odessa City Business Infrastructure
Odessa is the third largest city in Ukraine with a population of more than 1,1 million people. The city is a major seaport and transportation hub located on the northwestern shore of the Black Sea. Odessa hosts two important ports and oil and chemical processing facilities that represent a major transport hub integrated with railways connecting to the rest of the country and EU's respective networks by strategic pipelines. The city's best-known and most prestigious universities and other institutions of higher education are Odessa 'I.I. Mechnikov' National University, Odessa National Economic and Medical University, Odessa National Polytechnic University and Maritime University. Odessa Law Academy and the National Academy of Telecommunications.
In addition to all the state-run universities mentioned above, Odessa is also home to a large number of private educational institutes and academies which offer highly specified courses in a range of different subjects. Industrial enterprises located in and around the city include those dedicated to fuel refinement, machine building, metallurgy, and other types of light industry such as food preparation, timber plants and chemical industry. Agriculture is a relatively important sector in the territories surrounding the city.
The tourism sector is of great importance to Odessa, which is currently the second most-visited Ukrainian city. Nowadays, a number of Japanese and Chinese companies, as well as European enterprises and private investors have already invested in the development of the free economic zone in the region for the provision of quality office real estate and modern manufacturing facilities such as warehouses and plant complexes.