The Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladyslav Kryklii held a working meeting with representatives of the Turkish company Gulermak today, December 22. The parties discussed the prospects of possible cooperation in the implementation of large-scale investment projects in Ukraine in the field of infrastructure and transport.
The event was attended by Gulermak’s CEO Burak Vardan, other representatives of the company and the Ukrainian Ministry.
Vladyslav Kryklii noted that Ukraine is interested in developing mutually beneficial investment cooperation with Turkey and already has a successful experience of cooperation with Turkish companies, so we wish to further develop this cooperation. He invited representatives of Gulermak company to participate in large-scale investment projects in the transport sector of Ukraine and shared the Ministry's plans for the future.
Thus, one of the priority activities of the Ministry is the implementation of promising public-private partnership projects. Vladyslav Kryklii said that the Government of Ukraine has already approved a list of priority investment projects for the state for the next 3 years, and 40% of this list are projects in the field of infrastructure and transport. In the road sector, it is the construction of a new Ring Road around Kyiv and a new bridge across the Southern Bug in Mykolayiv, the laying of the upper asphalt layer on the H-31 Dnipro-Reshetylivka highway and the repair of 10 more promising sections of roads. In particular, those are previously selected objects for the implementation of potential PPP pilot projects under the First Program of Public-Private Partnership in the Road Industry: http://roadppp.in.ua.
According to Vladyslav Kryklii, the preparation of the next concession projects in the maritime sector in the ports of the Chornomorsk, Berdyansk, Odesa and Izmail is underway. A preliminary feasibility study for the project in the Belhorod-Dnistrovsky Sea Port 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 fund the modernization of navigable locks on the Dnipro to increase their capacity.
Meanwhile, the Ministry continues to prepare PPP projects in the railway sector. Among the priorities are the development of port railway infrastructure, electrification of the Kovel-Yagodyn-State Border and Kovel-Izov-State Border sections, construction of the Mostyska-Sknyliv track and purchase of electric freight locomotives to upgrade Ukrzaliznytsia's rolling stock.
The list of promising projects in Ukraine also includes the construction of a new airport in Zakarpattia and the reconstruction of 13 more regional airports in Cherkasy, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Kherson, Vinnytsia, Odesa, Dnipro, Poltava, Rivne, Sumy, Kryvyy Rih, Mykolaiv and Zhytomyr.