On February 25, 2021, the Ukrainian Association of Furniture Manufacturers held a strategic session.
The event was held within the framework of the Swiss-Ukrainian Project “Strengthening Business Associations of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Stage 2)”, implemented by the United Nations Development Program in Ukraine (UNDP) in cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine and with the support of Switzerland.
Identifying the key problems of the Ukrainian furniture business and developing an action plan and projects of UAFM for the coming years.
Moderator of the session: Vitaliy Ivakhov, founder of the network of salons “100% interior”, owner of the Ukrainian coffee brand ISLA, owner of the group of companies “Spanish House”, an expert in marketing and design of leading business schools in Ukraine.
Session administrator: Valentina Hraban, UAFM Executive Director
Representatives of the UAFM Association: Volodymyr Patis, President of the UAFM; Oksana Donska, Leonid Spivakov, Oleksandr Yushchenko, Mykola Viknyansky – members of the UAFM Board; Dmytro Patis, Head of the Investment Attraction Platform; Tetyana Kravets, Nadiya Rodionova, Valentyna Vasylieva – members of the UAFM Audit Commission; Tetyana Tarasenko, Anna Zakusylo – employees of the UAFM Directorate; Olga Dovbenko is the event manager of the FUBE – 2021 exhibition.
During the session, participants identified the key needs of the furniture industry, identified obstacles and prospects for their implementation on the basis of UAFM. Accumulated experience in a line of projects.
UAFM projects we are working on and plan to develop:
- FUBE-2021 ( international B2B exhibition of Ukrainian furniture);
- School of furniture business;
- Schools of masters ( projects in development);
- Production tours (lean tours and others);
- Professional conferences ( Smart export, Design brunch);
- Trade missions ;
- Furniture competitions (Furniture of the Year);
- Upholding the requirements of the furniture industry in local and central government.
As a result of our joint work, we have identified current UAFM products that provide value to existing and potential UAFM members. They also crossed out the course of strengthening lobbying for the interests of UAFM members in government institutions.
Thanks to the strategic session, the further work of UAFM received a clear structure and priority in the implementation of tasks that will contribute to the development of the furniture industry and the promotion of Ukrainian furniture in local and global markets.