The city of Dnipro, the home of prominent politicians, rockets and the eastern outpost of Ukraine was visited by the Lithuanian business delegation. The purpose of the visit was to participate in the second regional Ukrainian-Lithuanian business forum "Lithuania – Ukraine: experience of the European Union for Dnipropetrovsk region".
The delegation included: Vice-Minister of Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania Katerina Rojaka, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to Ukraine Marius Janukonis, Commercial Attaché of the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Ukraine Sergey Tykhomirovas, President of Vilnius Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts Sigitas Leonavicius, director of the International Energy Cluster Mantas Našlāns and the representatives of 15 Lithuanian companies.
On May 27, a meeting was held with some members of the International Energy Cluster. Within the framework of the meeting, they spoke about promoting cooperation between enterprises, development partnership and economic activity, increase of competitiveness of cluster enterprises.
Then the official delegation visited Dnipro University of Technology, which actively develops the Ukrainian-Lithuanian partnership. The University senior management staff, headed by chancellor Pivnyak Gennadiy socialized with the guests. The delegates visited the open laboratory of mechatronics and robotics at the Interpipe Mechatronic Lab of the Electric Drives Department. The guests saw one of the examples of cooperation between education and business.
On the morning of May 28, the Presidents of the industrial chambers of sister cities of Dnipro and Vilnius signed a memorandum of the continuation of cooperation.
The official opening of the forum was held in Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration. Speakers presented the investment potential of Dnipropetrovsk region for Lithuanian businessmen and the potential of Lithuanian companies. The businessmen were able to take advantage of the opportunity to establish contacts and exchange experience with leading companies that visited our city for purpose.
What products of regional entrepreneurs may interest the European market? How can Lithuanian partners assist with promoting Ukrainian goods on EU markets? These issues became major in the Ukrainian-Lithuanian business forum. The participants also discussed the latest technologies in the realm of energy and education. The leaders of innovative business companies of Lithuania and leading entrepreneurs of Dnipropetrovsk region came to the meeting.
"We are holding an economic forum together with Lithuanian partners for the second time. Dnipropetrovsk region is interested in forming new markets. Regional entrepreneurs have high-quality industrial and agricultural products that can be competitive in the European market. So, we hope Lithuania is support for promoting our goods," first deputy head of Dnipropetrovsk regional state administration Oleg Kuzhman said.
"This forum is a good platform for us to raise business relations with Ukraine, Dnipropetrovsk region in particular, to a qualitatively new level," Katerina Rojaka said. – Our country has a considerable experience in innovation in various fields and is ready to share it with Ukrainian partners».
Head of the International Energy Cluster Mantas Nachlenas presented the latest technology in the field of energy.
"Interested in expanding cooperation. Companies of Dnipropetrovsk region have already joined us, but we are looking for new partners. Hopefully, our innovations will attract entrepreneurs," Mantas Nashlenas said.
Among the innovations presented there is a new generation of batteries for solar power plants. They are much safer and more durable than the present ones. Also, Lithuanian partners can share their experience in building roads in hard-to-reach places.
One of the forum panels is "Smart City". The representatives of "Civitta" company told how to create a "smart city" or "smart business company".
"We can share the knowledge of how to make the best use of the resources of a buildup area or business structure. The main thing is to establish "smart" management. To do this, it is necessary to unite the efforts of the authorities, business and people," Civitta Ukraine project manager Dmitro Lyvch said.
Lithuanian and Ukrainian businessmen, representatives of united territorial communities, scientists and educators of the region joined the forum. There were about 130 participants in total.
After the forum, the Vice-Minister of Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania familiarized with the activities of the Center of Lithuanian Law of Dnipropetrovsk State University of Internal Affairs and participated in the All-Ukrainian Scientific and Practical Conference "Current Achievements of Legal and Economic Processes in the Context of Eurointegration".
Businessmen, students of the Faculty of Economics of Dnipropetrovsk State University of Internal Affairs, students and teachers of the Faculty of Finance and Economics of Dnipro University of Technology, headed by Dean Olga Grybinenko, had the honor of attending the lecture giving by the Vice-Minister on "Transformation of the Lithuanian economy from East to West. Opportunities for Ukraine".
"Work, work, work" and "no EUphory", because the EU is primarily responsible and strict standards for doing business and quality of products and services," the Vice-Minister said.
At the end of the day, the Lithuanian delegation visited the ATO Museum. There delegates saw street exposition "Donbas Ways", as well as documents, photographs, awards, personal belongings of ATO participants, weapons samples, medical instruments and the documentary about military actions in the East of Ukraine.
"Over the past five years, Dnipropetrovsk region has mobilized more than twenty thousand soldiers, and Lithuanian Republic has taken rehabilitation of about 140 wounded ATO fighters only from our region. Visiting the first Museum of Modern War in Ukraine is a mandatory point of city familiarization programme of foreign delegations. That is why the Lithuanian business mission here, it must be seen by everyone, everyone points out that they have got an unforgettable impression that will remain with them through life," Vitaliy Pivnyak said.
As a result of the business forum, investors from Lithuania, representatives of the authorities and entrepreneurs of Dnipropetrovsk region successfully discussed the prospects of international cooperation, as well as opportunities to create favorable conditions for the development of business projects between the business communities of Lithuania and Dnipro, taking into account the experience of European states in the discussed spheres.