1) A recent announcement that the EBRD wants to double its new investment in Ukraine this year to $1 billion
, Marina Petrov, a deputy head of the EBRD's Ukraine office, tells the European Business Association. She said more lending depends on the the future, and that Zelesnskiy continues to work with the IMF reform program. "We hope that, first of all, the work on the IMF program will continue," she said. "We already see investors ready to come to the economy. 2) Strong foreign investor interest in hryvnia bonds
, there is no immediate need for a Eurobond sale, Markarova said. Separately, the central bank improved its forecast on the level of Ukraine's year end international reserves by 3%, to $21.2 billion. 3) Inflation will end this year at 6.3%.
Last year's inflation rate was 9.8%. In March, the year on year rate was 8.6%. Asked about the impact of Russia's June 1st restrictions on exports to Ukraine, Smoliy told reporters: "I do not see that this can significantly affect prices in the current year." 4) Venture investments in Ukrainian IT startups increased by 30% last year y-o-y, to $337 million
, reports a study by Deloitte and the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association. Similarly, the number of deals increased by 29%, to 115. The average investment increased by 12%, to $918,000. Mergers and acquisitions appeared for the first time, with seven deals registered for a total of $25 million. With the collapse of the bit coin boom, the number of ICOs fell from 19 to four. For the smallest of startups, crowdfunding platforms remained popular, with seven campaigns raising a total of $1.4 million.