Today, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has opened its office in Ukraine. There has already been appointed head of the office, a number of important projects are being implemented in such areas as the development of southern part of Ukraine, port and road infrastructure, bridges construction, and household waste management, in particular, the project for the reconstruction of Bortnychi aeration station with the loan being the largest in the utilities sector in Eastern Europe and having unique financial conditions.
Vice Prime Minister/Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko made a statement during the ceremony of opening of the JICA office in Ukraine.
"The inauguration of the JICA office in Ukraine is a significant political step and another economic stage in the relations between our countries. For Ukraine both political support for the territorial integrity of the country and economic assistance for infrastructure development are equally important. We have embarked on discussion a possibility of introducing large-scale infrastructure innovation projects in Kyiv, Dnipro and Kharkiv", said Hennadii Zubko.
According to him, back in 1947 Japan introduced a decentralization reform, providing opportunities for the development of regions in the country, which is a useful expertise for Ukraine. "Therefore, for us, the experience of Japan is valuable. Local budgets amounting to 200 billion hryvnias will accelerate the implementation of infrastructure and high-tech projects in Ukraine," said Hennadii Zubko.
He expressed gratitude to the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine Shigeki Sumy for the cooperation with the Government of Ukraine. "It is really promising to invest in Ukraine today. It can generate benefit both for the state and our international partners expressing readiness to cooperate with us", summed up Hennadii Zubko.