17 Jul 2015, 13:45
Royal United Services Institute, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
Free and open to all but booking is required. Please, follow the link
The Ukrainian government has talked publicly about the importance of reform, as well as the difficulties it has encountered in implementing the reform agenda. Despite proactive actions taken by the government to improve the country’s business and investment environment, companies operating in or seeking to invest in Ukraine continue to face considerable challenges.
Sponsored by KPMG, Bryan Cave and International Renaissance Foundation, this event will provide a unique forum for private companies, non-governmental organisations and government agencies to bring together their perspectives on the macro political environment with on-the-ground challenges for foreign investors in Ukraine.
First, international companies with operations in Ukraine will contribute insights from on-the-ground and suggest specific reform priorities for improving the investment climate. These observations and suggestions will be collated and will feed specific insights and suggestions into subsequent public discussions on the wider political, economic and regulatory environment, featuring participants from government, business, law and academia.
There will be a networking lunch and a drinks reception in the evening for all participants.
For more information about this event, please contact Hannah Croft, at HannahC@rusi.org.
Event manager: Hannah Croft, 02077472619
12.30 Registration and Lunch
13.30 Introduction and Welcome Remarks
Speaker: Professor Michael CClarke, Director General, RUSI
13.45 Keynote Speech
Chair: Professor Michael Clarke, Director General, RUSI
Speaker: Dimitri Gvindadze, Lead Regional Economist for East Europe and thee Caucasus, EBRD
14.30 The Nexus between Political Corruption and Business
This panel will evaluate the impact of political corruption at both the national and local level in Ukraine on the country’s investment climate. Key areas for discussion will include public procurement, particularly in the medical and energy sectors. The panel will seek to assess the extent to which proposed reforms will be effective in addressing existing problems and will offer potential measures for effective implementation, drawing on successful reform programmes in other countries.
Chair: Raffaello Pantucci, Director, International Security Studies, RUSI
Olliver Bullough, Freelance Journalist and Author
Daria Kaleniuk, Executive Director, Anticorruption Action Center
Dr Marta Jaroszewicz, Senior Fellow, The Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW)
Audrey Byrne, Partner, McCann FitzGerald
16.00 Afternoon Tea
16.30 Anti-Corruption Reform in Ukraine and What It Means for Business
This panel will focus on the impact that Ukraine’s reform programme will have on improving the country’s investment climate. This session will delve deeper into the challenges of doing business in light of corruption, and whether the reforms introduced by the Ukrainian government have been sufficient to begin addressing these challenges. The panel will also address the potential pitfalls of reform if the measures are not implemented sufficiently. A key aim is to suggest ways in which reform can help change attitudes that promote corruption in business transactions.
Chair: Sarah Lain, Research Fellow, RUSI
Olivia Allison, Director, Risk Consulting and High Growth Markets, KPMG
Jonathan Young, CEO, Gryphon Holdings Plc
Algirdas Šemeta, Business Ombudsman for Ukraine
Irina Tymczyszyn, Partner, Bryan Cave LLP
18.00 Drinks Reception