Opportunities and challenges for seafood in Ukraine – What room is there for seafood import and aquaculture technology from Norway?
NUCC invites members and contacts to an informative networking meeting in Kyiv on the 14th of November, where there will be focus on seafood and agricultural trade. NUCC is proud to hold this networking meeting together with and at the premises of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. For directions see this link
Consumption of seafood in Ukraine saw a dip in the challenging years of 2014-15, however we now see improving numbers on the road back to pre-2014 consumption levels. In order to feed the increasing seafood consumption Ukraine need both to increase its own production of seafood and facilitate efficient imports from trade partners.
Historically, the Ukrainian seafood industry was one of the most developed among the Soviet republics. Ukraine had all the elements for fish and seafood production, including fishing and fish processing, reproduction and protection of fish stocks, fish breeding centers. The level of productivity of fish-breeding ponds exceeded the average figure in the Soviet Union. However, after the collapse of the Soviet Union total aquaculture production dropped by 60% in the first year, and in addition to more recent developments the Ukrainian fishing fleet has also seen a big drop in production. Therefore import has become the main source of providing the Ukrainian population with fish and seafood products.
Taking into account previous performances, Ukraine has preconditions to become a considerable aquaculture producer. Despite the fact that Ukraine has the largest inner water surface area in Europe, aquaculture productivity is one of the lowest.
At the networking meeting NUCC, together with our project partners State Fisheries Agency of Ukraine, Easy Business and EverLegal, will launch a Roadmap for Aquaculture Development in Ukraine – reporting on the opportunities and challenges that are present in the aquaculture industry today, with concrete policy recommendations on how to develop into a considerable European aquaculture producer.
Attendance to the networking meeting is free of charge for NUCC members and invited contacts.
Registration with coffee/tea
Words of welcome – Mr. Gennadiy Chyzhykov, President of UCCI
Words of welcome – Mr. Ole Terje Horpestad, Norwegian Ambassador to Ukraine
Conclusions from today’s Bilateral Commission meeting
Ukrainian agricultural trade and reform - Ukrainian Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food
Official Launch and Handover of Roadmap on Aquaculture Development in Ukraine
- Report presented by Dmytro Lyvch, Project Manager at Easy Business, on behalf of report authors EasyBusiness, EverLegal and NUCC
Status on bilateral trade – Mr. Anatolii Kyryliuk, Project Manager of NUCC
10 minute coffee break
Ukrainian seafood exports: latest developments - Ms. Vira Kuznetsova, Senior Consultant in UCCI
Norwegian-Ukrainian seafood trade: Perspectives, market access and cooperation - Mr. Christen Mordal, Norwegian Seafood Council
Status on Ukrainian seafood production – Ukrainian State Agency of Fisheries
Ukrainian seafood imports and reprocessing – Mr Dmytro Zagumenny, General Director of the Association of Ukrainian importers of fish and seafood, -
Privatization of small state-owned facilities for producing and processing of seafood - Mr. Uriy Nikitin, Deputy Head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine
Business Case presentation from NUCC Young Entrepreneur Program – Reprocessing of Norwegian seafood in Ukraine
- Presented by representatives from YE Seafood Group: Oleg Kiriyevsky and Alex Kaipetskiy
Panel discussion - Perspectives on bilateral trade, particularly Seafood and Agriculture, with Q&A