March 9, 2023, 18:45


10:30 AM — More than 40% of active VAT payers were held up at ‘gunpoint’ of tax authorities: results of Business Ombudsman Council’s own investigation

— Roman Vashchuk, Business Ombudsman (in person)
— Natalia Artemchuk, Manager of the Tax and Customs committees of the European Business Association (online)
— Andy Hunder, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine (online)
— Hennadii Chyzhykov, President of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (online)

Why is it interesting?
Roman Vashchuk, Business Ombudsman of Ukraine, together with the heads of leading business associations, will announce the results of the investigation. In particular, he will present the recommendations that the Business Ombudsman Council has submitted to government agencies to adjust a mechanism for the automated VAT system operation without excessive human intervention and reduce adverse effects for reputable businesses.

11:00 AM — Special event: “Presentation of the study on OSINT in social and government activities”

— Dmytro Zolotukhin, Executive Director of the Institute of Post-Information Society
— Agiya Zagrebelska, Head of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) Sanctions Department
— Yuliia Nikitina, Editor-in-chief of Cultureversus, Coordinator of the Encyclopedia of Civil Activists
— Heorhiy Shabayev, the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) journalist

Why is it interesting?
Since 2015, the NGO Institute of the Post-Information Society (IPS) has been training Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) practices everyone willing to. Now the goal of the NGO is to implement OSINT practices in the public sector, by in particular, organizing volunteer activities to identify, document, and describe assets, legal and natural persons that may be subject to sanctions, as well as to explore ways to avoid and circumvent the sanctions those already imposed.

1:00 PM — Briefing on: “Special event: “The launch of the global initiative “SAVE MISHA”

— Giuli Alasania, Mikheil Saakashvili’s mother (online)
— David Saakashvili, Mikheil Saakashvili’s brother (in person)
— Olena Shuliak, Chair of Sluha Narodu (Servant of the People) Party (in person)
— Vano Merabishvili, Prime Minister of Georgia (2012), Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia (2004-2012) (in person)
— Maria Barabash, Head of Mikheil Saakashvili’s office (2020-2022) (in person)

Topics of focus:
— The launch of the global movement “SAVE MISHA”
— Mikheil Saakashvili’s critical health condition
— 10 steps to free Mikheil Saakashvili
— Protests against pro-Russian draft laws in Georgia

3:00 PM — Special event! The panel discussion entitled: “The eastern dragon. How the Chinese factor can affect the russo-Ukrainian war

— Olexander Khara, Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Expert at Centre for Defence Strategies, Diplomat, Advisor to the Defense Minister of Ukraine (2020)
— Nataliya Plaksiienko-Butyrska, Expert on East Asia, Master of International Relations
— Yurii Poita, Head of the Asia-Pacific Section at the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies (online)

Questions to be discussed:
— China and russia: friendship, partnership or competition?
— China and Ukraine: challenges and opportunities for Ukrainian diplomacy
— China-U.S., China-EU, China-Africa, and the Ukrainian factor

4:30 PM — Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Oblast Military Administration (online)

Topics of focus:
— Aftermath of shelling in the region
— Humanitarian situation and infrastructure situation

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