On December 23, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladyslav Kryklii held a working meeting with the World Bank Regional Country Director for Eastern Europe (Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine) Arup Banerji. The parties discussed topical issues related to the logistics strategy, as well as the progress of implementation of projects in the road, railway, maritime and aviation sectors of Ukraine.
Participating in the event were also Deputy Minister of Infrastructure for European Integration Natalia Forsyuk, representatives of the Ministry, the World Bank and the Reform Support Team at the Ministry of Infrastructure.
Vladyslav Kryklii announced Ukraine's achievements in the implementation of the first concession projects in the maritime sector - the transfer of the ports of Olvia and Kherson with a total investment of about $ 134 million. Meanwhile, the Ministry is preparing the following concession projects in the ports of Berdyansk, Odesa, Izmail and Chornomorsk. A preliminary feasibility study for the project in the Belgorod-Dnistrovsky seaport has also been developed and adopted, and the search for financing concession projects in the ports of Mariupol and Reni continues. In addition, the Ministry is seeking technical assistance to further finance the modernization of navigable locks on the Dnipro to increase their capacity.
The participants also discussed the preparation of PPP projects in the railway, aviation and road sectors. Thus, the team of World Bank consultants assists the Ministry of Infrastructure in developing the National Road Program of Ukraine in order to structure, conduct tenders and implement PPP projects for modernization, maintenance and operation of the road network.
The result of this work is the selection of 6 road sections with a total length of 1400 km for the implementation of potential PPP pilot projects under the First Program of Public-Private Partnership in the Road Industry: http://roadppp.in.ua.
In addition to those, priority projects for the Government of Ukraine are also the construction of a new Ring Road around Kyiv and a new bridge across the Southern Bug in Mykolayiv, laying of the upper asphalt layer on the H-31 Dnipro-Reshetylivka highway and repair of 4 more promising sections of roads.
In addition, the Ministry plans to install high-speed electric charging stations on the country's national roads and, with the participation of local state administrations, to ensure the gradual replacement of motor vehicles with electric vehicles.
At the same time, a joint project with the EIB, Ukraine Urban Public Transport I, is being actively implemented in cities across the country, replacing obsolete public transport with new and modern vehicles. The Ministry is actively preparing for the implementation of the second phase of this project called Ukraine Urban Public Transport FL II. This time it envisages the replacement of exceptionally electric public transport - electric buses, trolleybuses, trams, subway cars.
The participants of the event summed up the results of the meeting and agreed to continue the active implementation of joint infrastructure projects in various fields next year.