Institutional Investor: Ukraine tops EMEA list for potential investment

17:57, 05 September 2017
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Ukraine is one of the most attractive countries for potential investments among the fund managers investing in EMEA countries (the countries of Europe, the Middle East and Africa), according to the Institutional Investor edition.

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"Ukraine was number one with 32% of respondents prioritizing the country followed by Romania at 26%, Nigeria at 25%, and Kenya at 24%," it said in a survey.

According to the survey, "investors who are most bullish on Ukraine are based in Russia and other countries in the CIS."

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Investors based in Eastern Europe and Russia prefer Romania and Ukraine, while those in the U.K. and Western Europe are looking to explore Kenya and Nigeria for investment in next year, according to Institutional Investor, which surveyed 214 fund managers at 154 investment companies, asking which countries are top of the list for travel in the next 12 months for current or potential investments.

Investors named agriculture as one of the most promising industries in Ukraine.

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"The [Ukrainian agricultural] companies have shown that they can cope with a challenging economic and political risk environment exceptionally well," lead portfolio manager of Union Investment Sergey Dergachev said.

Ukraine's Cabinet expects that foreign direct investment in 2017 will total US$4.5 billion against US$3.8 billion in 2016.

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