Written by: Anita Liskova & Todd Shaw
Photos by: Petr Vykoukal
The Prague Tribune, "The Leading Business and Lifestyle
Magazine in the Czech Republic"
Prague, Czech Republic, February 3, 2004
The magnificent architecture of Kiev (also known as Kyiv) is frequently
imposing, giving the city grandeur and attesting to its heritage. On the
hand, the Ukrainian capital sparkles with light and airiness, and visitors
will be tempted to explore both its history and its modernity.
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THREE PERSONAL COMMENTS ABOUT KIEV (KYIV)
[My Favorite Places and Advice about Kiev (Kyiv)]
COMMENTS: Andriy Matosyan, director, CK Maximatour:
Favorite hotel: Hotel Dnepr, 13 Frunze street, tel.: +380 47 247 2360
Favorite restaurant: Za Dvoma Zaytsiamy, 34 Andriyivsky Descent, tel.:
+380 44 229 7972
There are more restaurants that I like, and they are much more luxurious
than anywhere else in Europe. In Ukraine people place much more emphasis
Favorite night club: Millenium, European Square, tel.: +380 44 229 8202
Favorite attraction: Hydropark during the summer - an entertainment island
by Dnipr [Dnipro] river. Sauna "banja" in the winter.
Advice: Give yourself an extra day to the business trip and "choroscho
poguljajte" (have a good walk)...
COMMENTS: by Lubos Kolas: sales manager for Eastern Europe and
Asia, Skoda Auto
Favorite hotel: Premier Palace, 5-7/29 T. Schevchenko Blvd., tel.: +380 44
244 1202 Good level of services.
Favorite restaurant: A stylish boat anchored at the Dnepr river embankment.
Folklore, music, and super food.
Favorite night club: Moda Bar, Kreschatynska str. Pier 6, tel.: +380 44 416
Favorite attraction: Lavra, Sofijskaja ploschad, Andreevskij spusk -
[Andriyivsky Uzviz] historic area full of artists and galleries
Best-kept secret: Cars are stolen less often than in Prague; evening walks
in the city are safe.
Favorite shop: Mandarin Plaza, Bassenaya 4, tel.: +380 44 238 6446
Advice: Pay with local currency or card. When paying with foreign currency
you will get a poor "on-the-spot" exchange rate.
COMMENTS: Radovan Vaner, director, Czech center Kiev:
Favorite restaurant: Viola, Shevchenko av., tel.: +380 44 235 3751
Favorite night club: Art club 44, 44 Khreschatik Str., tel.: +380 44 229
Favorite attraction: A walk along the Andrejevski uzviz [Andriyivsky
Uzviz]- an old little street with souvenir vendors and unique atmosphere.
Best-kept secret: During Saturday and Sunday, the main boulevard
Chrescatyk [Khreschatyk] is closed for cars and changes into one big
pedestrian zone. Street vendors, refreshments, karaoke, young people
playing the guitar - in short, it's full of "folky" amusements.
Favorite shop: Market, Besarabska Ploshchad 2, tel.: +380 44 224 2317
Fruit, vegetables, spices, flowers, meat, fish - everything fresh and high
quality. Friendly shop assistants, but clever businessmen.
Advice: While driving, it may first appear that there are no traffic rules,
so be careful. During rush hours there is really heavy traffic, so it is
better to walk in the center.
BASIC FACTS ABOUT KIEV (KYIV)
Government: Republic. Gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Time zone: GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from last Sunday in March to last Saturday in
October). ; Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50 Hz.
Commercial Information: Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 33 vul. Velyka
Zhytomyrska , 01601 Kyiv (tel: +380 44 212 2911; fax: +380 44 212 3353;
email@example.com; www.ucci.org.ua); Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(www.mfa.gov.ua/eng/); Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Lvovska pl.
8, 254655 Kyiv (tel/fax: +380 44 212 0005)
WHERE ON THE WEB?
For further information, we suggest the following websites dedicated to
Currency: 1 Ukraine hryvnia (UAH) = CZK 4.87; EUR 0.17; GBP 0.12;
USD 0.19 (Currency conversion rates as of press time.)
· A centralized authority extending back for centuries has left a legacy of
bureaucracy, and an unwillingness to take initiative.
· Ukrainians can be shrewd negotiators. It is important to be very
responsive to one's negotiating partner, even over small details.
· Given the absence of a strong, transparent legal infrastructure, in the
end your deal may depend on the trust you have painstakingly built over many
months or years.
· Face-to-face meetings are the norm, with little business conducted over
the phone. Business cards are de rigueur as are firm handshakes upon
meeting. Source: www.cityguide.travel-guides.com
COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
· Once a powerful force on the European scene, Ukraine's fate in modern
times has been decided in far-off capitals. As a result, modern Ukrainian
history, for the most part, has been defined by foreign occupation.
· Ukraine has large areas of very fertile land, which gave it its reputation
as the "bread basket" of the former Soviet Union. Grain, sugar beet, and
vegetables are the main crops, while a high proportion of land is devoted to
livestock farming. The country is also blessed with mineral resources,
particularly coal in the huge Donbass fields, as well as iron ore, manganese
· Heavy industries still dominate the country's manufacturing economy -
metalworking, machinery and transport equipment, and chemicals are the
most important. A large proportion of industry was previously devoted to
military production but this has sharply declined since the demise of the
Soviet Union and drastic cuts in defense budgets.
· Annual GDP growth during the last four years has been between 4 and 6
per cent, while inflation has been reduced to a manageable 5 per cent.
Officially, unemployment is 4 per cent of the workforce, but a large "grey"
economy has evolved which some estimates put at half the size of the
legitimate economy. Ukraine's major trading partners are the Russian
Federation, China, Belarus, Turkmenistan and Germany.
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