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Foreign Citizens Got Access to Online Purchase of Domestic Government Bonds

Foreign individual investors can now buy Ukrainian government bonds online. This was made possible thanks to the joint efforts of the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, the National Securities and Stock Market Commission (NSSMC), the NBU and ICU Financial Group, which provides access to bonds on its online platform ICU Trade. Currently, non-residents can remotely register with a broker and buy and sell domestic government bonds in the same way as Ukrainian citizens do now. Importantly, the service will not be available to residents of the russian federation and belarus.

Since the beginning of Russia's full-scale aggression against Ukraine, many foreign citizens have expressed a desire to support Ukraine by purchasing government bonds without the need for physical presence in Ukraine. At that time, this was not possible in Ukraine due to the lack of the regulatory framework and technical solutions required for online transactions. Now, thanks to the joint work of market participants with the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, the NSSMC and the NBU, the government bond market for foreign individuals has become available remotely.

There is no income tax on government bonds in Ukraine.  Read more about all the conditions for buying government bonds.

"We are pleased to announce that the first Ukrainian broker has successfully completed a project to provide remote access to government bonds for non-resident individuals. This will allow foreign citizens to support us in our fight against the aggressor by investing in our victory. This event marks a step forward in the development of Ukraine's government bond market and we look forward to other market participants supporting this initiative. Government bonds are the second largest source of funding for Ukraine's State Budget this year and we are committed to continuing to work on expanding access to this market for all types of investors," - commented Yuriy Butsa, Government Commissioner for Public Debt Management.

"This event is a landmark for Ukraine and its investment potential in such a difficult time for all of us. However, we are moving forward and have now become even more accessible to foreign investors. Citizens of our partner countries around the world can join the economic recovery and rebuilding of Ukraine online by purchasing our domestic government bonds. The digitalisation of such processes is important for domestic capital markets and is a worthy example to follow," said Yaroslav Shlyakhov, Member of the National Securities and Stock Market Commission.

Important: Currently, citizens of the EU, the UK, the US, Canada, Israel, Australia, Japan and other countries have the opportunity to buy domestic government bonds online. Registration of investors from some countries may take longer due to differences in the legal framework of different countries and the specifics of their mobile operators.