Volodymyr Omelyan, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine met with representatives of Canadian business
On April 15, 2019, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan met with representatives of Canadian business. Raivis Veckagans, the head of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, Taras Boichuk, head of the SPILNO Public-Private Partnership Project Office and others were also attended the meeting.
The participants of the meeting discussed potential public-private partnership projects in Ukraine. In particular, Volodymyr Omelyan informed the Canadian side about two pilot projects in the maritime sector that will be implemented this year.
"We are launching two concession projects in our sea ports - Olvia and Kherson. We want to start with these two ports and then extend the experience on other Ukrainian ports. For us is important to be sure that objects we transfer to the concession will be in reliable and responsible hands. Moreover, together with the International Finance Corporation, we are developing the possibility of a concession for one or two state airports - Boryspil or Lviv, plus 2-3 regional airports, as one investment package. The same opportunity is being considered with the concession of railway stations and potentially - roads", - the head of the Ministry noted.
Volodymyr Omelyan also emphasized that all the feasibility studies were developed by the Ministry of Infrastructure with the support of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the EBRD and other international partners.
Michael Yurkovich, representative of the Canadian business noted that interest from Canadian investors to Ukraine is extremely high and infrastructure is among the top priorities. He also said that in the near future 3-4 projects will be selected, of which at least one or two they would like to implement in 2020-2021.
Volodymyr Omelyan noted that Ukraine already has a positive experience of cooperation with global companies, in particular with General Electric, and wants to repeat this experience with Canadian rolling stock manufacturers: "We have all the opportunities for successful cooperation. The market of freight and passenger transportation is booming. We broke the ice and now it is important not to lose the pace. Despite the election period, we will support the eurointegration and pro-Western course in Ukrainian infrastructure", - Volodymyr Omelyan emphasized.
The meeting participants also exchanged views on the preparations for the International Conference on Reforms in Ukraine, which will be held on July 2-4 in Toronto (Canada).