Frequently Asked Questions

We have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about this site below. 

If the information you are looking for does not appear here then please first try logging into the member portal and asking in the support forum. If you still cannot find the information required, please contact us.

For  information about a specific organization who uses this platform, the best source of information is usually the organization itself.

This website was designed by the International Trade Council in support of the Ministry of Economy and the Cabinet of Ministers of the Government of Ukraine.

Platform Overview

This platform is designed to act as a single focal point for collaboration and exchange of ideas for those affected by the current Ukranian / Russian crisis; including the direct humanitarian needs of those directly involved – as well as providing a platform to address the longer-term issues around providing business continuity and support for investors, exporters, importers and supply chains. 

It will initially provide users with:

  • Profile management to allow users to provide information about themselves and the organization they represent.
  • Networking functions including, ‘friend’ connections, live 1:1 chat, and group chat.
  • Working groups for those interested in working on multilateral exchange of ideas on specific topics.
  • Public and private discussion forums.
  • Classifieds – to address wants / needs and offers – particularly designed for constituencies with supply chain issues (over-supply of goods / under-supply of goods / diversion of goods etc).

Other features which may be added upon request include:

  • Job board
  • Video conferencing

Typical users include those involved in:

  • Economic development analysis
  • Economic development policy-making
  • Economic development promotion
  • Economic development strategy and partnerships
  • Economic policy making
  • Inbound investment attraction
  • Investment policy-making
  • Investment promotion
  • Investment strategy and partnerships
  • Investor aftercare

Participant job descriptions may include:

  • Academic
  • Diplomat (Ambassador, Consul-General, Consul, 1st Secretary, Economic Advisor etc)
  • Economic and Commercial Affairs Counselor / Officer
  • Economic Development Manager, Staff and/or Advisor
  • Elected Official
  • International Affairs / International Relations
  • Legal Practitioner
  • Global Network Officer
    Policy Maker / Analyst / Assessor / Lobbyist / Strategist
  • Public Governance Officer
  • Trade Commissioner

The above is not an exclusive list.

Anyone involved in international affairs and/or economic development, supply chains and/or legitimate non-profit organizations who are affected by, wish to help mitigate the effects of, or are otherwise interested in the impacts of, the Ukranian crisis may participate as a member.

The acronym ‘EDO’ is short for Economic Development Organization. EDOs are typically government owned or led organizations that  work to enhance the prosperity of the communities they serve. They may be divisions of a Ministry of Economic Development, a State, Region or City; or they may be individually incorporated entities with multiple stakeholders from both governmental and non-governmental organizations. 

EDO work is different for each community, but they typically facilitate company growth, assist entrepreneurs with their business, and attract new investment.

EDOs typically provide one or more of the following functions: 

  • Advisory services to the government
  • Promotion of key industries and organizations
  • Entrepreneurship training
  • Mentoring programs
  • Business certification programs
  • Business matchmaking
  • Startup facilitation
  • Events attraction and facilitation
  • Distributing information on tenders and RFPs
  • Lobbying for, creation of, and/or implementation of,  support packages for entrepreneurs
    …. And other activities designed to help their constituents.

The acronym ‘IPA’ stands for Investment Promotion Agency.

These agencies are typically government owned and/or led organizations designed to increase the flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) into their regions.

IPA activities typically include:

  • Promotion of the region as an investment destination
  • Identifying specific sectors and business clusters needing targeted investment
  • Identifying and encouraging potential investors
  • Helping investors to navigate bureaucracy
  • Facilitating site selection
  • Policy advocacy / government lobbying

Attracting businesses requires the IPA to have a lot of information about the region’s communities on hand. This is where they typically work hand-in-hand with the EDO(s) in the region.

The types of information EDOs and IPAs usually share is:

  • Current infrastructure (water, wastewater, electric, gas, roads/rail, etc.)
  • Companies located in the community
  • Industry clusters
  • Quality and quantity of developable land or existing buildings
  • Workforce demographics
  • Permitting process details
  • Subsidies, incentives, taxes and fees


This site / platform was developed by, and is provided free of charge by, the International Trade Council, in support of IPAs / EDOs whose constituents may be affected by, or wish to support those affected by, the Ukraine crisis.

As a condition of your use of this service, you warrant to us that you will not use the service for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited in the United States of America.

This site may link to other sites which are not maintained by, or related to, us. Links to such sites are provided as a service to users and are not sponsored by or affiliated with this site or the International Trade Council.

We have not reviewed any or all of the content of this portal and, as such, we are not responsible for the content of this site and/or sites that it may link to.

You expressly hold us harmless from any and all liability related to your use of this website and/or any third-party website that this site may link to.

We have provide this site as a convenience for those operating in an emergency situation. The inclusion of any materials and/or links on this site does not imply endorsement by us unless otherwise specifically noted.

The International Trade Council is a not-for-profit, peak-body, chamber of commerce. 

Constituents / members of the International Trade Council include: 

  • Government trade and investment agencies (IPAs and EDOs)
  • Chambers of commerce and business organizations
  • Businesses
  • Startups
  • Investors

The Council provides information on market access, regulations, certifications / qualifications required for market entry, economic advisory services, business promotion and helps businesses connect with investors, partners, suppliers and customers across the globe.

The International Trade Council has local chapters in 28 countries and members spanning 179 countries.

International Trade Council undertakes no lobbying activities; instead acting as a neutral platform for sharing information, connecting relevant parties, providing educational tools, mediating commercial disputes, and offering market access services to organizations of all types and sizes. 

You can learn more about the International Trade Council here.

Getting Started

Go to and click “register”.

You will be asked to complete a basic profile when registering. You can change this information and add more information to your profile once you have logged in.

You can edit your profile after you have logged into the platform. 

You can also choose whether or not to add more information about your organization including address, phone number, website address, description, social media links. 


Please invite your colleagues to join this platform so they can watch, read and/or participate in the discussion. 

The more participants, the more effective we can all be in addressing any issue that is placed before us all.