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SheChampion: women entrepreneurs from Kherson discussed new prospects on the way to international markets

The CUTIS project in cooperation with regional chambers of commerce and industry launched a series of #SheChampion seminars. The main goal is to discuss barriers women entrepreneurs face in business and international trade, as well as share experience in entering foreign markets.

The meeting, held on June 5 in Kherson, united 26 representatives including businesswomen (agriculture and food, light industry, shipbuilding and machine building), public organization representatives, and local authorities.

During the event, Vira Porovska, a Ukrainian gender expert of the CUTIS project, presented a gender based analysis (GBA) of the export challenges of Ukrainian micro, small and medium enterprises in 5 industries (apparel, footwear, confectionery, furniture, and IT services).

Larisa Ponomarenko, Head of the Kherson RCC Center for International Cooperation shared information about the CUFTA and the prospects of entering the Canadian market, its features, preferences and trends.

Victoria Gavrenkova, co-founder of companies exporting sunflower oil to more than 44 countries, including Canada, shared their experience in starting their own business and entering new markets.

Marina Nikolayeva, co-owner and director of yacht and exquisite wooden furniture company, talked about her own experience of coping with double burden, delegation and distribution of responsibilities and constant self-development.

During the masterclass in sales conducted by Vira Porovska, businesswomen exchanged advice, accumulated new ideas for improving their enterprises, shared their experience and set up new business contacts.

Similar events are planned in other regions of Ukraine. Next seminar will be in Lutsk on June 20.  So keep an eye on the updates.

SheChampion: businesswomen from Vinnytsia learned how to overcome barriers on the way to foreign markets

The CUTIS project in cooperation with regional chambers of commerce and industry launched a series of #SheChampion seminars. The main goal is to discuss barriers women entrepreneurs face in business and international trade, as well as share experience in entering foreign markets.

The meeting, held on May 30 in Vinnytsia, united 30 representatives including businesswomen, public organization representatives, and local authorities.

During the event, Barbara MacLaren, a Canadian gender expert of the CUTIS project presented a gender based analysis (GBA) of the export challenges of Ukrainian micro, small and medium enterprises in 5 industries (apparel, footwear, confectionery, furniture, and IT services).

Svitlana Vyazilovska, CEO and owner of an agriculture company Biofarm Organic, shared her experience in exporting and entering foreign markets. Svitlana selected the most interesting for the audience topics, for instance, business profitability, searching for partners, certification, logistics, etc.

During the masterclass in sales conducted by Vira Porovska, a Ukrainian gender expert of the CUTIS project, businesswomen exchanged advice, accumulated new ideas for improving their enterprises, shared their experience and set up new business contacts.

Similar events are planned in other regions of Ukraine. Next seminar will be in Kherson on June 5.  So keep an eye on the updates.

Visible and Invisible Barriers: CUTIS project convened a discussion about gender based barriers to trade

The Canada-Ukraine Trade & Investment Support (CUTIS) project presented the report ‘Visible and Invisible Barriers: a Gender Based Analysis (GBA) of the Export Challenges of Ukrainian micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs)’ at an event on May 28 in Kyiv.

The main objective of the report was to provide useful policy recommendations to stakeholders on how to lower gender-based barriers to trade for women-owned and women-managed MSMEs. A gender-based analysis was used to examine the key issues facing men and women MSME owners and top managers as they engage in international trade.

Over 100 participants took part in the event including representatives of international and non-governmental organizations, governmental institutions, academia, media, business, and other interested organizations.

The GBA was conducted by a team of academics at the Centre for Social Indicators associated with the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS).

In total, 432 men-led MSMEs and 209 women-led MSMEs participated from five target industries – apparel, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.

This report in its gender analysis adds value to previous research on gender and trade by including the perspectives of export-oriented enterprises.

The study’s results highlight several findings that contribute to the global literature on gender and international trade:

1. Women were under-represented compared with men in terms of owning or managing an MSME. On average, only one in three companies was women-led (i.e., majority women-owned or managed). Furthermore, women-led MSMEs in four out of the five industries examined have women-dominant workforces.

2. Of the five target industries—confectionery, apparel, footwear, furniture, and IT—the highest level of women’s leadership was found in apparel, where 45 percent of surveyed MSMEs are led by women.

3. Micro and small women-led companies are slightly less likely to be currently exporting than men-owned companies of the same size. Among non-exporting businesses, we found that women-led MSMEs were less likely than those led by men to consider engaging foreign markets in the future.

4. In three of the five target industries, about half of women-led businesses that sell to domestic markets are not considering export in the future. Export barriers of concern to women-led companies are market entry and customs processes.

5. Over and above trade-related challenges, women-led MSMEs also voiced significant concern about traditional gender stereotypes and the role of women’s double burden in limiting their potential to internationalize their business.

The GBA report also includes 25 recommendations for public and private stakeholders to overcome gender-related barriers. It is our hope that these recommendations spark further discussion and action to bring about a more level playing field for men and women in international trade.

To download the report please follow this link

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) Project is a 5-year (2016-2021) Canadian development assistance initiative designed to lower poverty in Ukraine through increasing exports from Ukraine to Canada and investment from Canada to Ukraine. The project funded by the Canadian Government through the Global affairs Canada and implemented by the Conference Board of Canada in partnership with the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.

The CUTIS project implements U CAN EXPORT Support Program in five priority sectors: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.

11 agri-food producers represented Ukraine at SIAL Canada

On April 30th – May 2nd Toronto hosted the only Canadian national tradeshow offering up a complete range of food products, food-related equipment, and technologies – SIAL Canada. Enercare Centre gathered under one roof more than 1,000 exhibitors from 50 countries. Among this variety of tastes, there were showcased 11 Ukrainian producers united under the brand Made In Ukraine.

That was the second confectionery mission of Ukrainian food companies in Canada arranged by the CUTIS project. And this time, thousands of buyers met not only the new names but previously known products as well.

‘This year, Made In Ukraine was outstanding! Made In Ukraine expanded from confectionery and chocolate to include bulk, traditional and organic products. The Ukrainian merchandise received excellent reviews from North American (Canadian and USA) buyers and retailers, offering very competitive prices, top quality brands and attractive packaging,’ – Canadian expert Bertrand Walle said.

Ukrainian products were presented in two categories:

Chocolate, Confectionery, Cookies, Wafers and Crackers:

Honey, Organic Berries, Cereals & Edible Oils:

The mission for Ukrainian companies wasn’t limited by only showcasing in the SIAL show. The participants got useful tips on how to sell their products during the info sessions and visited a number of local grocery stores during retail familiarization tour.

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) Project is a 5-year (2016-2021) Canadian development assistance initiative designed to lower poverty in Ukraine through increasing exports from Ukraine to Canada and investment from Canada to Ukraine.

The CUTIS project implements U CAN EXPORT Support Program in five priority sectors: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.

SheChampion: women entrepreneurs from Chernigiv discussed the barriers on the way to international markets

The CUTIS project in cooperation with regional chambers of commerce and industry launched a series of #SheChampion seminars. The main goal is to discuss barriers women entrepreneurs face in business and international trade, as well as share experience in entering foreign markets.

The first meeting, held on April 23 in Chernihiv, united more than 30 businesswomen, public organization representatives, and local authorities.

During the meeting, Vira Porovska, a gender expert of the CUTIS project presented a gender-based analysis of export barriers for small and medium-sized women businesses in 5 industries (apparel, footwear, confectionary, furniture, and IT services).

Larysa Tsygan, Vice-president of the Chernihiv Chamber of Commerce and Industry presented the useful information about the potential of the Canadian market for Ukrainian producers and overviewed the new opportunities opened by the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine (CUFTA).

Thanks to Oksana Trukhan, owner of TM Ursula Jewelry, participants learned about the Etsy platform and its benefits for business women aiming to enter international markets.

Tetiana Lesun, the manager of Ukrposhta described new postal products for improving the export strategies of Ukrainian enterprises.

And the last but not the list. During the masterclass in sales business women exchanged advice, accumulated new ideas for improving their enterprises, shared their experience and set up new business contacts.

Similar events are planned in other regions of Ukraine. Next seminar will be in Vinnytsia on May 30. So keep an eye on the updates.

SheChampion: women entrepreneurs from Ivano-Frankivsk region discussed barriers in business and trade

Women entrepreneurship is often faced visible and/or invisible barriers. They may be related to external factors such as business development or entrance the international markets as well as internal barriers, for example, gender stereotypes in Ukrainian society.

To overcome these barriers and create a space for communication and knowledge sharing, a series of #SheChampion seminars is being organized by the CUTIS project in cooperation with regional chambers of commerce and industry.

The first meeting, held on April 11 in Ivano-Frankivsk, united more than 40 businesswomen, public organization representatives, and local authorities.

During the meeting, Vira Porovska, a gender expert of the CUTIS project presented a gender-based analysis of export barriers for small and medium-sized women businesses in 5 industries (apparel, footwear, confectionary, furniture, and IT services). Ms. Porovska also paid attention to those spheres where the number of women entrepreneurs is negligible.

Yevhen Sozansky, partner of Xtheta Management, an official partner of the Shopify platform, made an overview of international e-commerce and presented the platform’s capabilities for small business development.

Ostap Pavliuk, owner of West Trade Group (medicinal plants) shared his own experience in developing exports to new challenging markets.

Similar events are planned in other regions of Ukraine. Next seminar will be in Chernigiv. Do not miss your chance!

Ukrainian IT companies are ready to conquer the Canadian market

From April 1 to April 5, 12 leading Ukrainian IT companies visit Canada as a part of the ICT business mission. The five-day event includes a series of B2B meetings with Canadian business, seminars and panel discussions. The main goal is to help Ukrainian business to learn more about the Canadian IT sector as well as discuss possible cooperation with Canadian partners.

The following IT companies took part in the mission:

  • Active Audit Agency (cybersecurity services)
  • Taurus Quadra (development & customization)
  • Solution Mentors (development & Oracle database services)
  • Perfectial (SAAS apps & blockchain apps)
  • MindK (web development)
  • MAPGEOSYSTEM (digitalization & 2D-3D modelling)
  • La Soft (web & mobile apps development)
  • ISSP (manager security)
  • Inoxoft (UI/UX design & software development)
  • Edsson (software development outsourcing)
  • Davintoo Ukraina (hosting & implementation of collaborator)
  • Conterra (data continuity & recovery)

In Toronto, Ukrainian delegation visited MaRS Discovery District, Canada’s largest tech, and IT innovation hub. In the period of 2011 to 2014, the startup companies emerging from MaRS had raised over $750 million in capital investments.

The third day of the ICT mission to Canada, Ukrainian IT companies spent in Hamilton, a powerful industrial center. The Ukrainian delegation had the opportunity to visit CoMotion on King (one of the largest coworking networks in Southern Ontario).

The Ukrainian delegation also visited the DMZ accelerator – Ryerson University’s innovative business incubator for early-stage technology startups.

‘Thanks to the support and mentoring of the CUTIS project, we met Canadian companies and e-learning specialists. I am confident that these meetings will grow into a successful international eLearning partnership,’ Miroslav Botsula, Co-founder and CEO of Davintoo Ukraina said.

The ICT mission to Canada is the part of U CAN Export program provided by the CUTIS project.

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) Project is a 5-year (2016-2021) Canadian development assistance initiative designed to lower poverty in Ukraine through increasing exports from Ukraine to Canada and investment from Canada to Ukraine.

The CUTIS project implements U CAN EXPORT Support Program in five priority sectors: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.

Ukraine significantly increased its exports to Canada – infographics

In 2018, Ukraine exported 78.2 million USD in goods to Canada – up by 50 percent in comparison with 2017.

If you compare the figures with 2016, the dynamics would be even more impressive – growth is almost three times.

Imports from Canada to Ukraine are also growing. It has increased from 299.2 to 333.1 million USD.

The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) has a great impact on developing the volume of goods exporting to Canada. The agreement entered into force on August 1, 2017 and opened customs-free access to 98% of Canada’s market for Ukrainian companies. Canada’s situation is more complex. The duties were eliminated only for 72% of Canadian goods. The duties for the rest of 27% will be gradually reduced in compliance with transition periods – 3, 5, and 7 years.

CUTIS project is looking for Ukrainian Export Development Specialist

The CUTIS Kyiv office is seeking candidates to fill a full-time position of Ukrainian Export Development Specialist. The successful candidate will work closely with the Kyiv team, Canadian sectoral experts, Canadian business support institutions, and Ukrainian beneficiaries (GoU, Export Promotion Office, business associations and businesses in CUTIS’ priority sectors) to achieve the Project goals and targets.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Perform data mining activities for information needed;
  • Design, prepare and deliver seminars, business forums, B2B meetings and trade fairs for project participants in Canada and Ukraine including venues, logistics, accommodations and travel;
  • Interview/liaise with Project beneficiaries to collect lessons learned and success stories
  • Assist project participants to identify and benefit from opportunities in the Canadian market;
  • Assist in the development of content for websites and portals;
  • Assist the Project management to monitor, evaluate and track progress of project activities and results.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Degree in business, economics, management, or another relevant degree;
  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience in promoting export from Ukraine to other countries in CUTIS’ priority sectors (confectionery, apparel, footwear, furniture and IT);
  • Proven experience of planning and delivering capacity building programs and events of a professional nature;
  • Excellent interpersonal, team building and presentation skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication in English and Ukrainian;
  • Experience working with international donors in Ukraine.

Qualified candidates should submit applications by April 30, 2019 to kryzhkov@cutisproject.org. Applications must include: a CV (max. 5 pages) and a letter of interest. We thank all applicants; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) is implementing the Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) Project funded by Global Affairs Canada to help increase exports from Ukraine to Canada and investment from Canada to Ukraine.

Ukrainian footwear producers have made a breakthrough in the Canadian market

Six leading Ukrainian footwear producers took part in the Toronto Shoe Show on February 20-22. Overall more than 700 Canadian and European brands participated at the international exhibition.

Ukrainian shoe industry was presented by such well-known trademarks as:

  • Belsta (Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky, one of the largest producers of indoor footwear in Ukraine);
  • Caman (Brovary, stylish men’s and women’s shoes, specialized sports shoes);
  • KaDar (Lutsk, casual men’s shoes);
  • Kredo (Khmelnytskiy, winter shoes on EBA sole);
  • Litma (Khmelnytskiy, rubber footwear);
  • Olteya (Zhytomyr, women’s leather shoes).

Ukrainian producers have already taken part in the Toronto Shoe Show last August.  It has prompted the companies to work more seriously, and with greater dedication and better preparation. They took into account all the recommendations of Canadian expert of the CUTIS project Phil Zwibel and upgraded the models.

‘Five of six Ukrainian producers have already delivered their samples to Canadian buyers, now three deals are almost on a finish line. That’s a wonderful achievement after only 6 months of appearance in Canada. Because in order to succeed in North America you have to modify your products according to the market and customers preferences. I’m glad that Ukrainian producers overcame this way to consumers in such a short time,’ Phil Zwibel said.

Ukrainian companies were presented at Toronto Shoe Show under the export support program “U CAN Export” of the CUTIS project.

‘Free trade with Canada opens up new business opportunities for Ukraine which faces the challenge of diversifying export flows. The example of footwear producers demonstrates that Ukrainian product is a great combination of high quality and reasonable prices,’ Ihor Sanzharovsky, CUTIS Project Director in Ukraine concluded.

The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) entered into force on August 1, 2017, and opened customs-free access to 98% of Canada’s market for Ukrainian companies. Canada’s situation is more complex. The duties were eliminated for 72% of Canadian goods. The customs tariffs for the rest of 27% will be gradually reduced in compliance with transition periods – 3, 5, and 7 years.

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) Project is a 5-year (2016-2021) Canadian development assistance initiative designed to lower poverty in Ukraine through increasing exports from Ukraine to Canada and investment from Canada to Ukraine. The project funded by the Canadian Government through the Global affairs Canada and implemented by the Conference Board of Canada in partnership with the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.

The CUTIS project implements U CAN EXPORT Support Program in five priority sectors: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.