This is a weekly digest of news about investment and business development in Ukraine from the UkraineInvest team

The number of registered investors in securities in Ukraine increased by 34% in 2023. 
By the end of 2023, the number of registered investors in securities in Ukraine reached almost 166.2 thousand, an increase of 34% or 46 thousand over the year.  

Ukraine’s GDP will grow by 3.2% this year – World Bank forecasts.
According to the Bank’s forecast, the Ukrainian economy will grow by 3.2% this year and by 6.5% in 2025.  

More than 1,000 companies have pulled out of russia, but not all have stopped doing business. 
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, professor and founder of the Yale University Institute of Senior Executives, and a team of experts and students have been tracking companies that have worked or are working in russia since the first days of the great war. The researchers have divided the companies into five groups based on their statements and actions, and they publish the list, which is updated daily. 

Ukrainian startups will receive EUR 25,000 as part of ReaktorX’s accelerator programme.
Applications are now open for ReaktorX’s programme for startups from the Central and Eastern European region. In addition to funding, participants will have access to discounts and loans from partners, as well as advice from unicorns and founders of other startups.  

Inflation in Ukraine decreased to 5.1% in 2023 – State Statistics Service.
Inflation in the consumer market in December 2023 was 0.7% compared to November 2023, and 5.1% for the year as a whole.  

Estonia will provide EUR 1.2 bln in aid to Ukraine until 2027. 
The country will annually allocate 0.25% of its GDP to Ukraine’s defence needs. 

Ukrtransgaz plans to invest UAH 14.5 bln over 10 years in the development of gas storage facilities.
The draft UGS development plan for 2024-2033 will be discussed at the NEURC meeting. 

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