A French company operating in rail transport markets Alstom expresses readiness to launch a strategic partnership with Ukraine and sees our country as a potential production hub of European level. This was stated during a meeting of Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman with the CEO of the Alstom Group Henri Poupart-Lafarge. Last year, Alstom opened its office in Ukraine, and now the company's key interest is in joint implementation of the project to renew the electric locomotive fleet of Ukrzaliznytsya PJSC and to include Ukrainian manufacturers of components for the railway engineering industry to the global Alstom supply network.
"I express satisfaction with the development of our relations with France at the political level. And now we are observing a growing interest by French business in cooperation with Ukraine. We welcome it, we support it," said Volodymyr Groysman.
"We truly appreciate the fact of our negotiations, and we offer apart from the purchase of our products, also the deployment of technical maintenance facilities and localization of production," said Henri Poupart-Lafarge. "We see Ukraine as a potentially interesting market. You have every opportunity to become a production base of European scale. Definitely, we are well aware of the amount of work that we have ahead, but we came with the desire to start a strong and long-lasting partnership. Ukraine has exceptional economic, geographic and political advantages."
The Head of Government stressed that in cooperation with Alstom Ukraine is mostly interested in the aspect of production localization. And the preliminary term - 10 years to achieve 50% localization - can be accelerated.
"The issues pertaining to the localization of production are incredibly important for us. We are interested not only in maintenance but also in full-scale production. I agree that Ukraine has huge potential. We have a high-quality and competitive workforce. If we identify model of our strategic cooperation, this will enable us to define both financial issues and possibility to bring the current agreements to the intergovernmental level", Volodymyr Groysman emphasized.
In this context the Prime Minister invited French partners to engage in work with Ukrzaliznytsya experts on a strategic rail transport agreement as well as to consider municipal projects for the renewal of transport networks.
"We will continue our dialogue. The sooner we shape a concrete action plan, the faster we will move towards success", the Head of Government stressed.
There are about 180 French companies currently operating in Ukraine. A range of their interests encapsulates trade, production of equipment, wind power. Last year, these relations were strengthened by signing an agreement between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and Airbus Helicopters on the supply of 55 helicopters for the needs of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, the National Police of Ukraine, the National Guard of Ukraine and the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.
Alstom is a French multinational company operating worldwide in rail transport markets and a world leader in integrated transport systems. Alstom offers a complete range of solutions (from high-speed trains to metros, tramways and e-buses), passenger solutions, customised services (maintenance, modernisation), infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions.