On 21 February 2017, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) presented the preliminary analysis of the current state of Ukraine’s infrastructure and prospects of infrastructure facilities development in Kyiv and southern regions of Ukraine.
"We appreciate the support of the Japanese government. We launched cooperation with our Japanese partners last year, and this has been real practical support. We appreciate that JICA focuses on the infrastructure in the regions of southern Ukraine, especially on the construction of Mykolayiv Bridge and reconstruction of Yuzhny Sea Port", Viktor Dovhan, the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, said.
The need to examine the structure of transportation system in the regions of southern Ukraine arose in 2014, after Crimea’s annexation by Russia and the beginning of the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. As a result, some ports, roads and rail connections became unavailable for Ukraine, while the transit from the east to the west – limited.
The Government of Ukraine requested the Government of Japan to provide financial assistance for construction of the bridge near Mykolayiv, which, together with M-14 highway, would strengthen the East-West transit corridor. "Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) prepared an analysis of the project on the construction of Mykolayiv Bridge in 2011. Today however, it requires revision, and JICA has decided to analyze the transportation system in the regions of southern Ukraine," Victor Dovhan said.
JICA officially launched the research in October 2016. On 7 November 2016, first members of the research team came to Ukraine. The delegation included 8 members from various sectors: road, bridge, and port. With the support of the Government of Ukraine and other stakeholders in Ukraine, the research team conducted studies, visited Kyiv and southern regions of Ukraine.
In their previous report, the Japanese experts presented the research findings, which included an overview of national policies, plans, laws and regulations, and institutional reforms; preliminary predictions of traffic; priority projects in road and port sectors.
The draft of final report will be submitted by the end of March 2017, and the final report will be presented at the end of May 2017.