A Ukrainian lawmaker has written to Elon Musk, the CEO of U.S. electric car producer Tesla Motors, asking that the tech entrepreneur consider building a Tesla car factory in Ukraine.
The letter, from People’s Front party lawmaker Viktor Romaniuk, comes after Musk announced his company was to make a “significant investment” in expanding its European operations. However, Tesla has neither confirmed the timescale for building its research center in Europe, nor specified a location so far.
Earlier this week the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, approved amendments to the Ukrainian export legislation, which may facilitate the export of services. The new legislation will apply to all exporting companies, including service providers and freelancers from the IT industry.
The new legislation lifts the obligation to sign a paper contract, use a rubber stamp, provide a report of completion and translate documents from English to Ukrainian when delivering services to a client from outside the country.
Since early 2010 the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) has been checking the legality of the work of IT companies. While some cases of large investigation program towards big IT-companies proved to be justified, law-abiding IT businesses have also been targeted. Among the latest examples are Adamant, Lucky Labs, KM Core, and V.O.K.S.
Sadly enough, the guilt of IT-companies has been proven in none of the cases, writes The Libertarian Republic.
Head of Ukraine’s Fiscal Service Roman Nasirov said on Sept. 27 that all the iPhones 7 that are found in Ukraine have been smuggled into the country.
“If you see someone with an iPhone 7, you can tell those people that they are criminals,” Nasirov said at the Cabinet of Ministers’ meeting.
According to him, for the last two weeks, the customs officers have focused on looking particularly for Apple electronics on the border, and especially iPhone 7, their latest smartphone released on Sept. 7.
Last week the European Investment Fund (EIF), a EU-backed organization supporting small and mid-sized businesses across the continent, announced a partnership with Ukraine’s ProCredit Bank to bring financial support to Ukrainian innovative SMBs and mid-caps.
The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has abolished the requirement for Ukrainian residents to obtain a price evaluation act to make cross-border payments for the purchase of services and IP rights from foreign residents in the amount exceeding €50,000. The central bank’s decision took effect on August 19, 2016.
Previously, such price evaluations were delivered by the State Research and Information Centre for Monitoring International Commodity Markets (Derzhzovnishinform).
They’re not robocops from the movies, but 84 graduates of a special four-month cyberpolice course, who on July 17 started serving in Kharkiv at a special police department devoted to online law enforcement and security.
The 84 new cybercops include 20 special IT agents and 64 inspectors who will “ensure the online security of every citizen of Ukraine,” form the “image of the nation’s law enforcement in the international cyber arena,” and “fight cybercrime,” the National Police says.
Meeting with representatives of IT community on July 6, Poroshenko promised his administration would draft legislation to issue special visas for IT specialists to attract more foreign investors and qualified IT professionals to Ukraine’s burgeoning tech sector.
Lithuania’s parliament at the end of June passed a bill on startup visas to attract foreign IT specialists to the Baltic country.
Private equity for national security: US government fund to invest up to $62 million in Ukraine’s modernization
Earlier this month the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, announced support for eight new development projects totaling nearly $1.2 billion in OPIC financing.
Ukraine is among the countries concerned by these private sector-led development projects, along with Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and South America, in a variety of sectors.