Ukraine: Sector Competitiveness Strategy


Increasing competitiveness in key sectors could help Ukraine attract foreign investment, boost job creation and improve long-term growth prospects.

The Project was launched in 2009 to support the government in designing reforms, to strengthen Ukraine's economic development in prioritised sectors.

Key objectives include:

  • Strengthening Ukraine’s competitiveness by enhancing the country’s business climate at the sectoral level;
  • Developing sector-specific recommendations to help unlock the competitiveness of high-potential sectors and attract further FDI;
  • Supporting the implementation of selected sector-specific policy recommendations.


How the OECD contributes

A first phase of the project (2009-2011) assessed and identified three sectors for economic growth - agribusiness, alternative energy sources, and transport equipment manufacturing -- to be used as pilots to further attract investments.  A second phase (2012) of the project addressed sector-specific policy barriers to the development of those three sectors.  Tailored recommendations on how to overcome those barriers were summarised in four policy handbooks, one for each of the key policy areas.

A third phase of the project (2013-2015) currently focuses on the transfer of OECD know-how and methodologies to Ukrainian policy makers and government representatives in order to remove barriers to the effective implementation of the recommendations and build a sustainable policy reform mechanism in Ukraine for private sector competitiveness.

The four work streams of the project aim to increase the competitiveness of Ukraine through:

  • Facilitating Access to Finance for Agribusiness SMEs
  • Developing Skills for Agribusiness
  • Attracting Investments in Renewable Energies, focus on biomass
  • Improving the Framework for Energy Service Companies (ESCOs)


Meetings and seminars

OECD-Ukraine Coordination Council February 2015

The OECD-Ukraine Co-ordination Council, chaired by the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, meets regularly to review progress made in the implementation of the projects and prioritise actions for the government to carry forward, in collaboration with the private sector.

The last meeting of the Co-ordination Council was held on 13 February, 2015.

Four Working Groups corresponding to each work stream were created to support implementation of the project. Working group members are comprised of representatives the Ukrainian government, international donors, business community, academia, practitioners and OECD. Meetings of the working groups take place in Ukraine, and provide platforms to discuss policy-based issues specific to each sector.

Capacity-building is carried out throughout the project and is embedded in the projects’ activities.  Experts and peers from OECD countries are invited to participate in meetings and study visits in order to share their approaches with Ukrainian stakeholders and to exchange know-how based on first-hand experience.

In addition, specific workshops are organised focusing on the design and implementation of the sectoral recommendations. These events offer a platform for exchange of know-how and discussion of case studies from OECD member countries among the participants -- which include, in addition to government representatives, the business community, civil society and others.



Policy handbooks



Ms. Gabriela Miranda, Project Manager, OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme

Ms. Yerim Park, Project Co-ordinator, OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme


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