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Fundamental Shifts in the Geoeconomic System of the World

On December 20-21, 2022, the Institute of Economics and Forecasting of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, together with the Italian Institute of the Future (Naples), held the International Scientific and Practical Conference "Fundamental Shifts in the Geoeconomic System of the World".

Roberto Paura

The conference participants were greeted by the director of both academic institutions – Prof. Valeriy Heyets  and Dr. Roberto Paura.

Prof. Valeriy Heyets, Institute for Economics and Forecasting, Director

Dear friends and colleagues!

It is great pleasure for me to welcome all of you and pay a gratitude for the support that you personally, your nations and your governments provide to Ukraine in these difficult times. Despite the continuation of Russia's full-scale aggression against Ukraine, we believe in Our Common Victory.

Every year, our Institute holds a traditional International Conference on the Geoeconomic Processes in the World Economy. This year, it is being held by the Institute of Economics and Forecasting together with the Italian Institute for the Future and our other partners in the International Analytical Consortium on Ukraine's Post-War Economic Recovery.

The aim of this year's Conference is focused on assessing the current state of the Global Economy in order to look beyond the time horizon and understand the essence of the Geoeconomic and Geopolitical changes of the Epochs (Zeitenwender). Ukraine will be able to take a new, prominent place in the new Post-War structure of the Global Economy and Politics.

That is why the opinion and views of international experts from different countries, even different parts of the world - from New Zealand, Australia to Asia, Africa, Europe and America - who agreed to participate in our conference - are important to us.

The scale of the Conference leads to a serious conversation, the conclusions of which, without a doubt, will play a significant role in the preparation of the Program for the Post-War Economic Recovery of Ukraine.

I hope that the Conference will provide an opportunity to better understanding of the direction which the Global Economy is moving in. What is important for all of us.

Once again, I welcome all participants and thank you for your support.                                      

Ye. Bublik and
O. Borzenko

The International  Finance Research Sector  (the direct organizer from the IEP) presented two poster reports - "War in Ukraine, climate change and viral infections: impact on geoeconomic shifts in the global world" (Head of the Sector, Prof. O. Borzenko) and "Geoeconomic the structure of the Global Market: Post-War Transformation" (Prof. O. Sharov).  

Prince Michael von Lichtenstein

Other key presentations were made: on the first day – by J.-M. Alonso-Trabanco (New Zealand) and M. Makhmutova (Kazakhstan): and on the second day – by Prince Michael von Lichtenstein and A. Cozzolino (Italy).  

A. Cozzolino

Report were active debated by other experts, including V. Paton (Canada), B. Le Blanc (Netherlands), H. Carrillo-Pina (Mexico), L. Chagelishvili ( Georgia) as well as domestic diplomats (G. Nadolenko, V. Khomanets) and academicians ( Professors A. Hrytsenko, V. Plotnikov, I. Pilyaev, Ye. Bublik, etc.).

The First Deputy Director of the Institute, Prof. A. Hrytsenko, summarized the results of the conference. He highly appreciated the level of Reports and speeches and paid a gratitude  to all the participants. At the same time, Prof. A. Hrytsenko  noted that research in the field of International Economics is held back by the lack of a specialized academic  institution in the system of the National Academy of Science  of Ukraine and made a proposal to recommend turning the Sector of Financial Research into a Department of international economics with subsequent revival on the basis of the department separate entity - the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the NAS of Ukraine .

    The matter  of the conference are going to be published in the form of a conference paper  and  articles in the academic journals  of the Institute. 


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International support for the project of Post-War Economic Recovery of Ukraine

Address of the Director of the Institute for Economics and Forecasting,  Academician Valeriy Heyets to foreign colleagues with the invitation to a broad cooperation continues to attract the attention of potential partners. After a positive decision of the Italian futurologists to join the Institute in carrying out joint forecast research, including the preparation of the Program on the Post-war Economic Recovery of Ukraine (See: http://ief.org.ua/?p=12208&lang=en), representatives of national and international business circles have shown their intention to support the project. In particular, senior management of the Green Jobs and Sustainable Development International Centre (GJASD International, Switzerland; see at: https://www.gjasd.org), representing the Institute, has approached the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services (Chambre de commerce, d'industrie et des services de Genève; CCIG; see at: https://www.ccig.ch) with a proposal to support the Institute in its work, whose Director-General, Mr.Vincent Subilia, expressed his interest in such cooperation and proposed to have in July a special meeting with the senior management of GJASD International discuss venues of CCIG’s participation in the light of decisions of the international Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC 2022) to be held on 4-5 July in Lugano, Switzerland (see at: (https://interfax.com.ua/news/general/834202.html).

Mr.Vincent Subilia,
Director-General of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services
HSH Prince Michael
von und zu Liechtenstein

Given high authority of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services (co-organizer of the World Forum of Chambers of Commerce to be held next year), such support can play a major role in ensuring solidarity of the international business in Ukraine's postwar economic recovery. Such support is especially important given the initiative of the President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis to organize the above mentioned international Ukraine Recovery Conference on July 4-5, 2022 in Lugano (Switzerland).

The need to take advantage of this circumstance was also highlighted during a business meeting with the founding President of the Liechtenstein GIS geopolitical analytical center, HSH Prince Michael von und zu Liechtenstein, who personally constantly provides analytical comments on the situation in Ukraine (GIS Reports; (see at: gisreportsonline.com).

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Ukrainian and Italian institutes will cooperate for studying and solving the problems of the future

Before signing a Memorandum in Naples

On May 11, 2022, the Memorandum of Understanding regarding Cooperation between the Institute of Economics and Forecasting of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the Italian Institute of the Future (Naples) was signed. The ceremony took place in parallel in Kyiv and Naples in the Zoom - conference mode. However, in Naples, the Ukrainian side was also represented by a small delegation, which included representatives of the Ukrainian consulate, the Institute of Economics and Forecasting, and a volunteer organization that provides assistance to Ukrainian refugees.

Before signing a Memorandum in Kyiv

At the beginning of the ceremony the Heads of both Institutes - prof. Roberto Paura and prof. V. Heyets.    Speaking on, both of them expressed confidence in the common victory in the ongoing war in Ukraine and stressed the importance of timely preparations for the postwar recovery of Ukraine, given its new place in the Future World system.

   The Memorandum provides for a wide range of activities, which both researching organizations can work closely together in. For instance, it is consistent with issue of preparation of joint research of political and economic consequences of war against Ukraine (both for Ukraine, and for the European Union and the World as a whole). Such a study can become an integral part of the overall project of economic recovery of Ukraine.

The signatories are welcomed by Maxim Kovalenko

The Consul General of Ukraine in Naples M. Kovalenko spoke in his speech about the available business Ukrainian-Italian relations, including in the field of education and science and confirmed the full support of their development by Ukrainian diplomats. The speech emphasized the meaning of such partnerships to promote Ukraine's European integration aspirations. Separately, M. Kovalenko emphasized that the real treasure of Ukraine is its people, who looks confident in his and pan -European bright future. The Consul General also pointed to specific areas of cooperation that can always find the necessary diplomatic support.

Oleksandr Sharov and Roberto Paura with a signed Memorandum

   The parties has signed separate copies of the Memorandum (which subsequently entered into force), with the hope of exchanging these documents in a personal meeting in a peaceful future. Parties made decision to appoint  the Deputy Head of the IIM for International Cooperation V. Torre (Vincenzo Torre) and the Deputy Director of the IEP Prof. S. Korablin as Coordinators of the joint activities.

Valery Heyets has just signed a Memorandum

The Journal of European Economy (Ternopil) is also a full participant in the cooperation. Articles by researchers from the Institute of Economics and Forecasting are frequently published in the Journal and they are also members of the Editorial Board. Taking into consideration mentioned above the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal prof. E. Saveliev has announced the inclusion in the Editorial Board of the Italian researcher, Head of the Center for European Studies of the Italian Institute of the Future Dr Adriano Cozzolino.

Roberto Paura, Daniela Porpiglia (Vice President and co-founder IIF), Adriano Cozzolino

   Dr A. Kozolino also has expressed confidence that such close cooperation between the three institutions will significantly increase the level of acquaintance of the academic communities of our countries in each other's researching.

I. Sheshnyova

   The representative of volunteers, manager of intercultural communication I. Sheshnyova in her short speech has stressed that Ukrainian and Italian volunteers today make every effort not only to receive and accommodate Ukrainian refugees, but also to promote bilateral ties, which are designed for positive results in the future. 

   After that, there was an exchange of views on specific areas of cooperation, which was attended by employees of both research institutions.

   In their closing remarks, the coordinators of the ceremony - V. Torre and O. Sharov - thanked all those present for their close cooperation and expressed hope that in the near future the framework conditions of the Memorandum will be filled with concrete actions.

Information on the website of Italian Institute of the Future (Naples)

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The scientists of the Institute met with African colleagues and discussed ways of cooperation

On February 15, 2022, by the initiative of the International Financial Research Sector of the Institute for economics and forecasting, NAS of Ukraine, it has took the first meeting between the well-known non-profit organization of African countries AWAN Afrika and leading financial and agribusiness experts of the Institute, politicians and university professors.

The Zoom-conference was moderated by Doctor of Economics, Head of the International Financial Research Sector Professor Olena Borzenko. In Opening remarks Prof. Olena Borzenko acquainted with the profile of our Institute, with the leading areas of research.

Dr. Beatrice Gakuba, Director of the AWAN Afrika, said that this organization is the network that comprises of individual members’ businesses including producers, processors, aggregators, export companies and input suppliers among others across the continent and globally. The organization provides women-owned and youth-owned agribusinesses with an E-Hub, which is a repository of information on agriculture along value chains and supply chains. AWAN Afrika Under 30 champions are the youth of either gender engaged in agribusiness.

Her Presentation "Business Aspects of the Financial System of Sustainable Development" outlined such main needs as:

  1. Challenges supporting the livelihoods of suppliers and sub-suppliers due to decreases in demand and challenges in accessing markets.
  2. Concern for resilience amongst farm producers to be able to use/repurpose/diversify their production so that they can survive periods of reduced demand.
  3. Challenges in diversifying supply chains -and bringing in new workers/suppliers- rapidly and ethically.

4. Challenges to meeting commitments to suppliers and workers through swift payment mechanisms

5. Safety of workers, particularly those in factory and farm settings where social distancing may prove challenging.

6. Gender- COVID-19 may have a disproportionately negative impact on female workers, particularly in the garment sector.

7. Human rights violations (including modern slavery) that may occur with increased cost pressures, increased vulnerability of poor households and limited oversight of recruitment and work practices in suppliers and sub-suppliers. 

8. Increased vulnerability of migrant workers who may be reliant on a particular supply chain and have limited protections and recourse in host countries. /post.php?post=11428&action=edit&lang=en

Prof. Olena Borodina, Head of the Department of Economics and Policy of Agrarian Transformation, has presented the work of the Department and the main areas of research, outlined current global trends in agricultural policy and their impact on agriculture in the World (specifically, Ukraine and Africa).

Chief Research Fellow, Dr. Viktor Yarovy has presented information on the implementation of scientific achievements of the Department, cooperation with international non-governmental and non-governmental organizations, establishment of an informal Knowledge Transfer System in Ukraine based on joint efforts of the National Academy of Science and non-governmental peasants’ and farmers’ organizations. He also has mentioned the role of these organisations in adoption the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas (2018).

Researcher Oleksiy Frayer has presented the Department's research results as for the Land Reform in Ukraine, reflected trends in different approaches to land transformation - from egalitarian land reform to free land market. Besides, he has used experience of the People's Republic of China, the Global  South and Ukraine to indicate successes and failures in the implementation of these approaches.

Ambassador The Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Tunisia, Dr. Volodymyr Khomanets has stressed that the importance of the African Continent for the World's leading countries is determined by both their political and economic interests. And while Africa is still not fully integrated into the global economy today and its share of world trade is a few percent, it still has a great future. When it comes to its economic potential, special is made of significant African natural resources and a variety of raw materials. But the biggest capital is people, because the economy cannot develop on its own, it is they who develop it. According to the World Bank and the IMF, in the 21st century, Africa will become the most dynamic region in the world, on which will largely depend the nature and rate of economic growth of developed countries, their supply of raw materials, energy resources and human capital.

It is noteworthy that civilized competition in Africa of the world's leading countries is a completely natural and to some extent desirable for African countries, as it gives them the opportunity to choose the best and most acceptable conditions for cooperation. Therefore, the vast majority of those countries do not want to be “pro-American”, “proChinese” or “pro-Russian”. African countries are increasingly seeking to be pro-African and to defend their own national interests. On the other hand, African countries' traditional balancing between their foreign partners helps them to feel greater freedom of action and non-involvement in complex negotiations in order to achieve the most favorable conditions for trade and other cooperation agreements.

He supported the theses expressed in the report of Doc. Mr Gakuba emphasized the opportunities for multilateral cooperation in connection with the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area. In fact, Ukrainian entrepreneurs are already using some of these opportunities, and today's meeting simply creates additional opportunities for both sides. Of course, this also applies to cooperation in the field of agribusiness. Ukraine has very good and relatively cheap agricultural processing technologies that can be used by our African partners. The Ambassador confirmed that our diplomats are aware of the existence of the AWANAfrika branch in Tunisia and welcomed the proposals for future cooperation.

Prof. O. Sharov (Chief researcher in International Finance) with reference to his experience as an economic diplomat in Southern Africa, confirmed the existence of many common points of interest for Ukraine and the countries of the Continent. In this regard, he reminded that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has declared this year as the "Year of Africa", providing cooperation in this area as a priority for both the central office of the Ministry and its Missions abroad. On his own, prof. O.Sharov said that cooperation with African countries has a great importance for Ukraine not only in bilateral relations, but also in view of our European integration priorities, as there are many opportunities in Africa to implement joint projects with our European partners.

Furthemore prof. O.Sharov focused on the problems of the Financial System for Sustainable Development, which was discussed in the presentation by Dr. B. Gakuba. The issue of creating the so-called The Sustainable Financial System is being analyzed by experts of the Sector for International Financial Research (Institute for Economics and Forecasting) and appropriate recommendation will soon be sent to the National Bank of Ukraine and other government agencies. Undoubtedly, the experience of our African partners will also be used in the preparation of these Working Paper, as it creates the basis for our further cooperation.

There is also a lot of room for cooperation in the agricultural sector (meaning not only the cultivation of food products, but also their processing). And in this matter there are opportunities for cooperation not only at the central but also at the regional level.

Dr. Igor Lishchinsky (Professor of the Western Ukrainian University, Ternopil) has said that students from more than 20 African countries have study at the University and in their Working Papers they usually develop issues of Ukrainian-African cooperation in various sectors of the economy. To a large extent, this applies to the agricultural sector, which is leading in the economy of Ternopil region. Thus, there is an opportunity for further cooperation not only in the field of research, but also in the implementation of specific business projects.

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New horizons of cooperation

The development of international scientific and technical cooperation, in particular the search fornew partners, is now an integral part of activities of research institutions in Ukraine. The State Organization “Institute of Economics and Forecasting of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine” also pays considerableattention to this issue. Thus, on September 19, 2018, the Institute hosted a delegation from the Jiangxi Academy of Sciences (People's Republic of China) headed by its President Xiong Shaoyuan. The Institute was represented by the Deputy Director of the Institute Andrii Hrytsenko, the Deputy Director Sergii Korablin, scientific secretary Vladimir Khaustov, the Head of the sector of forecasting of fuel and energy complex Roman Podolets, the Senior Researchers Olena Stepanova and Vitalii Gryga. The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss areas and further S&T cooperation between Jiangxi Academy of Sciences and Institute for Economics and Forecasting NAS of Ukraine.fin_IMG_0643 The Deputy Director of the Institute Andrii Hrytsenko opened the meeting and introduced the Institute to Chinese colleagues. The President of the Jiangxi Academy of Sciences Xiong Shaoyuan and the Director of the Institute of Science and Technology Strategy Zou Hui presented Jiangxi Academy of Sciences and praised the existing experience of cooperation with the Institutes and researchers of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and in particular - the work of the Senior Researher Vitalii Gryga at the Institute of Science and Technology Strategy as a high-end expert in March 2018. Also Zou Hui proposed a number of thematic directions for deepening of cooperation between the Institutes, namely research in the field of S&T strategies, industrial development analysis, etc. The Deputy Director Sergii Korablin paid attention on the relevance of the study of Chinese experience and outlined the relevant areas, including the experience of China's industrial policy and its provinces, the financing of technological modernization of enterprises and the study of development institutes, etc. Senior Researcher Vitalii Gryga shared his experience of working at the Institute of Science and Technology Strategy, where he prepared and presented analytical materials on technological foresight and on peculiarities of the establishment of successful industrial and technological parks. During the meeting, possible forms of cooperation such as programs of admission of foreign specialists in Jiangxi province, joint research projects, including international, as well as participation and organization of joint events, conferences and seminars, were discussed by participants. final_IMG_0634In conclusion, the deputy director of the Institute Andrii Hrytsenko thanked his Chinese colleagues and expressed his hope for deepening cooperation and realization of joint projects. The President of theJiangxi Academy of Sciences Xiong Shaoyuan, thanked the Institute for the hospitality and invited Ukrainian colleagues to visit Jiangxi Province. According to the results of the meeting, a bilateral cooperation agreement between the Institute of Economics and Forecasting of NAS of Ukraine and the Institute of Science and Technology Strategy of the Academy of Sciences of Jiangxi Province was signed.  

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Chinese And Ukrainian Academics Discuss The Initiative “One Belt, One Road”


Economic and financial potential of successful cooperation between Ukraine and the PRC within the context of implementation of the Initiative “One Belt, One Road” was discussed at a round table held by the State Organization “The Institute for Economics and Forecasting of the NAS of Ukraine” (IEF) on 23 January 2018. Leading academics of the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP) of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences took part in the round table during their first working visit into Ukraine. Institute of World Economics and Politics of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences was represented by its Director Zhang Yuyan, Deputy Director of the Department of International Strategy Ren Lin, Senior Research Fellow of the Section of International Strategy Lu Guoxueand Research Fellows  of the Department of International Political Economics Tien Xu and Liu Wei.


Director of the Institute for Economics and Forecasting of the NAS of Ukraine, Academician Valeriy M.Heyets familiarized Chinese scientists with the main areas of scientific research conducted by the IEF and outlined the prospects of joint scientific research and other forms of cooperation between the IEF and IWEP aimed at intensification of economic cooperation between Ukraine and the PRC and promotion of their sustainable socio-economic development. Director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Pr. Zhang Yuyan expressed interest in joint scientific research with the Institute for Economics and Forecasting of the NAS of Ukraine. He also described the main stages and the results of the implementation of the “Policy of Openness” of the PRC and presented PRC’s  initiative “One Belt, One Road”. Deputy Director of the Institute for Economics and Forecasting of the NAS of Ukraine, Corresponding Fellow of NASU Professor Anatoliy A.Hrytsenko described the main prospects and specific features of Ukraine’s current socio-economic development. He emphasized the need to jointly analyze the experience of reforms of Ukraine’s and China’s economies, to identify the mechanisms of economic development common to both Ukraine and China and those that differ. He underlined strong  potential for Ukraine’s adoption of progressive instruments of economic reform in China suitable to current interests of Ukrainian state. Modern time economic issues and potential of the development of economic cooperation between the PRC and Ukraine under the pressure of today’s challenges and structural changes of global economy were expounded in the report of the Deputy Director of IWEP’s Department of International Strategy Ren Lin. Head of the Department of Modelling and Forecasting of Economic Development of the IEF, Fellow of the NAS of Ukraine, Dr. of Science in Economics M.Skrypnychenko proposed approaches to modelling and assessment of prospects of mutually advantageous bilateral economic cooperation between China and Ukraine within the framework of implementation of the initiative “One Belt, One Road”. Fiscal preconditions of cooperation between the PRC and Ukraine that are conducive to economic activity for the implementation of the concept “One Belt, One Road” in Ukraine were defined in the presentation of the Director of the Section of Public Finances I.Lunina. She specified main areas of reforming the corporate income tax and value added tax with the purpose of lowering the tax burden on  business in Ukraine comparison with those of the EU countries. She also described the options of simplified system of taxation for agricultural sector. The main trends and sectoral structure of economic cooperation between Ukraine and the PRC during the last decade were explored in the report by Senior Research Fellow of the Section of Public Finances PhD in Economics O.Stepanova. She defined specific features of investment activity and practices within cooperation between Ukraine and China and outlined prospective mechanisms of intensification of economic cooperation in the context of the PRC’s initiative “One Belt, One Road” implementation in Ukraine. She listed among them: the possibility to establish a Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and the PRC under conditions of the fulfillment of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement; involvement of international financial organizations and transnational corporations into cooperation with Ukraine on the basis of public-private partnership. The speaker mentioned specifically the Asian Bank for Infrastructural Investment and the Investment Fund Silk Road Company. Dr. O.Stepanova also dwelt upon the transfer of technologies and on creation of “technological parks” in Ukraine (referring to the technopark project  “Great Stone” in the Republic of Belorus as an example). She also underscored the option of setting up manufacture and logistics clusters in order that the advantages of Ukraine-EU Association Agreement can be used. Dr. of Science in Economics O.Nykyforuk, Head of the Department of Manufacturing Infrastructure Development, briefed the participants of the round table on the prospects of Ukraine’s participation in the initiative “One Belt, One Road” in terms of infrastructure development. She also informed them about the research done by her Department. The speaker stressed the fact that the new transportation corridors, built under the New Silk Road concept, can shorten the terms of cargo deliveries from China to Europe by waterways from today’s 45-60 days to 10-13 days, using land routes. She also emphasized the interest of the PRC for Chinese construction and railroad companies to enter the markets of other countries thus providing them with work for decades to come. For Ukraine this is an opportunity to draw Chinese investments into the development of its own infrastructure and built its system of transportation and logistics into the global transportation and logistics networks already functioning on Eurasian continent. The role of tourism as a factor in the advancement of cooperation between Ukraine and the PRC was highlighted by the Head of the Sector of International Financial Research, PhD in Economics O. Borzenko. She stated that modern trends in the development of tourism are positive. The growing interest of the tourists to our culture, large amount of advertisement, availability of information increase the opportunities for communication between the peoples of Ukraine and China. The speaker pointed out that job creation, new recreational facilities, networks of tourist infrastructure capable of rendering various paid and free services should be priorities in both domestic and international tourist business. Among the priority segments of tourist business development Dr. O.Borzenko also mentioned consolidation of political and economic ties among all members of international community on the new entirely new positions determined by the principles of the UN and universal human values. She also prioritized the development of the project “Oriental Express”. Prospective forms of cooperation between Ukraine and the PRC through new organizational forms of innovation, of clusters under the “One Belt, One Road” initiative were presented in the report of a leading Researcher of the Department of Innovation Policies, Economics and Organization of Advanced Technologies, PhD in Economics O. Boyko. To create them we first of all need to develop legislation regulating these clusters. The notions of “cluster”, “cluster development policy”, “clusterization” need to be defined. Development of cluster relationships and networking under “One Belt, One Road” initiative is needed too. The models of application of public-private partnership mechanism should be developed so that non-governmental investment resources can be drawn into development of the clusters. Transboundary clusters and mechanisms of their setting up should also be defined by law. Generally speaking, the clusters can become a mechanism of acceleration of economic transformations invoked by the initiative “One Belt, One Road”. The areas of mutually beneficial cooperation, its mechanisms and prospects determined during the round table were incorporated into the Memorandum of Understanding between the Institute of World Economics and Politics of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Institute for Economics and Forecasting of the NAS of Ukraine, signed by the IEF Director Academician Valeriy M.Heyets and by Director of IWEP of CASS Professor Zhang Yuyan.

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Workshop “Evaluation of scientific organizations in Ukraine: Possible Applications of Experiences from Germany”

The Ukrainian-German  workshop “Evaluation of scientific organizations in Ukraine: Possible Applications of Experiences from Germany” was held in the Institute for Economics and Forecasting (IEF), National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine on 6 December 2017. It was organized in the framework of the joint research project, which is supported and financed by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and  the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. This workshop followed the workshop, which took place in September in Germany (more details on http://guenther.iino.uni-bremen.de/en/news_detail/items/eval-science-project-meeting-in-berlin-and-visit-at-the-leibniz-association-2679). The aim of the workshop in Kyiv was to discuss the results of the project implementation as well to define future steps. Prof. Igor Yegorov (IEF) presented the evaluation results of NASU research institutes in 2016. Prof. Jutta Günter (Bremen University) shared an experience of Leibniz Association on such issues, which should be addressed during evaluation, e.g. selection of the evaluation committee members and avoiding of conflict of interests, specific aspects of research departments evaluations and implementation of evaluation results as well. Also, she indentified the directions of improvement of the Leibniz Association methodology for research evaluation. These are distribution of criteria on primary and secondary groups based on type of the research entity and its thematic field, use of group evaluation in order to reduce costs on external expert travels. Dr. Oleksandra Antoniuk (Institute of Mathematics, NASU) overviewed current procedure of the evaluation taking into account the establishment of the NASU Evaluation Office and summarized the ways of the procedure improvement. During Q&A session PhD. Vitalii Gryga paid attention on certain problems in evaluation of research administrations and raised a question on consequences of negative evaluation. Yulia Ryzhkova interested in improvement of expert evaluation reports and needs in special trainings for domestic evaluators. Also the workshop participants discussed the problems in publication activity evaluations and the need to keep a balance between quantity and quality of publications. Bad balance in favor of quantity might lead not only to poor quality of scientific papers but flag the researchers’ motivation down. Summarizing the workshop results all participants agreed that proper evaluation was among the main tasks of S&T reform in Ukraine and the German experience was quite useful in designing own evaluation methodology.   Prepared by V. Gryga.,Yu, Ryzhkova

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Cluster managers workshop: an international dialogue on Research based industrial clusters in the Black Sea Region


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The international seminar for cluster managers was held in the conference hall of the Institute for Economics and Forecasting on 15 February, 2017. The seminar was organized within the framework of two relevant projects funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation: the Black Sea Horizon and the Strengthening Research and Innovation towards Ukraine projects. The aim of the seminar was to promote the dialogue between selected industrial and innovation clusters from the Black Sea Region, fostering cooperation opportunities and to provide recommendations on how to establish, manage, sustain and internationalize these clusters.

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The seminar was targeted practitioners, although a lot of representatives of research institutes and universities took part in it. The total number of participants was about 80, including 23 participants from such foreign countries, as Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Poland, Portugal etc. Mr. Thierry Devars, the project officer of the DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission, Anatolii Bagan, the deputy head of the department of industry and entrepreneurship development of the Kiev City State Administration, Dr. S. Lukach, adviser to the Parliamentary Committee on Industrial Policy made introductory remarks.

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During the introductory session Ms. Ines Marinkovic (Austria) presented the Black Sea Horizon project (http://blacksea-horizon.eu), in which the Institute for Economics and Forecasting takes part, while Gorazd Weiss (Austria) presented the RILINKS2UA project, which is aimed at supporting and enhancing the integration of Ukraine to the European Research Area (https://ri-links2ua.eu).

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The next session was devoted to exchange of cluster development experience in the Black Sea region. During the session  three case studies were presented. Prof. Nadiya Boyko (Ukraine) talked about cross-border cluster Cassiovia Life Science, Dr. Felix Arion (Romania) presented experience of the AgroTransilvania cluster. The third presentation was made by Svetlin Ranguelov (Bulgaria). He provided an information about the activity of the Association of Business Clusters and Bulgarian cluster landscape.

All presentations are available at https://blacksea-horizon.eu/object/document/686

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The seminar revealed the great interest to cluster development in the Black Sea region. It was expressed by many participants, who actively participated in the discussion session. Most of participants agreed that further support of cluster initiatives (networking, sharing knowledge and experience etc) was needed, as well as organization of events, similar to this cluster manager’s workshop. After finishing the seminar foreign and Ukrainian participants positively evaluated the efforts of the Institute for Economics and Forecasting on preparation of the event.



The projects BLACK SEA HORIZON and RILINKS2UA have received funding from Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, under the Grant Agreements 645785 (H2020-INT-INCO-2014) and 692476 (H2020-INT-INCO-2015)

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The announcement

Institute for Economics and Forecasting Ukrainian National Academy of Science together with academic public union “Knowledge Platform – Agrarian Development and Rural Innovations”, Delegation of Polish Academy of Science in Ukraine, agriculture universities and NGOs facilitating Public Academic Hearings “Ukrainian village and rural population under holdingization: will European basics of rural development be implemented in Ukraine?” оn June, 10, 2015. During the hearings will be discussed main points of draft “Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development 2015-2020” related to interests of farming households and family farms, rural communities and rural settlements, which are in risk of being ignored in the process of Strategy implementation after its adoption.

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