Second Financial Fair

A unique platform, which provides small and medium enterprises with an opportunity to receive up-to-date information on banking, leasing and insurance products for SMEs and other available sources of funding. This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to get business advice, as well as to establish new contacts and partnerships.

The project is implemented by the German-Ukrainian Fund with the financial support of the German Government through the KfW Development Bank. GUF has been successfully contributing to the development of micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises in Ukraine for almost 20 years. Small and medium enterprises (SME) is the foundation for the successful growth of the country in the long run, therefore its strengthening is a strategic priority of the GUF.

Second Financial Fair is one of the main events in the Ukrainian business environment, which will highlight the annual results of cooperation between the Fund and its partners based on specific case studies. The event will bring together representatives of SMEs, financial institutions, organizations contributing to entrepreneurship development, and state authorities for further progress. All guests of the Fair will be able to get information about:

  • government policy on SME development and European experience in implementing SME support policies;
  • up-to-date banking lending programs for entrepreneurs;
  • international experience of supporting SMEs financing, based on examples from countries such as Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia.

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Second Financial Fair for SMEs is initiated and organized by the German-Ukrainian Fund,
financial supported by the Government of Germany.

About the German-Ukrainian Fund

German-Ukrainian Fund (GUF) is a reliable partner of Ukrainian small and medium business for over 20 years. The fund was established by the National Bank of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine via the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, and the German Credit Institution for Reconstruction (bank KfW). GUF supports financing Ukrainian micro, small and medium enterprises by providing them with loans for investment in fixed and working capital through partner banks.

GUF is a non-profit institution, therefore, any possible earnings are not distributed among the GUF founders, but are used for further lending to small and medium businesses.

How does the Fund operate?

To finance SMEs the Fund uses both equity and credit funds provided to the Government of Ukraine by Federal Republic of Germany as part of development programs and support. Through implementing these programs GUF creates a bridge that provides financial cooperation between Ukraine and Germany.

Support of SMEs isn’t carried out directly but through selected partner banks that meet GUF eligibility criteria, fulfilling the principle of “second level” institution. This behavior does not create competition between GUF and banks, but, on the contrary, strengthens their credit supply, preventing increase of GUF spends on the program by using the branch network of partner banks. It also prevents corrupt acts through delegating right to make decisions on granting credit (final decision-makers are partner banks). This principle is similar to those that are used by European development banks to support SME financing.

How does this help business?

For business community cooperation with the Fund is an opportunity to raise additional funds for business development and establish favorable conditions for cooperation with the bank. Since the beginning of GUF work in 1996, over 162 000 small and medium enterprises received funding support as part of Fund’s program, totaling about 754 million Euro.

As part of its programs GUF uses interest rate restrictions for end borrowers – entrepreneurs. The aim is to make financial resources for SMEs more attractive and accessible for investment projects. As important precondition of limiting interest rates was establishing mechanism to avoid currency risk, which GUF fully assumed as from their own, and by the European Commission.

German-Ukrainian Fund partner banks

Today the list of GUF partner banks includes the following Ukrainian banks: JSC ProCredit Bank, JSB Ukrgasbank, JSC Megabank, JSC Oschadbank, JSC CREDITWEST Bank, JSC CREDOBANK. However, it should be noted that the said list of banks-partners of GUF is not final. German-Ukrainian Fund regularly examines Ukrainian banks applications to participate in GUF programs for becoming GUF partner bank.

Members

  • JSC ProCredit Bank
  • JSB Ukrgasbank
  • JSC Megabank
  • JSC Oschadbank
  • JSC CREDOBANK
  • FRG Embassy
  • Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine
  • Pleon Talan
  • Kharkiv Region State Administration
  • Kyiv Region State Administration
  • Ternopil Region State Administration
  • JSC Kharkiv Tractor Plant (KhTZ)
  • JSC Zaporizhia Automobile Building Plant (ZAZ)

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МАРК ЛЕЙТІ

Керівник інформаційного забезпечення Штабу ОЗС НАТО в Європі (SHAPE), (Великобританія)

З 2007 року Марк Лейті є керівником інформаційного забезпечення (StratCom) в Штабі Об’єднаних збройних сил НАТО в Європі (SHAPE). Він став першим, хто обійняв цю посаду, створену внаслідок зростання важливості інформаційних кампаній у військових операціях. Його апарат виконував провідну роль у розробці політики інформаційного забезпечення (StratCom), а зараз здійснює нагляд за її реалізацією та подальшим розвитком у ході операцій НАТО.

Марк Лейті перейшов до НАТО, пропрацювавши 22 роки в журналістиці, головним чином – на радіо і телебаченні

До цього займав різні посади в НАТО, серед яких речник НАТО в Кабулі і радник командувача сил ISAF, старший цивільний представник НАТО з питань інформаційного забезпечення, начальник підрозділу публічної інформації в Штабі ОЗС НАТО (SHAPE), спеціальний радник найвищих посадових осіб НАТО, спеціальний аташе із зв’язку з військовими, керівник нагляду за інформаційними кампаніями в ході операцій НАТО тощо.

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