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Investment into domestic automotive industry may treble, according to Vladislav Kaskiv, Head of State Agency for Investment and National Projects of Ukraine, who attended the 5th International Conference on development of automotive industry of Ukraine "AutoPROm 2013."
Experts say Ukraine has a number of competitive advantages which entice prospectives investors in the country's automotive sector, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
First and foremost is ukraine's location. Ukraine is a market crossroads between the EU and the Customs Union. The country has a large domestic market and highly skilled staff. Special prospects for Ukraine's automotive industry will be opened after signing the Association Agreement with the EU.
Some 50 million USD was invested into the Ukrainian automobile industry from 2011 to 2013. InvestUkraine, one of the key divisions of Kaskiv's agency, works with several car companies that entered the market and create new factories.
"According to forecasts (based on documents signed between InvestUkraine and leading companies), investments into the automotive sector to will increase threefold next year," Kaskiv said.
InvestUkraine has to date supported the joint projects with domestic companies which supply car parts and accessories for such leaders of automotive market as Volkswagen Group, GMC, Toyota, and PSA PEUGEOT CITROËN Group. To localize the European production in Ukraine, the State Agency for Investment and National Projects launched the "Industrial Parks" project, which envisions establishment of production facilities for development of automotive industry in Ukraine.
Experts say Ukraine's market of passenger cars is considered by investors as prospective. Our country is the third largest market in Central and Eastern Europe (after Russia and Poland), ranking 13th among pan-European countries.