YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND a U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) Business Roundtable meeting with Business Ombudsman in Ukraine Algirdas Semet on Wednesday, November 9, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon in the Conference Room offices of SigmaBleyzer, 6 Baseyna Street, Mandarin Plaza, 8th Floor, Kyiv, Ukraine (see directions below), followed by a reception.  Mr. Semet heads up the Business Ombudsman Council. 

Combating corruption in Ukraine has become increasingly urgent because of the impact it is having on the willingness of companies to invest in the country. With the setting up of the Business Ombudsman Council,, Ukraine has taken an important step forward towards the improvement of its investment climate.

The Business Ombudsman Council is meant to be the first point of contact for companies seeking redress against unfair treatment. The new institution provides for greater transparency of business practices in Ukraine.

The Business Ombudsman Council (BOC),, is funded through the Multi-donor Account for Ukraine set up at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in 2014. The donors of the Multi-donor Account for Ukraine include Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

USUBC is very fortunate to have this opportunity for members to meet with the Business Ombudsman in Ukraine to discuss combating corruption and the work of the Business Ombudsman Council as the first point of contact for companies seeking redress against unfair treatment.

RSVP:  Please register your attendance by sending an e-mail to Morgan Williams, There is no cost for the USUBC Business Roundtable or the reception.  


BIO: Algirdas Semeta - Business Ombudsman in Ukraine

Algirdas Semeta has been Business Ombudsman in Ukraine since December 2014. Most of his Šemeta’a career has been concentrated in public sector as a civil servant. From December 2008 to June 2009 he served as Lithuania's Finance Minister, having already served on the same  post a decade earlier, from February 1997 to June 1999.


From July 2009 until November 2014 Mr. Semeta was European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud.  A native of Vilnius, Algirdas Šemeta graduated from Vilnius University's Faculty of Economic Cybernetics and Finance with a degree as economist-mathematician in 1985.

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Wednesday, November 9, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon --   Kyiv, Ukraine, followed by a reception

Conference Room offices of SigmaBleyzer, 6 Baseyna Street, Mandarin Plaza, 8th Floor, Kyiv, Ukraine

DIRECTIONS TO KYIV OFFICES OF SIGMABLEYZER:  The SigmaBleyzer offices are in the Arena City/Mandarin Plaza complex across the street from the Bessarabsky Market. The entrance to the SigmaBleyzer offices is inside the open-air inner courtyard of the complex, NOT inside the Mandarin Plaza shopping center. There are several entrances to the inner courtyard of the Arena City/Mandarin Plaza complex. Please note that cars are not allowed inside the courtyard.

(1) IF DRIVING FROM TARAS SHEVCHENKO BOULEVARD/UNIVERSITY AREA, cross Khreshchatyk Street and enter through an arch with stairs and a ramp under a red Arena canopy next to the Pinchuk Art Centre across the street from Bessarabsky Market. If you missed this entrance, you can go from Baseyna Street through main entrance to the Mandarin Plaza shopping center after turning right onto Baseyna Street. Take elevators or escalators up one floor from the first floor and then go through a corridor between clothing stores; the entrance to the corridor is across the aisle from the elevators.

(2) IF DRIVING FROM LEO TOLSTOY SQUARE/OLYMPIC STADIUM AREA, go through the large entrance on the corner of Khreshchatyk Street and Skoropadsky Street between the Porsche dealership and the Nebo nightclub.

(3) IF DRIVING FROM LESY UKRAYINKA BOULEVARD/PECHERSK AREA, make a left on Skoropadskyy Street leaving the Arena City/Mandarin Plaza complex on your right, pass the entrance to the underground parking; enter through an arch past the Burger Restaurant (the steps go down first, and then up to the courtyard).

(4) IF WALKING FROM KHRESHCHATYK STREET, go into the shopping center under the intersection of Khreshchatyk Street and Taras Shevchenko Boulevard (where the Lenin statue used to be), there are glass doors with Arena sign on them, behind the doors are the stairs and an escalator from the shopping center to the inner courtyard.

WHEN INSIDE THE OPEN-AIR INNER COURTYARD and facing the entrance to the large white canopy which is a restaurant, bear right leaving the white canopy on your left. The top of the building has a large Mandarin Plaza sign in red on the top floor. You will see the double doors next to the Armani clothing store with the SigmaBleyzer sign on them (as well as a LG sign).

Enter through the double doors, go up a few steps to the two elevators which also have the SigmaBleyzer sign in between them, take an elevator to the 8th Floor.  In case you are still unclear as to the location of SigmaBleyzer’s office, call SigmaBleyzer office at +38 (044) 284-1290.


NEWS: For the latest news about Ukraine go to the KYIV POST website:

The Kyiv Post of the ISTIL Group is a member of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC).  

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