The development of infrastructure in Odesa region is a part of the strengthening of national security and economy, - Volodymyr Omelyan
On February 12, 2019, during a working visit to Odesa region, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Volodymyr Omelyan took part in an expanded meeting on the development of the maritime economy of Ukraine, under the chair of the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. The meeting was also attended by Maxim Stepanov, the head of the Odessa regional state administration, Raivis Veckagans, the head of the SE "Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority", Evgen Kravtsov, the chairman of the JSC "Ukrzaliznytsya", port managers, etc.
At the beginning of the meeting, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko noted that, Ukraine was and will remain a maritime state, despite the aggression of Russia: "Russian annexation of Crimea, aggression against our state in the east, occupation of Donbas or aggression against the naval forces of Ukraine in the Kerch Strait and the Black Sea will definitely not change the status of Ukraine as a maritime state, because our presence at sea is crucial. The status of Ukraine as a maritime state will be preserved. Izmail, that has the status of the sea gate of Ukraine - will develop. Ukraine was and will remain a maritime state".
The Minister of Infrastructure thanked the President of Ukraine for the support of the maritime industry and the transport strategy in general: "2017 - 2018 became a breakthrough and allowed to the negative trends in the maritime industry of Ukraine, started in 2012. We increased the traffic flow and stopped the fall of the industry. For Ukraine, the only chance is to compete on the world map of cargo transportation. We can transit huge volumes. And we have proved this more than once in our history. Logistics is among the top 5 priorities of Ukraine, due to which Ukraine will be a full-fledged player on the map of the world ", - Volodymyr Omelyan said.