What’s New in Kiev
April 2017

Ukraine’s first innovation park

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he idea of Kiev’s innovation park, Park Unit City, is to combine educational, business, cultural, medical, sports and entertainment facilities in order to provide small and medium-sized innovation businesses with access to all infrastructures necessary for rapid development and expertise in one area. At present, the Park Unit City occupies 4000 square meters and includes business campuses, sports complex and the UNIT.Factory (a free programming school), the latter being the key educational element of the park.
The Park Unit City is expected to facilitate innovative development and intellectual potential. Similar platforms already exist in the United States, France, Romania and South Africa. In the next 4 years, the organizers of the Park Unit City plan to invest about $200 million in the complex.
In recent years, Ukraine’s innovation sphere has been actively developing. In 2016, the IT market amounted to 3.3% of Ukraine’s GDP (three billion US dollars).

Ride Along the Dnieper River – Passenger Motorships’ season has started!

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n Sunday, April 16th, an opening of Motorships season was held by the RiverSide Boat station near Kiev’s Poshtova Square. Finally, after a long winter, you will be able to ride on elegant motorships along the Dnieper River and enjoy spectacular city views! This season, several new routes will be available as well as numerous entertainment programs for fans of classic music and jazz.

Sakura Bloom in Kiev — A Japanese Campaign

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he sakura blossom season is currently at its peak in many Japanese cities. To mark 25 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Japan, the Embassy of Japan has launched a campaign to plant sakura throughout our country so that Ukrainians can enjoy the beauty of these trees as well.
On 11 April, Mayor of Kiev Vitali Klichko and Japanese Ambassador Shigeki Summe planted sakura trees outside the Taras Shevchenko National Opera and Ballet Theatre. Sakura trees will also be planted in more than 20 other Ukrainian cities, including Lviv, Odessa, Kharkov and others.