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  • Statement by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal at Government session
    Communications Department of the Secretariat of the CMU, posted 18 July 2023 16:36

    Dear colleagues, fellow Ukrainians!

    russia has tried and is still trying to provoke an energy crisis, a migration crisis, and a food crisis in Europe and the world.

    Despite the full-scale war, Ukraine has been and remains one of the guarantors of global food security.

    Our farmers have already conducted two successful sowing campaigns in incredible conditions. Now we have started harvesting the second crop during this period of full-scale aggression. The harvest is underway in 22 regions. We have already harvested over 2 million tonnes of grain. Most of it is in Mykolaiv and Odesa regions.

    I am grateful to the farmers for their dedicated work. It is very important for the stability of our country.

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    The Government is constantly focused on supporting the agricultural sector. In 2023, farmers have already received about UAH 42 billion in bank loans under various support programmes, including almost UAH 26 billion under the 5-7-9 soft loan programme. Most of them were granted in Kyiv, Vinnytsia and Kirovohrad regions. We continue to provide grants for planting new gardens and building greenhouses under the eRobota programme. We have already allocated more than UAH 300 million to businesses in this area.

    An important element of support for our agricultural complex will be the restoration of irrigation systems in the South of Ukraine. The Kakhovka HPP has played and will continue to play an important role in this regard.

    Today, the Government is adopting a resolution on a pilot project to start rebuilding the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant, which was blown up by the russians.

    The project will last for two years. In the first stage, we will design all the engineering structures and prepare the necessary basis for the restoration. The second stage will begin after the de-occupation of the territories where the hydroelectric power plant is located. It involves the actual construction work.

    The project will be coordinated by the Ministry of Economy, and the client will be the state-owned company Ukrhydroenergo. The decision to prepare for the restoration was made after consultations with experts and specialists. The rebuilding of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant will increase Ukraine’s economic potential in both the agricultural and energy sectors.

    Another condition for the development of the agricultural sector is the rapid demining of agricultural land.

    So far, more than 160,000 hectares have been surveyed. This is more than a third of the land that we plan to return to agricultural use as a matter of priority.

    We are engaging partners in humanitarian demining, strengthening the capacity of operators, obtaining new equipment and working on testing the latest technologies. Currently, we are focusing on identifying the least contaminated areas, quickly clearing them of mines and shells, and handing them over to farmers for cultivation.

    Another prerequisite for the growth of the agricultural sector is fast logistics.

    Since the first days of the full-scale war, russia has been blockading Ukrainian Black Sea ports. Thanks to a trilateral agreement with Turkey and the UN, the Grain Initiative has been in place for almost a year. During this time, Ukraine has been able to export more than 33 million tonnes of agricultural products to 45 countries. But now russia is trying to disrupt this initiative and provoke a new food crisis in the world.

    President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy has already sent official letters to the President of Turkey and the UN Secretary-General. We propose to continue the operation of the Grain Initiative in a trilateral format. This will help save millions of people from hunger and ensure global food security.

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    All this time, Ukraine has been actively developing alternative logistics – across the western border with the EU. More than 60% of Ukraine’s exports today go to the European Union, so this is a strategic direction for us.

    Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, we have opened two new checkpoints on the border with Romania and a checkpoint using temporary infrastructure on the border with Poland. We are expanding and upgrading access roads and the railway, and we have introduced an electronic queuing mechanism that saves time for people and businesses. We are considering joint customs and border control with the EU countries.

    The second important logistics area is the Danube cluster: the ports of Izmail, Ust-Dunaisk and Reni. During the full-scale war, they have tripled their cargo traffic and have huge development potential. We are working to increase its capacity. In particular, through private investment and public-private partnerships.

    We have seen positive developments in the energy sector. For the first time, Ukraine imported electricity from Poland via a modernised interstate power transmission line. It was launched in May by Ukrenergo specialists and their Polish counterparts. On Sunday, the line added 800 MW of capacity to the Ukrainian power system during the evening peak. This is an important element of our energy resilience.

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    To develop and restore our economy, we continue privatisation reform. We also plan to launch large-scale privatisation.

    Today we are improving the procedure for holding electronic auctions. Large-scale privatisation will be open, competitive and beneficial for all parties: for the state, for the business community and for employees.

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    We are continuing our recovery in all areas. The Government is finalising the regulatory framework for the systemic reconstruction of hromadas and regions.

    We are approving the procedure defining the criteria for a territory of recovery. This is the territory where hostilities took place, the territory that was fully or partially occupied, the territory where critical and social infrastructure facilities and housing were destroyed, and the territory with a significant population displacement.

    Second, we are creating a mechanism to develop, implement and monitor the implementation of recovery plans for communities and regions. These plans must include tasks and measures, financial needs and possible sources of funding, performance indicators, and a list of specific projects.

    We provide local authorities with a clear algorithm of actions and count on them to work quickly and efficiently. The speed of recovery depends on the synergy of efforts at all levels of government. That is, the quality of life of millions of people and the prospects for Ukrainians returning home from abroad.

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    I am grateful to everyone who is making Ukraine’s victory and change possible.

    Thank you for your attention! Glory to Ukraine!

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