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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.

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!

Two Ukrainian condos designed by Sergey Makhno Architects will be exhibited at the largest Canadian furniture show

On May 25-27 the largest Canadian furniture exhibition Canadian Furniture Show will be held in Toronto. This year as a part of the event two condominiums designed by the world-renowned Sergey Makhno Architects studio using only furniture from selected Ukrainian manufacturers will be exhibited.

According to Sergey Makhno Architects, condominiums will be executed in the style of “weighted eclecticism”.

“Here every object has its own character and its history. But at the same time – the space is holistic and harmonious. This is what we tried to achieve – each chair to remain in the leading role and not to “conflict” with the neighbor. The space to be cozy and inviting to stay”- said the founder of the design studio Sergey Makhno.

The Ukrainian stand will include the furniture of Ukrainian companies: Cube44 (living room and office furniture), ADK (living room and bedroom furniture), Aqua Rodos (bathroom furniture), Merx (kitchen, living room and bedroom furniture), Instyle (kitchen furniture), Stalkon (office furniture), Blest (living room and bedroom furniture), Snite (children’s furniture). Also outside the main booth furniture of  Kulik System (office furniture) and Renaissance (children’s furniture) companies will be exhibited.

Ukrainian producers will enter the Canadian market under the joint Meblica brand.

Participants of the mission were selected by Canadian experts according to the preferences of North American consumers and the potential of the companies to enter the Canadian market.

The mission of Ukrainian furniture producers to Canada is the part of the U CAN Export support program initiated by the Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment support project and Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce with the assistance of the Government of Canada.

“Furniture is one of the priority sectors of Ukrainian exports to Canada. After Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement entered into force import duties for Ukrainian furniture were canceled and the export process was significantly simplified. This gives Ukrainian producers a significant competitive advantage on the Canadian market, “- CUTIS project statement goes.

According to the experts, Ukrainian participants of the Canadian Furniture Show will demonstrate the high quality of Ukrainian furniture to Canadian partners and to establish initial contacts with importers of overseas.

Training course on exports to Canada launched in Ukraine

The educational programs of Ukrainian chambers of commerce and business schools will include a training course on exports to Canada for small and medium-sized enterprises.

The respective memorandum was signed today by the Canadian-Ukrainian Trade and Investment Support Project (CUTIS), the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce and representatives of Ukrainian educational and business institutions on April 24 in Kyiv.

In particular, the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, Lviv Business School of UCU, Chernihiv, Kherson, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Vinnytsia, Kirovograd, Dnipropetrovsk, Odesa, Ivano-Frankivsk, Volyn, Khmelnytskyi chambers of commerce and industry, the Council of the Young Scientists from Sumy joined the project.

The project involves training of export trainers on the basis of the participating institutions and providing them with the materials of the curriculum “How to Export to Canada” developed by the CUTIS project experts.

The curriculum will cover all aspects of exporting goods and services to Canada, in particular, the search for partners, negotiations, logistics, regulatory features, customs clearance, etc.

The program will also include sectoral modules on exporting five priority groups of goods and services – clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery and IT services.

Pilot courses of the project to start in late 2018. The quality control and sustainability of the project will be ensured by the Canadian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce.

The Ukrainian negotiators learned about the best practices of international trade in services

In April 2018, CUTIS project initiated a series of events devoted to international trade in services negotiations for Ukrainian government officials.

On April 12 and 13, representatives of Ukrainian ministries, chambers of commerce and other organizations involved in international negotiations took part in the basic trade in services training session.

Canadian experts told Ukrainian reformers about the basics of trade in services and the peculiarities of the trade negotiations within the World Trade Organization.

Particular attention was also paid to the Ukrainian and Canadian commitments in the WTO. This is especially important, as within a few years it will be possible to review the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, which currently covers only trade in goods.

The participants also reviewed the Canadian strategy of conducting international trade in services negotiations and familiarized themselves with Ukrainian cases of economic diplomacy.

On April 16 and 17, with the support of UNCTAD experts representatives of Ukrainian state institutions participated in the simulation of the trade in services negotiation process on the international arena. The participants of the training were able to personally plunge into the negotiation process and felt how strategic one needed to act on international markets.

Infographic: Roadmap for registering a trademark in Canada

One of the common queries of Ukrainian exporters to Canada is the registration of a trademark in Canada.

To help the Ukrainian business to get acquainted with this process, CUTIS project advises checking out of a trademark registration roadmap by Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).

Click on an image below to download full-size size image.  For more information on intellectual property rights and their registration in Canada, visit CIPO website.

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Entrepreneurs in Khmelnytsky and Ivano-Frankivsk discussed opportunities for entering the international markets

On March 27 and April 2 in Khmelnytsky and Ivano-Frankivsk events from the series of world business-cafes “Women Entrepreneurship: Access to Foreign Markets” initiated by the Export Promotion Office under the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade took place.

Meetings for women in business were held at the local Chambers of Commerce and Industry with the assistance of the Canadian-Ukrainian Trade and Investment Promotion Project (CUTIS).

Within the business cafe, women entrepreneurs listened to an informational lecture on the opportunities created by the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, and also had a “brainstorming” session covering the following questions:

  • What are the barriers preventing their businesses from exporting?
  • What export support services are needed to overcome these obstacles?
  • What is the best way to provide export support services?
  • Who can provide these services?

As a result of the discussion, the participants formulated practical tips that could help businesses increase their chances of entering international markets, and also exchange their observations and experiences on overcoming the existing barriers for women entrepreneurs.

Follow the announcements for the future events here.

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