Results of the roundtable on port industry development
The ports and shipping industry has grown exponentially, currently serving more than 45% of Ukrainian exports, facilitating trade and providing value for the country’s economy. Ukraine will continue to rely upon the shipping and maritime sectors for budget support, employment, and international trade.
However, to further and successfully exploit Ukraine’s export potential, it is essential to overcome regulatory barriers and promote an investor regime that will deliver maximum benefit for the sector. This is an ambitious yet realistic undertaking.
We see both business and government as being committed to working together, encouraging investment, collectively shaping and ensuring the development of the maritime and ports sectors.
For the first time ever, the Ukrainian sea ports forum – a high-level ports industry stakeholders gathering by AMPU and CTS – gave a platform to the leading business association and invited practitioners represented by the EBA and its Logistics Committee to offer powerful insights on current industry trends and form partnerships.
Utilizing the knowledge of expert speakers and practitioners, the government will be better positioned to cultivate the most innovative and investor-friendly environment in ports.
As a result of our practical talks, we will roll out an industry white paper – a complete guide to ports industry concerns, developed by EBA Logistics Committee members. This document will become a starting point for industry transformation – a full and comprehensive guide to help us achieve our ambitious yet realistic undertaking and transform the country’s port industry into a strong and powerful asset.
So, among today’s two key questions were, firstly, ports and maritime industry reform: how to develop investor relationships and support commercial investment. Secondly, ecological checks in ports and how to deal with a complex web of regulations and standards was also in focus.
During the first question the introduction of the Landlord Port model and priorities in determining how to attract investment were discussed. The second considered the issue of canceling the control of isolated ballast, the order of interaction between the State Enterprise AMPU and the State Inspection. In addition, the draft law on the reform of the State Inspection was considered.
For example, the decree (removal of control of isolated ballast) was developed by the Ministry of Economic Development with the purpose of reducing regulatory pressure on business, improving the investment climate, and raising Ukraine’s position in the Doing Business rating. Business has repeatedly stressed the necessity of strict compliance with the legislation in the field of environmental control. For this purpose a package of amendments to the regulatory acts has been developed, it should regulate the issues of selection of “isolated ballast”, in particular, to Resolution No. 269.
Also, it should be noted that this issue is well-known for international partners, insurance clubs, publications, and this all causes indirect damage to the investment attractiveness of our country and negatively affects its image as a maritime state.
However, proper regulation of the issues on the legislative and regulatory levels does not exclude further disregard of norms by the State Inspectorate.
At the same time, business hopes that transparent and understandable rules of work will be created.