The Ministry of Strategic Industries set five priorities for 2021, according to a message posted on the Ministry’s website.
The Ministry is going to approve a number of key documents in 2021, carry out corporate transformations, establish the Defense Technology Agency, two state-owned holding companies, and increase export revenues.
In the area of legislation, the Ministry of Strategic Industries plans to approve the following five fundamental documents:
- Strategy of the military and industrial complex development;
- Nationwide target scientific and technical space program for 2021–2025;
- State target scientific and technical program for aviation industry development for 2021–2030;
- Nationwide integrated program for high science-intensive technologies; and
- Defense procurement plan for 2021.
Corporate transformations mean the ongoing process of corporatization of member companies of Ukroboronprom state concern.
The creation of two state-owned holding companies, Defense Systems of Ukraine and Aerospace Systems of Ukraine, will help enable the distribution and grouping of strategic state-owned enterprises, while the opening of the Defense Technologies Agency will prompt an increase in export revenues.
“In 2021, the Defense Technology Agency will appear in Ukraine comparable with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. The Agency will be tasked to introduce scientific and technical developments and new technologies to create state-of-the-art types of competitive weaponry and military equipment,” reads the statement.
As reported earlier, the Government instructed the Ministry of Strategic Industries to award the sector with procurements worth at least $1 billion.
The Government appointed the Ministry of Strategic Industries as the main executive authority responsible for public industrial and military-industrial policy, policy in the area of defense procurement, the military and industrial complex, aviation and space industries.
The ‘orange zone’ quarantine restrictions will be imposed in Ukraine from 25 January up to and including 28 February. Among other things, it is forbidden:
- be in public places or in transport without personal protective equipment;
- hold public events of over 20 people;
- operation of takeaway catering companies from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.;
- operation of entertainment facilities, gyms, fitness centers, and cinemas is restricted;
- carry passengers more than the seating capacity of vehicles allows.
“Epidemiologists record the stabilization of the disease situation. The number of occupied beds dropped to below 30%. At the same time, the Government has recently significantly increased the number of beds supplied with medical oxygen, from 11 thousand in September to 55 thousand in January. Some ₴1.5 billion was earmarked for the regions for this purpose,” Mr Shmyhal explained.
Ukraine’s Health Minister, Maksym Stepanov, does not expect the imposition of tough quarantine in the spring, according to Interfax-Ukraine.
“Among other things, we have chosen the dates with the least activity in the economy. That was needed to make it possible for Ukraine to avoid shutting down gyms and entire economic sectors April–May,” Mr Stepanov emphasized.
As reported earlier, the Government imposed a nationwide weekend quarantine from 14 to 30 November. Prior to that, it has extended the adaptive quarantine until the end of 2020.
In 2020, industrial production in Ukraine decreased by 5.2% against 2019, according to the State Statistics Service.
In 2020, production of steel and finished metal products dropped by 9.1% and mining of iron ores by 2.4% against the previous year.
In December, industrial production rose, for the first time in 2020, by 4.8% against December 2019, while November showed a 0.3% decrease.
At the same time, with adjustment for the effect of calendar days, a fall in industrial production in December was less significant, 3.2% against 0.1% in November.
In December, production of steel and finished metal products grew by 4.3%, mining of iron ores by 20% against December 2019.
In 2019, Ukraine’s industrial production declined by 1.8% against 2018. Last year, production of steel and finished metal products decreased by 3.1%, whereas mining of iron ores remained unchanged.