Interview with Dmitry Sadykov, the UNICAP founder
UNICAP is known as a participant of a successful project to expand the globalization of the CULLIGAN international corporation.
Now UNICAP announces the launch of a new project and invites every inhabitant of the Earth to participate in direct investment in infrastructure facilities for water treatment anywhere in the world. The project opens up unique opportunities for everyone (without exception) and guarantees co-ownership of objects, thanks to NFT and blockchain technology.
We talked with the UNICAP founder, Dmitry Sadykov, and learned firsthand about the plans, opportunities and prospects of the new project company.
- Dmitry, how did you manage to raise the corporation capitalization?
The UNICAP founders received a partnership offer: in 2012, an investment company, Centerbridge Partners, acquired Culligan Corporation.
At that time, СP was headed by Mark Galogli (Barack Obama’s economic adviser) and he was faced with the task of increasing the Culligan value for subsequent sale at minimal cost. It was no coincidence that we were contacted: since 2003 we were an official distributor of Culligan.
Then, we participated in the strategy development and decision-making on the transnational business growth.
- What decisions were made to increase the business value?
First, it was the launch of new products in North America and Western Europe. More precisely, it was the acquisition of core companies with the latest innovations.
Second, it was the development of existing products in new markets in Africa and Eastern Europe. This included the construction of a reagent plant in Qatar and a plant for the production of specialized equipment in Belarus.
UNICAP also attracted United Investment Corporation Ltd., a British investment company; and Culligan Belarus (Zaslavl, Belarus) was established to launch assembly production.
In 2015, UNICAP and Culligan International created Culligan Eurasia, which became an active member of the Belarus-USA Business Cooperation Council and a partner of U.S.-Russia Business Council (USRBC).
UNICAP also organized a number of forums in New York and London, the purpose of which was to conclude memorandums on the implementation of state programs in Eurasia. In parallel, we conducted a marketing research of housing and communal services in Europe and Asia.
- What was the result of this work?
We created a financial, economic and business model for the CULLIGAN development. A special technology for water treatment and processing was developed, as well as design, production, supply, installation and service on the territory of Eurasia.
We supervised the financial and economic block and formed a pool of projects for 5 years ahead. We also implemented the Development Program in the field of strategic marketing, corporate culture and GR. All that allowed us to maximize the CULLIGAN market value.
- Why did you stop working with CULLIGAN?
Our efforts helped to successfully sell CULLIGAN to investment giants – BDT Capital – for a record $6 billion. We helped CULLIGAN gain significant experience in Eurasia and Eastern Europe and, having implemented the program at 100%, exited the project in order to further development.
- How did the idea for creating VODPROM come about? What are the main ideas and goals of the new project company?
In the process of working on CULLIGAN, we conducted a number of interviews with prime ministers of the Eurasian countries. In parallel, we organized a series of investment projects in the world’s financial centers (New York, London) with the participation of representatives of the US State Department.
We have gone the way of integrating engineering and working with the state at the expense of private investors. In the process, we have realized that:
- Investors have no technology and experience in working with housing and communal services;
- States have no free funds for simple and extended water production in sectors (health, transport, energy, utilities, industry in general). They have no competent management, engineers, technologies;
- Transnational engineering corporations also do not have enough funds and do not know the specifics of individual states.
All this leads to deterioration in the life quality, creates political and economic risks. People are aware of this relationship and, as a result, the level of distrust towards state authorities and corporations is growing.
- What can improve the situation?
The only solution for governments is to transfer the facilities of these industries for temporary long- and medium-term use by business, while retaining the right to regulate and control their activities.
In world practice, PPP – a concept of public-private partnership – has long been used.
- Tell us more about the PPP concept.
This is an alternative to the privatization of vital, strategically important objects of state property.
PPP is a set of forms of medium- and long-term interaction between the state and business to solve socially significant problems. Of course, on mutually beneficial terms.
On the one hand, complication of socio-economic life makes it difficult to perform direct functions of the state. On the other hand, business is always interested in new objects for investment.
- Has this experience already been implemented in other countries?
Yes, PPP has been developed in the UK, where a concept of the Private Finance Initiative has been used for a long time.
Its essence is to attract private companies to creation and operation of objects of industrial and social infrastructure that is in the area of responsibility of the state. In the PFI project, the private partner creates a special project company, i.e. SPV – Special Purpose Vehicle.
It finances, designs, builds, operates and manages the object of the contract. It owns the property rights, and the initial investment is made at the expense of equity capital that is provided by the SPV owners.
- How long has such a project existed and why is it of interest to the state?
Its life is 25-30 years.
The state is interested in PFI projects, as it allows covering the lack of funds and shifting to the private sector almost all the risks of the design, construction and operational stages of construction of industrial and social infrastructure objects.
It also promotes the use of innovative technologies, allows the transition from direct public administration to public management, and eliminates prerequisites for corruption.
- Who else benefits from PFI projects?
PFI contracts are beneficial for investment funds, since the partner is the most reliable economic entity – the state. Such projects have sufficient investment capacity, high profitability and guaranteed long-term market.
PFI contracts are beneficial for special project companies, since the authorities do not interfere in the current administrative and economic activities of their partner. This allows reducing costs through the use of innovation and cooperation, especially at the operational stage, and thereby increasing the project profitability.
- What else is PFI good for?
PFI guarantees SPV safe and market independent development for decades, without crises and shocks.
It is important to note that participation in the development of CULLIGAN set completely new challenges for UNICAP. We carefully studied the experience of leading states and realized that PPP is the main and most promising trend. We chose the proven British model of PFI as the concept, and VODPROM Corporation was established as a special project company.
- What is the basic foundation for the creation of VODPROM?
We needed to change the society perceptions about a need for quality water, and availability of water resources, and their impact on people’s health.
- How was the work on this idea?
Together with a number of universities, we implemented a training program for engineers in modern water treatment technologies. Within the framework of this program, dozens of new specialists graduate annually.
We also held training seminars with heads of state organizations in Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Spain and the USA in order to get acquainted with the corporate, managerial and technical level of Western colleagues. Top officials visited the Culligan plant in the USA and got acquainted with international water treatment standards, modern equipment and technologies.
- What is remarkable about the concept of PFI in the work of VODPROM?
It allows creating new “blue oceans” in Eurasia.
As mentioned earlier, this concept was created for the participation of private investors in sectors that are under responsibility of the state. At the moment, there is no serious competition among private companies, and no one except us has necessary experience to implement projects within PFI.
- Do you show the work and effectiveness of this model by your own example?
Yes, and the first result of the work carried out by UNICAP since 2012 was creation of conditions for a new market formation and favorable investment climate.
To do this, we engaged a team of experts led by British analysts who were directly involved in the development of the PFI concept in the government of Prime Minister John Major. We adapted this model to the specifics of Eastern Europe and focused entirely on VODPROM.
The existing water treatment equipment depreciation and expansion of cities provide us with a significant market. At the moment, only UNICAP has a working PFI mechanism. The VODPROM operator created by us is its first and only participant so far, implementing the “blue ocean” concept from scratch.
- What are the main ideas and goals of VODPROM?
It is important to understand that we are on the threshold of a fundamentally new type of human development. This type is based on spiritual and moral values and natural and social laws.
Here, in the interaction of the Society-State-Corporation, the leading role is assigned to the Society, and the states and corporations serve the interests of the Society.
VODPROM is a working mechanism for the implementation of real power of the Society at a qualitatively new level, based on social justice, interethnic and interreligious peace and harmony.
- In fact, we are talking about a conflict-free world coexistence. Is it possible?
Sure. That is why we have created a TRINITY SPV VODPROM interactive platform.
It allows monitoring, controlling, voting online, managing telemetrically the integrated objects (starting with water treatment), using DeFi and NFT, through the VOD token, based on blockchain technology.
- Tell us more about TRINITY.
TRINITY is a new highly efficient unified global decentralized not just a center-platform, but a metauniverse for monitoring and managing the environment, using the principle of equal and joint dialogue between the society-corporations-states, allowing participation in general voting on selecting development vectors, determining sequence of regions, combining new systems, platforms and partners.
- What is a VOD token?
This is a unit of voice, a special De-Fi token that serves as a single tool that connects and opens access to work with all products and functionality of the platform.
- What does the TRINITY platform offer?
It provides an opportunity to co-invest and participate in voting on choosing regions for work on the modernization and construction of water treatment facilities and their integration.
It allows as well:
- Earning significant income;
- For the state – getting investment, high-performance equipment, management, setting up marketing campaigns;
- Having complete information about the use of financial/energy/environmental resources;
- Personal online account with the ability to promptly monitor and respond;
- Corporations get an opportunity to carry out scientific and social work, access to financial/energy/environmental resources, as well as a constant request for the development and installation of new high-performance equipment.
- Is it possible for absolutely everyone to participate?
Yes, it is possible for absolutely every inhabitant of the Earth.
The project mission is to provide each user of the VOD token with the opportunity to be the first among equals in communication with heads of the state, government and corporations.
This will make it possible to make important strategic decisions for humanity, based on a new spiritual and moral level of realizing the real power of the entire Society, consisting of ordinary people.
Everyone’s opinion is of paramount importance and your direct participation can seriously change the vector of human development for the better.