Director of the Bavarian House in Odessa
Karl Walter was an Air Force professional officer for 30 years, holding staff and management posts in national and international positions, and studied at the Canadian Academy of Higher Management in Toronto.
His 16 years as a consultant in the Ukraine for the Bavarian State Ministry of Labour and Social Order led to the operation of the Bavarian House Odessa Charity Fund (BHO) and its subsidiary, the Ukrainian-Bavarian Management Training Centre (UBMT GmbH) as a social enterprise for the financing of the Charity Fund.
The focus of his work in recent years has been on the conception and implementation of comprehensive anti-AIDS projects for the regions of Odessa, Cherson and Nikolayev with the training of 4,000 teachers, 22,000 pupils, 1,500 doctors, 1,600 nurses and 2,000 social workers in connection with the establishment of "anti-AIDS clusters" in the above-mentioned areas.
With the management training centre, the focus was on the transfer of knowledge for business and administration managers in the Odessa region and now lies in the areas of business initiation, support for setting up small and medium-sized enterprises in the Ukraine, as well as consulting and support for business start-ups.
With the new political framework conditions in Ukraine, Karl Walter sees a market with rapid and increasingly stable growth for German entrepreneurs.
Ukraine short analysis
Deutsche Bank predicted rapid growth in 1991, the year of Ukraine's independence. Despite favourable framework conditions, 25 years of independence led to political and economic stagnation. The privatisation process led to a nomenklatura democracy and a nomenklatura market economy with a union of law, capital and political power. Corruption, inefficiency of the public administration, trade barriers, failed reforms and legal uncertainty prevented the development of existing potentials and reduced exploitation to a few privileged parties.
The country, with 47 million citizens, has good infrastructure, but needs to be renovated in all areas of life. With the presidential elections and the election of the new parliament, Ukrainian voters have consistently only provided the EU-oriented parties with majorities.
With the entry into force of the EU-Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine on 01.01.2016, the enacted legal adaptation and the internationalization of laws and regulations will make the above-mentioned provisions applicable. Removing barriers: less corruption, more competition, fewer monopolies, free enterprise and positive distributive effects will lead to an overall social upswing.
In small and medium-sized enterprises, which in the past had hardly any development opportunities, there is a lack of "know-how, capital and sales structures".
With the Association Agreement, in addition to the improved framework conditions, both the domestic market and export opportunities from Ukraine will have a dynamic effect through favourable manufacturing costs in Ukraine.
It is not subsidies that lead to success, but investments. Partnerships in the SME sector thus promise fast results for both Western partners and Ukrainian entrepreneurs, taking into account local characteristics.
Support projects of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) are also being funded.
Ukraine on its way to Europe - new perspectives for the German economy?
Speech by Karl Walter at the club evening OWWF on 20.09.2016
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