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        14 February 2018, 11:50
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Our main task during the implementation of concession projects is to attract strategic investors through the transparent contests, - Volodymyr Omelyan

14 February 2018, 11:50

The main task of our team during the implementation of concession and other public-private partnership projects is to attract strategic investors to Ukraine through the transparent contests. Volodymyr Omelyan, the Minister of Infrastructure, stated the above during a meeting with Bozidar Djelic, the Managing Director of the “Lazard” company, the Head of the company for the CEE countries, the CIS, Greece and Turkey. The meeting was held on February 13. Oleksandr Bilchuk, the Head of the State Aviation Service and representatives of the Reform Support Team at Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine also took part in the event.

Bozidar Djelic has a long-standing political experience as Minister of Finance and Economy,Deputy Prime Minister for European Integrationand the Minister of Science and Technological Development in the Government of Serbia. He also worked as reforms advisor to the Governments of Poland, Romania and other countries, and is a recognized expert in realization of privatization and concession projects.Thus, with his participation, the Belgrade airport concession provided a record amount of revenues, which exceeded the expectations in several times. Currently, Bozidar Djelic works with Naftogaz of Ukraine.

Volodymyr Omelyan, the Minister of Infrastructure emphasized that the current priority projects are public-private partnership of Ukraine’s airports, construction of the Lviv-Kyiv-Odesa high-speed railway and concession of ports.“Our goal is to cooperate with the world - top companies. We have 19 airports, one third of which belongs to the municipal authorities.I think that local authorities would be happy to cooperate and give such objects for concessions. Now we are working on the reconstruction of Dnipro, Zaporizhia and Kryvyi Rih airports.We are also developing a project of Lviv-Kyiv-Odesa high-speed railway.A fast Kiev - Odessa connection is topical now and this demand will only grow.Such high-speed connection will bring the colossal changes.Also, two ports are preparing for the concession: Olvia and Kherson. There is a huge interest of investors from the EU, China, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.They see in Ukraine a great potential and opportunities for the new Silk Road”.

Volodymyr Omelyan highlighted the unique opportunities of Ukraine - the large deposits of lithium, which will ensure the success of investments in the field of electric cars production: “We are currently developing a relevant draft law. And this will be the best law in Europe. I believe in the possibility of producing electric cars and batteries in Ukraine”.

Bozidar Djelic noted that now is a good moment for the concession projects implementation, the world is ready to invest in Ukraine, and Lazard is ready to work together with the Ministry of Infrastructure.

The Ministry of Infrastructure, with the help of Lazard, will prepare prefeasibility studies for public-private partnership projects in the field of infrastructure. Mr. Djelic’s experience will be useful for attracting strategic investors to Ukraine.