4th German-Ukrainian Business Forum


The 4th German-Ukrainian Business Forum serves as a platform to discuss and promote economic relations between Germany and Ukraine. It is aimed at decision-makers from business and politics in Germany and the Ukraine. Due to the corona pandemic the forum will take place digital with a live broadcast from the House of German Business in Berlin.

With high-ranking speakers from the Ukraine and Germany, we want to pick up on current topics and put it on discussion in several panels. DIHK president Eric Schweitzer will open the conference together with the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

The forum is organized by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), the German-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK Ukraine), the German Eastern Business Association (OA) in cooperation with the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, UkraineInvest and the Ukrainian Embassy in Germany and takes places on:

Friday, March 19, 2021,
from 10:00 to 17:30 (CET)
The livestream will be available in English, German and Ukrainian.
The event is free of charge.


Program

*Time zone CET.

Brief Introduction & Technical Remarks

-    Alexander Markus, Chairman of the Board, German-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Welcome

-    Dr Eric Schweitzer, President of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK)


Opening

-    Denys Shmyhal, Prime-Minister of Ukraine

-    Dr Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany

Panel I
Ukraine and Germany – cooperation in industrial development and digitalisation

-    Marco Wanderwitz, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Co-Head of the German-Ukrainian High-Level Group on Economic Cooperation

-    Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, Co-Head of the German-Ukrainian High-Level Group on Economic Cooperation

-    Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine

-    Ihor Petrashko, Minister of Economic Development & Trade of Ukraine

-    Heiko Kreisel, President of the German-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

-    Oliver Hermes,  Chairman of the German Eastern Business Association (OA)

Moderator: Michael Harms, CEO, German Eastern Business Association (OA)

Coffee break / Video

Panel II
Modern Solutions in the Sphere of Energy / Green Deal

-    Yuri Y. Vitrenko, Minister of Energy of Ukraine (acting)

-    Andreas Feicht, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

-    Maksym V. Timchenko, CEO, DTEK

-    Andriy Kobolyev, Chairman, NAK „Naftogaz Ukraine”

-    Willi Meixner, Senior Vice President Europe, Siemens Energy AG

-    Olaf Knappe, ESE Investments AG

Moderator: Dr Volker Treier, Chief Executive of Foreign Trade and Member of the Executive Board, Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK)

Lunch break – Networking via wonder me

Panel III
Agriculture and Food Processing

-    Roman M. Leshchenko, Minister for Agriculture and Food of Ukraine

-    Uwe Feiler, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (tbc)

-    Gennadiy Chyzhykov,  President, Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

-    André Pilling, Head of the Committee for Food and Agriculture with AHK Ukraine / Agritrade Project

-    Andriy Sypko, co-owner, Farm Enterprise “Organic Systems”

Moderator: Dirk Stratmann, Spokesperson Ukraine, German Agribusiness Alliance

Breakout session: Investment opportunities in Ukraine

-    Mr Dmytro Sennychenko, Chairman of the State Property Fund of Ukraine

-    Sergiy Tsivkach,  CEO, UkraineInvest

-    Roman Opimakh, Director General, State Geology and Subsoil Survey of Ukraine

Panel IV
Logistics and Infrastructure: Opportunities for Concessions and Public-Private Partnerships

-    Vladyslav A. Krykliy, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine

-    Philip Sweens, CEO, HHLA International; Spokesperson Country Working Group Ukraine, German Eastern Business Association

-    Oleksiy Myronenko, CEO, Miko Group / Head of the Transport & Logistics Committee AHK Ukraine

-    Oleksandr Holodnytskii, CEO (acting), Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA)

-    Taras Boichuk, Spilno office (Support for PPP projects in Ukraine)

Moderator: Alexander Markus, Chairman of the Board, German-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry