800 businesses moved to safer regions in year of war
623 українські підприємства відновили роботу після релокації (Photo:Swen Pfoertner / Reuters)
Around 800 Ukrainian businesses have moved to safer regions over the last year of full-scale war under the state program of business relocation, reads an official press release on the program posted on the Ukrainian government website on March 2.
In the release, Deputy Economy Minister Tetyana Berezhna reports that 623 of the businesses have resumed operations at their new location, while the other 239 are still in search of a suitable site or transport means.
Additionally, over 650 entities opted not to move as they had intended to do earlier, due to the liberation from Russian occupation of the areas where they were based.
"Besides, some businesses are returning to their previous places following the improvement of the security situation there, in particular in Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts,” Berezhna said.
She said 44 enterprises had gone back to these oblasts.
Most of the relocated businesses moved to Lviv (25%), Zakarpattia (14.5%), Chernivtsi (9.8%), Ivano-Frankivsk (8.3%), Khmelnytsky (7.3%), and Ternopil (6.3%) oblasts.
The deputy minister added that the relocation program is still in action, although far fewer businesses are applying compared to March and April of 2022, when there were about 1,000 applications.
The state program for business relocation is being implemented by the Economy Ministry together with local administrations, the Ukrainian state railway operator Ukrzaliznytsia, and Ukrainian state postal service Ukrposhta.
In order to participate in the program, businesses have to register on the government’s platform for digital interaction via this link.
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