News Tag: CUTIS
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!

Export to Canada: new training seminar for SMEs was held in Mariupol

The CUTIS project (Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project) in cooperation with chambers of commerce and industry has launched a series of training pilots for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Ukraine’s regions. The main goal is to present the new opportunities opened by the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine (CUFTA) and train SMEs to successfully export to Canada.

A pilot training “Practical aspects of export to Canada” was held on February 27 in Mariupol. The event was organized by the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the CUTIS project.

The training in Mariupol brought together approximately 30 entrepreneurs from a wide range of sectors such as agriculture and consumer products, clothing and footwear industry, handicraft, jewelry and souvenirs, machine engineering, etc.

During this training seminar, the following issues were discussed: the CUFTA opportunities and benefits for Ukrainian businesses, development of an export strategy, searching for partners in Canada, tariff and non-tariff regulation of export to Canada, export of organic products, use of e-commerce tools and market places for export of goods, post logistics, public procurement, etc.

Speakers:

  • Kostyantyn Ryzhkov, Project Manager, CUTIS
  • Zoya Pavlenko, environmental expert, CUTIS
  • Tamila Dmitrichenko, expert of the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CUTIS-trained trainer
  • Jana Tsuber, expert of the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CUTIS-trained trainer
  • Tetyana Merkulova, Head of the Educational and Methodological Department of “International Institute of Entrepreneurship”, certified trainer on public procurement
  • Viktoriya Mikhailova, Manager for Coordination of Development of International Products` Projects at “Ukrposhta”
  • Yevgen Sozansky, partner of Xtheta Management, official partner of Shopify

Please find more news and details of the following events on the Facebook page of the CUTIS project (https://www.facebook.com/CUTISproject/).

Export training seminar for small business was held in Odesa

The CUTIS project (Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project) in cooperation with chambers of commerce and industry has launched a series of training pilots for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Ukraine’s regions. The main goal is to present the new opportunities opened by the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine (CUFTA) and train SMEs to successfully export to Canada.

A pilot training “Practical aspects of export to Canada” was held on February 21 in Odesa. The event was organized by the Odesa Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Business education center of Odesa Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the CUTIS project.

The training in Odesa brought together more than 50 entrepreneurs from a wide range of sectors such as agriculture and consumer products, alcohol and non-alcohol beverages, clothing and footwear industry, handicraft and jewelry, engineering technology and shipping industry, etc.

During this training seminar, the following issues were discussed: the CUFTA opportunities and benefits for Ukrainian businesses, development of an export strategy, searching for partners in Canada, tariff and non-tariff regulation of export to Canada, use of e-commerce tools and market places for export of goods, etc.

Speakers:

  • Kostyantyn Ryzhkov, Project Manager, CUTIS
  • Olga Kopylova, head of a business support center of the Odesa Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Yulia Pavlenko, Director of the Department of International Operations “Ukrposhta”, founder of the E-Export School project
  • Yevgen Sozansky, partner of Xtheta Management, official partner of Shopify
  • Dmytro Shvets, a lecturer at the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, CEO of the consulting company Start Global

Please find more news and details of the following events on the Facebook page of the CUTIS project (https://www.facebook.com/CUTISproject/).

Ukraine has doubled the export of agricultural products to Canada – Olga Trofimtseva

The prospects of trade development and cooperation between Canada and Ukraine were discussed during a meeting between the representatives of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine and Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Roman Waschuk.

Ukraine has increased the export of agricultural products to Canada almost twice. According to the acting Minister of Agrarian Policy Olga Trofimtseva, Ukraine exported agricultural products to Canada in 2018 in the amount of $ 9.9 million, while in 2016 it was only $ 4.9 million.

Import of agrarian products and food from Canada was estimated at $ 49.9 million in 2018. “Again, as I often point out, these figures are too small and do not reflect the opportunities of bilateral trade in agribusiness among our countries. Therefore, the main directions of work for us in the near future are increasing trade volumes and diversification, “Olga Trofimtseva said.

Ukrainian producers have substantially expanded the export of agrarian products in certain areas, in particular:

  • juices – $ 5.7 million (↑ 140%)
  • chocolate – $ 330 thousand (↑ 40%)
  • sugar confectionery – $ 160 thousand (↑ 32%)
  • water with sugar – $ 260 thousand (↑ 50%)

According to Olga Trofimtseva, in 2018, thanks to the Canada-Ukraine free trade agreement (CUFTA) Ukraine started to export to Canada such products as:

  • corn
  • dried fish
  • frozen fruits and vegetables
  • dried vegetables
  • some oilseeds.

“My position is that trade is only part of bilateral cooperation in the agricultural sector. Therefore, the important issues in cooperation between Ukraine and Canada will be projects in the field of education and research, including such areas as bioeconomy and green economy, as well as cooperation in the field of agrotechnologies, “- Olga Trofimtseva said.

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 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.

Export to Canada: new training seminar for SMEs was held in Kropyvnytskyi

The CUTIS project (Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project) in cooperation with chambers of commerce and industry has launched a series of training seminars for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in regions.

The main goal is to present the new opportunities opened by the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine (CUFTA) for SMEs.

A training session “How to export to Canada” was held on February 6 in Kropyvnytskyi. The event was organized by the Kirovograd Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the CUTIS project.

Training seminar in Kropyvnytskyi brought together approximately 30 entrepreneurs from a wide range of sectors – agriculture and consumer products, agricultural machinery, clothing and footwear industry, handmade etc.

During the program, the following issues were discussed: development of the export strategy, searching for partners in the Canadian market, tariff and non-tariff regulation of export supplies to Canada, logistics, development of marketing strategy, use of e-commerce tools, government procurement etc.

Speakers:

  • Nadiya Pshenychna, a leading specialist of the Department of International Affairs of the Kirovograd Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Viktoriya Mikhailova, projects development manager of “Ukrposhta”
  • Tetyana Kotenko, Head of the NCP “Horizon 2020”
  • Yevgen Sozansky, partner of Xtheta Management, official partner of Shopify

Please find more details of the following events on the Facebook page of the CUTIS project (https://www.facebook.com/CUTISproject/). Do not miss a training session in your city! The next city is Odesa (February 21, https://www.facebook.com/events/374465973111381/) and Mariupol (February 27, https://www.facebook.com/events/220735485547806/).