The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine held a meeting on market assessment research within the pilot project of the concession of passenger stations of Kharkiv, Dnipro, Vinnytsia, Khmelnytsky, Mykolaiv, Chop, Kyiv.
Testing the interest of international and local investors according to different transaction grouping scenarios for pilot stations is important for further decisions on the next steps of the project, including writing a concept note and feasibility study.
The Ministry of Infrastructure expects productive cooperation with investors who are interested in the development of modern railway infrastructure and the implementation of promising public-private partnership projects in Ukraine.
"We expect large international players who have relevant experience in station management and are willing to invest. As well as local investors. All stakeholders will benefit: the state and local authorities will get additional jobs and taxes, concession fees; Ukrzaliznytsia - loss reduction, renewal and development of infrastructure; investor - profit; consumers - a qualitatively new public space, as well as new services and additional comfort. I am grateful to our constant international partners for the technical assistance provided in preparing a study to assess the readiness of the concession of the first 7 pilot stations and the market analysis. This will allow us to better understand the specifics and nuances of future projects and prepare for their actual implementation," the Minister explained.
According to Vladyslav Kryklii, the Ministry considers the stations of Kyiv and Vinnytsia to be the first potential concessions, and it has also been decided to prepare pre-feasibility studies for concessions for passenger stations in Lviv and Odesa.
As a result of the event, the Ministry of Infrastructure supported further actions regarding the concession of railway stations and the need to group the relevant facilities.
The event was attended by the Program Leader for World Bank's Infrastructure and Sustainable Development programs in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine Baher El-Hifnawi, the Global Infrastructure Fund and the International Finance Corporation, acting Member of the Board of JSC Ukrzaliznytsia Oleksandr Pertsovskyy, representatives of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Reform Support Team, Ukrzaliznytsia.