According to the Expert, the President's idea to involve business leaders in fighting against coronavirus has paid off
Due to the coronavirus outbreak in Ukraine, many business people have had to take control of the situation in the regions and donate a lot of resources and efforts to counteract the spread of infection. Thanks to Alexander Yaroslavsky, the government has managed to quickly organize the delivery of scarce PCR tests used to detect coronavirus. This is reported by RBC Ukraine in "Situational Union: How Business Leaders Help Regions Fight against Coronavirus." As noted by the political analyst Vladimir Fesenko, the President's decision to involve businesspersons and oligarchs is a forced measure and appropriate initiative, since we must react quickly and unconventionally during the pandemic.
Besides, in such cooperation with the Presidential Office, Alexander Yaroslavsky has helped the Ukrainian authorities to establish contact with the Chinese billionaire Jack Ma and receive a large batch of rapid and PCR tests that are scarce worldwide, as noted by the Expert. "Moreover, experience has proven that most countries involve large businesses too, so this is not surprising. On the contrary, large companies, as a rule, have good organizational resources, extensive regional logistics, and most importantly, additional finances and ties that the government doesn’t. For example, in such cooperation with the Presidential Office, Alexander Yaroslavsky has helped the Ukrainian authorities to establish contact with the Chinese billionaire Jack Ma and receive a large batch of rapid and PCR tests. This would take much more time without such cooperation," Vladimir Fesenko commented on this matter to RBC Ukraine.
According to Anatolii Amelin, Co-Founder and Head of Economic Programs at Ukrainian Institute for the Future, businesses help at different levels—some purchase lung ventilators, others provide masks and respirators, and still others support entire hospitals.
"Businesses are more mobile and less bureaucratic. They have established contacts with suppliers and logistics companies. It is logical for the President to involve them in supporting hospitals with what is necessary to combat coronavirus. Also, small and medium businesses, which accumulate funds and help at their level, are joining large businesses that coordinate the regions," the Expert said.
To recap, it has been reported that DCH Group owned by Alexander Yaroslavsky has come out on top in the rating of business people who financially help the country to fight coronavirus in Ukraine. According to journalists, the businessperson has already allocated 391 million since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in Ukraine.
As RBC Ukraine reported, on April 9, another 100 thousand PCR tests used to detect COVID-19 arrived in Ukraine from China, which were purchased by Alexander Yaroslavsky, Owner and President of DCH Group, for USD 850 thousand.
The plane with another 100 thousand PCR tests used to detect coronavirus, which he purchased with the assistance of the Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, landed at the Boryspil International Airport. It was also reported that Alexander Yaroslavsky paid another USD 1.15 million for 50 lung ventilators that would be delivered to Ukraine from Germany shortly. Alexander Yaroslavsky purchase all medical goods at factory prices; intermediaries in the supply chain do not make money out of these batches of goods.
Thanks to Alexander Yaroslavsky, the first batch of PCR tests from Jack Ma arrived in Ukraine on March 24; 5 thousand tests were delivered to Kharkiv to meet the regional needs.
It has also been reported that, together with the Kharkiv authorities, the businessperson provided 150 thousand food baskets and 40 thousand first-aid kits to local pensioners. In addition, at the initiative of Alexander Yaroslavsky, the Kharkiv Regional State Administration has purchased the necessary material and technical resources for regional hospitals for the amount of USD 2.4 million.