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An annual business event ‘East Expo 2019’, will be held on 8-9 November 2019 in the heart of Kyiv – Ukrainian House on Khreschatyk Street, 2. The core of the event is a business exhibition which this year will feature products and services from some of 200 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from eastern Ukraine. ‘East Expo 2019’ is being implemented by the UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme with the financial support from the European Union, governments of Poland and Japan. The project’s partners are Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia Oblast State Administrations, Donetsk Regional Chamber of Commerce and Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Additional activities during the event will include business networking, negotiating opportunities, high-level panel discussions, presentations and learning events focused on entrepreneurship, export opportunities and inter-regional economic cooperation.

The event is designed to strengthen the links between businesses from Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts with the rest of Ukraine, EU and other countries, creating new connections, partnerships and cooperation. Additionally, the event will promote entrepreneurship among the conflict-affected people in eastern Ukraine encouraging more people to open private businesses, create new jobs and help their communities to develop.

It is expected that over 3,000 visitors will visit a business expo to learn about business success stories, innovative technologies, business infrastructure development and opportunities for market expansion in the food processing, textile, ceramics, hospitality, dairy and beef, eggs and poultry, grains and oilseeds and other industries from the region.

The ‘East Expo 2019’ will become an open platform for the leading business experts and representatives from international organizations to share information about the ongoing programmes, services and resources for the entrepreneurs from eastern Ukraine.

Over 2017-2018, the ‘East Expo’ was held in Kramatorsk, Severodonetsk, Kyiv and Lviv. The exhibition was attended by more than 6,500 people, with 190 local manufacturers companies presenting their products. Seventy percent of the participants established new business contacts with partners due to the event. And 110 students from local universities, who took part in this event as volunteers, gained new knowledge and practical skills that will be useful in planning their future careers. The event has already proved that even if eastern Ukraine is affected by the conflict, it is still a region of admirable resilience, talent and innovation.

Companies willing to participate with the exhibitions should register online: http://bit.ly/3391z4D

Background:

The UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme is being implemented by four United Nations agencies: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The Programme is supported by eleven international partners: the European Union, the European Investment Bank and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Great Britain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Media inquiries: Yuliia Samus, UNDP Communications Specialist, yuliia.samus@undp.org, +38 097 139 14 75

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