What global changes in the infrastructure should business expect in 2017? The EBA business community managed to receive the answers to this and other questions directly from Volodymyr Omelian, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine. Mr. Omelian shared plans of the Ministry for the next year and outlined the priorities for the development of rail, sea, road and air transport.
This year the Ministry will concentrate on the following key issues to favour doing business in Ukraine:
1. Addressing problems of transport operators and logistics by finding new approaches and cooperation with the World Bank
2. Further steps in the development of river transport, the adoption of the legislative basis for its development and market liberalization
3. Further preparations for the concession of ports, preparation for potential concession of other infrastructure objects
4. New approaches to the state procurement
5. Further steps towards creating a fair and competitive business environment and favourable conditions for attracting investments in infrastructure
The Minister told in more details about the prospects of each transport industry. Thus, in the rail sector, the Ministry plans to accomplish the corporatization of Ukrzaliznytsia, increase the competitiveness of Ukrainian transit, and improve the quality of transportation. Marine industry already has undergoing reforms – the new Acting Head of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority was appointed recently. Soon the Maritime Administration will be establish and administrative port fees and tariffs will be reduced. The river sector is waiting for the adoption of the basic legislation for its development and liberalization of the market, conduction of dredging operations. Among the highlights of the road sector – changes in the Ukravtodor’s management, implementation of EU regulations and standards, change in the philosophy of inter-regional road transportation and licensing, strengthening the control and safety requirements. Aviation was very successful last year as the passenger traffic growth was almost 30%. The certification of «Antonov» aircraft in the EU and in the world, launching of new low-cost operators in the Ukrainian market, reforming domestic flights are also on the roadmap.
We wish good luck to the Ministry in the implementation of these ambitious plans and are ready to get involved at every stage to facilitate the development of infrastructure and improve business climate in Ukraine.