The Most Expected Business Events 2019 in Ukraine

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Some of the largest Ukrainian business events in various fields from IT to agribusiness have already announced the dates and agenda for conferences and forums in 2019.

Business for Smart Cities Expo Congress

Speaker at a business conferenceBusiness for Smart Cities is a global event that annually gathers the leaders of the region to define solutions to the problems of their cities and find the most appropriate partners to develop projects and services. Mayors and representatives of cities, governments, and private companies will present their success stories of cooperation with business in transforming cities to Smart & Sustainable.

The list of speakers will feature the Minister of Economic Development & Trade of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv, the Mayor of Kyiv Vitaliy Klitschko, the Mayor of the City of Barcelona from 2006 to 2011 Jordi Hereu, the Head of EBRD Matthew Jordan-Tank, the Independent External Advisor on Infrastructure Finance, Public Private Partnerships and Urban Development Ellis J. Juan and the Leader of IFC’s Cities Initiative in EMENA Patrick Avato. You can buy tickets at businessforsmartcities.com.

When: January 29-31
Where: NSC Olimpiyskiy, Kyiv
Admission: €10/day (students, public sector and NGO's), €40 (private sector)

10th International Anniversary Ukrainian Energy Forum

Ukrainian Energy ForumUkrainian Energy Forum is an annual event for Ukrainian and international energy communities that becomes a platform to discuss the latest issues in the field and future prospects. More than 300 senior energy executives from 20 countries worldwide attend the event annually. Moreover, reports about reform process are given first-hand from the Ministers, Regulators, Law-makers and CEOs of state energy companies.

This year the conference will focus on energy market reform in Ukraine, the new trend of daily gas balancing strategies, gas transportation system of Ukraine after 2019, HSE in Ukrainian oil and gas sector, a case study of Biofuels and HR strategies in oil and gas sector in Ukraine. Besides, the anniversary conference will have round tables with project operators, where guests will have a chance to ask operators of the largest E&P projects in Ukraine direct questions. You can register at ukrainianenergy.com.

When: February 26-28
Where: InterContinental Hotel, Kyiv
Admission: €1 275 (Early Bid for a 3-day package), €1 049 (Early Bid for a 2-day package), Focus Day (€575). You can register 2 delegates and the 3rd one as well as subsequently registered delegates will have a 50% discount

XVI International Conference "Black Sea Grain 2019"

"Black Sea Grain 2019" Conference in Kyiv"Black Sea Grain" Conference is an international platform aimed at discussion of prospects and issues of the global and the Black Sea agricultural commodity markets. The conference was first held in 2014 and since then has become one of the major agricultural events in Ukraine.

In 2019, the conference will welcome more than 50 delegates from all over the globe. The topics on discussion will feature prognosis for the 2020s, commodity markets, exports and logistic challenges in the Black Sea region, South America’s ambitions and European conservatism, global financial outlook and Ukraine's perspectives in business. You can register at ukragroconsult.com.

When: April 10-11
Where: InterContinental Hotel, Kyiv
Admission: €860 (Early Bid)

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International Agroindustrial Fair AGRO 2019

Agroindustrial Fair AGRO in UkraineAGRO Fair is one of the largest agricultural events in Ukraine and Eastern Europe that takes place annually to promote innovations in all areas of Ukrainian agribusiness. AGRO is visited by business owners, chief officers and managers, which makes it a good specialized pool for networking. The exhibitions showcase specialized equipment for field crops, domestic animals, vegeculture, horticulture and fishery.

Moreover, AGRO fair's agenda includes not only an exhibition but also over 50 scientific and practical events like conferences, roundtable discussions, workshops, and briefings. The agenda for 2019 is under development. You can register for visiting the exhibitions and a business program at agroexpo.in.ua.

When: June 4-7
Where: Expocenter of Ukraine, Kyiv
Admission: free

International Black Sea Transport Forum 2019

International Black Sea Transport Forum in OdesaInternational Black Sea Transport Forum 2019 or Trans Expo Odesa is a large event in the Black Sea region that in 2019 will include 4 specialized exhibitions and the International "Development of the Transport System of Ukraine: Challenges and Prospects" conference. The forum gives a chance to have B2B meetings for companies organized by the conference managers, present new projects and expand networking system.

In 2019, the highlights of the conference will include priorities for the development of an efficient transport system in Ukraine, transport dialogue Ukraine-EU-China, the present and the future of grain terminals in Ukraine, resent and future of the port industry of Ukraine and much more. Numerous roundtables concerning transportation and blockchain are also included in the agenda. You can register for visiting at trans-expo-odessa.com.

When: September 25-27
Where: Odesa Sea Port, Odesa
Admission: free

Lviv IT Arena

Lviv IT Arena forum 2018IT Arena is a tech event with a global outlook and scale, which takes place in Lviv, Ukraine on the last weekend of September. Three intensive conference days catalyze exponential growth and inspire new solutions and business ideas. IT Arena is one of the largest European IT events and has been featured by the Independent, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Forbes, and Reuters.

In 2018, the list of speakers featured prominent leaders of opinion like Lead Product Manager at Facebook Josh Twist and Chief Decision Scientist at Google Cloud Cassie Kozyrkov. Besides, Lviv IT Arena usually has afterparties at the best venues of the city. The agenda for 2019 is yet to be announced. The tickets will be sold at itarena.ua.

When: September 27-29
Where: TBA, Lviv
Admission: TBA

Ukrainian Blockchain Day

Ukrainian Blockchain Day conferenceBlockchain Day is an international platform about Blockchain and cryptocurrencies that regularly holds conferences in Ukraine. The event is a concentrated pool of crypto society members great for networking and speed mentoring. Moreover, Ukrainian Blockchain Day organizes afterparties to find partners in an amicable atmosphere.

Speakers at the 2018 conference included CEO of Blockchain Technologies Consulting Darren Franchescini and Ex-Facebook E-Commerce Henry Liu. The agenda for 2019 is under development. The last year's report and tickets will be available at blockchainday.org.

When: October 15
Where: NSC Olimpiyskiy, Kyiv
Admission: TBA

The following list is the editor's choice.
Sources: websites of businesses mentioned above, chamber.ua.
Photo sources: Facebook pages and websites of businesses mentioned above, unsplash.com. All images belong to their rightful authors.

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