want to do business in Ukraine. In addition, the seminar will zoom in on the chain developments in dairy farming and dairy industry in Ukraine and its untapped business opportunities.
Keynote speakers
His Excellency Kees Klompenhouwer is Ambassador of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Ukraine since 5 July 2013. One of his main responsibilities is to promote and represent important economic and trade interests of The Netherlands in Ukraine. In addition, he wishes to bring about and implement, together with other EU-partners, a structural partnership between a free and independent Ukraine and the European Union. Ambassador Klompenhouwer will address the current political circumstances of Ukraine including the economic consequences for international companies active in Ukraine.
Mr. Allard Eggink , Commercial Director Ruminants with Nuscience, will share his experiences on the latest developments in the Ukrainian animal feed industry. The challenges Nuscience encountered in expanding their factory and starting their own (Ukrainian) business label in feed, together with a coherent distribution line, will also be discussed.

Mr. Wim Wismans has been an independent senior consultant in breeding, animal health and food safety since 1998. He has worked 25 years in the livestock sector in The Netherlands realizing new structures and tools for farm management in cooperation with the dairy and feed industry. He was a driving force in realizing international rules for breeding and farm management through ICAR in cooperation with IDF, FAO etc.

Dairy farming and the dairy industry in Ukraine
For a number of years, Ukraine experienced a decrease in the cattle sizes and dairy output, in part due to the economic instability. The Ukrainian dairy processing market development shows that, in general, Ukraine continues to have good potential for production growth given the current low yields and low consumption and plenty of pasture lands.
The dairy industry faces significant developments. Big players in the milk processing sector, such as Danone-Ukraine, understand fully-well the need to ensure the quality throughout the entire dairy chain. Danone, one of the largest dairy producers in Ukraine, discovered untapped opportunities and will invest €30 Million in the coming years to improve the quality and introduce new products into the Ukrainian market. Moreover, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), confirms encouraging trends in the country and has listed the Ukrainian dairy industry amongst the most competitive sectors in the international context.
Now is the turning point for the Ukrainian milk production. Growth in this sector is stimulated by the improvement of milk production technologies, as well as by the stabilization in the number of cattle. The transfer of Dutch technology, expertise, and knowledge could play a key role in this process and bring new opportunities to Dutch companies in this sector.
For whom?
Companies already active in Ukraine or companies interested in doing business in Ukraine. Especially companies from the entire dairy industry chain: dairy farming, feed sector, livestock & breeding, and related sectors are invited to participate.
Participation is free of charge for NOCH-members; non-members pay a fee of €75,– (excluding. VAT). Registration is mandatory .
Please register before March 10th via the Extranet of the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion (NCH). For content related questions, please contact Ms. Marieke van der Wilk of the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion: mvanderwilk@nchnl.nlor +31 70 344 1554.
For questions regarding registration, please contact Ms. Patty Hilleveld: or +31 70 344 1581.
* The NOCH/NCH reserves the right to refuse participation to any applicant at any time and reserves the right to modify the program at any time. Cancellation until March 10th 2014 is free of cost. Thereafter the participation fee of €75,- (excluding VAT) is applicable to members as well as non-members.
14:30 – 15:00
Registration, Coffee and Tea
15:00 – 15:10
Opening and welcome by Steven Duyverman, Manager Fund Emerging Markets, FMO
15:10 – 15:40
Political and economic outlook Ukraine by H.E. Kees Klompenhouwer, Ambassador of The Netherlands to Ukraine
15:40 – 16:10
Case study: Feed sector by Mr. Allard Eggink, Commercial Director Ruminants, Nuscience, Ukraine
16:10 – 16:40
Challenges for Ukrainian farmers and Dutch companies in the developing Ukraine dairy chain industry by Mr. Wim Wismans, CEO AMSO
16:40 – 17:00
17:00 – 18:30
Networking reception
Moderator: Ms. Marieke van der Wilk, Area Manager Central and Eastern Europe, Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion