US EXIM has confirmed its return to Ukraine: among the first projects are locomotives for Ukrzaliznytsia and cooperation in aviation sector, - Volodymyr Omelyan
The Export–Import Bank of the United States has confirmed the resumption of cooperation with Ukraine. Among the first projects are locomotives for Ukrzaliznytsia and cooperation in aviation sector. Volodymyr Omelyan, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, stated the above following a meeting with representatives of the Wabtec Corporation and US EXIM, which was held on July 30, 2019. Representatives of JSC "Ukrzaliznytsia" and the "Ukraine International Airlines" was also attended the meeting.
Volodymyr Omelyan, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, noted the success of the Agreement between General Electric and JSC "Ukrzaliznytsya": "I believe that the contract with General Electric is the most significant agreement that Ukraine has concluded over the past few years with a leading global company. The first stage of the Agreement was successfully completed - Ukrzaliznytsia received 30 locomotives that are already operating in Ukraine. For the first half of 2019, the average daily mileage of diesel locomotives TE33AS was 547 km. This is on 45% more compared to the series of locomotives that perform similar transportation on JSC "Ukrzaliznytsya". Volodymyr Omelyan expressed his hope that the negotiations between Wabtec and other parties involved in the implementation of the project would be successful in order to successfully implementation of the agreement.
Volodymyr Omelyan stressed that the resumption of the activity of the US Export-Import Bank in Ukraine (after a five-year interruption) and the readiness to start cooperation with the joint project of Wabtec Corporation and JSC "Ukrzaliznytsya" is a positive signal for world investors and leading companies.
During the meeting, the Ukraine International Airlines gave to the EXIM Bank the request on leasing Boeing aircraft. Volodymyr Omelyan suggested US EXIM to consider financing of the renewal of the fleet of Ukrainian airlines and noted that the rapid growth of aviation in Ukraine during 2016-2019 requires not only support of western partners, but also the attention of the Government and Parliament. "If we want to keep the growth of the industry and give Ukrainian airlines competitive conditions for the purchase and leasing of new aircraft, we should provide in the state budget support for Ukrainian aviation", - said the Minister of Infrastructure.
The US partners thanked Volodymyr Omelyan, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, for support and cooperation.