August 7, 2020 has become the day when the RECP Centre organized the online event ‘COVID-19 Impact on Ukrainian Manufacturing Companies and Assistance Required to Business Recovery’. The format of the event (PPTs and general discussion) included presentations by keynote speakers according to the agenda and involving all participants to general discussion.
The event began with welcome speeches by distinguished guests Nicolas Gigas, Deputy Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office of the Swiss Embassy in Ukraine, and Branko Dunjić, Chief Technical Advisor to the Project of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. Afterwards, Andrii Vorfolomeiev, the Director of the Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Centre in Ukraine delivered a key report on the survey results. All of them noted that the world has changed because of the coronavirus pandemic and forced humanity to adapt to new living and working conditions.
In their speeches, the invited speakers presenting the Ukrainian government and industries focused on the below given issues:
- Changes in industrial sector after quarantine and consequences of overcoming the corona crisis (speaker Oleksandr Zadorozhnyi, Deputy Director, Head of the Main Industries Directorate at the Directorate of Industrial Policy and Regional Development Promotion at the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine)
- Support programs to enterprises (speaker Andrii Slabinskyi, Director of SME Development Office at the Ministry of economy, trade and agriculture of Ukraine)
- Companies that have successfully adapted to the new working conditions (skeaper Yurii Samets the owner of the SAMBUY clothing brand and the chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Western Ukrainian Fashion Industry Cluster; Olena Ivasenko, director of ALITONI, LLC.)
Both representatives of the the Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project (CUTIS), namely Olga Stepa, the Coordinator and Zoiia Pavlenko, the Ukrainian Environmental Expert briefed participants on changes in export support to Canada during COVID-19 crisis. Evhenii Inshekov, National Training Coordinator and Project Standardization Expert, UNIDO’s Project ‘Implementation of the Energy Management Systems Standard in Ukrainian Industry’, summarized the speeches of the predecessors and familiarized everyone with the ways to attract financing for measures implementation that might help enterprises overcome the crisis and resume work.
In closing remarks, Branko Dunjić thanked the RECPC team for the conducted survey and sharing its outcomes, as well as all participants who showed interest in the stated topic and joined the webinar.
In total, over 100 participants attended the webinar, 58% women vs. 42% men.
For those who for some reason could not join the event in real time and for those who want to get to know more on the topic we offer to follow the YouTube channel of the RECP Centre.
As Andrii Vorfolomeiev mentioned, the information package is available for free download and reading on the RECP Centre’s web, specifically:
- LOCALLY PRODUCED SANITIZERS: WHO-RECOMMENDED HANDRUB FORMULATIONS
- GUIDANCE FOR MICRO, SMALL, AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES BUSINESS RECOVERY in the Wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
- DIGEST COVID-19
- IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON UKRAINIAN MANUFACTURING COMPANIES AND ASSISTANCE REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS RECOVERY
The information event was carried out within the framework of UNIDO Project “Promoting the Adaptation and Adoption of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) through the Establishment and Operation of a Cleaner Production Centre (CPC) in Ukraine” supported by Switzerland and Austria.