Ukraine Business Journal editor James Brooke recently joined USUF’s Adrian Karmazyn on a visit to Vinnytsia, an important agricultural and industrial center, located a couple of hours southwest of Kyiv by train. Two delegations of area officials and entrepreneurs—representing the city and the oblast—came to Washington, DC in the spring of 2017 to promote business and trade opportunities in their region and invited USUF and others to visit Vinnytsia.

Vitaliy Haitian, a liaison for Vinnytsia’s department of international cooperation, provided a tour of some of the city’s historic neighborhoods and sites, including centuries old monasteries and churches.  The main events of the day were an interview with Vinnytsia oblast television and a meeting with about a dozen members of the Vinnytsia Business Club, during which Adrian Karmazyn informed the group about USUF’s new Biotechnology Initiative.  As part of the discussion, James Brooke promoted the idea of publishing a UBJ special supplement about business opportunities in Vinnytsia.  The English-language booklet is expected to be released in the near future.

A few days before the meeting, a huge ammunition depot in the nearby village of Kalynivka blew up in a spectacular explosion.  But James Brooke was so impressed by the business dynamics in Vinnytsia that he subsequently published a story titled Vinnytsia’s Real Fireworks are Economic.

Photo: L to R – Viacheslav Kalinichenko (Director, Vinnytsia Business Club) presents James Brooke (Ukraine Business Journal) and USUF’s Adrian Karmazyn with a sample of Vinnytsia’s popular sunflower oil. 

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