In Focus (#11 November 2019)

Sense of Urgency

Ukraine’s place at the transportation routes between Europe and Asia, the Baltic States and the Black Sea region is just part of its truly amazing potential. Naturally, our country should be an international transportation hub but, unfortunately, it isn’t.

A lot has been said and written about the critical obsolescence of the country’s infrastructure and Ukraine’s inability to face rapidly evolving societal challenges.

The new National Transport Strategy of Ukraine 2030 provides a comprehensive framework to boost development of the sector. Given the sense of urgency and recent legislative initiatives, the transport and infrastructure sector is likely to be dramatically pursued for transformation in coming years.

Substantial changes should take place in Ukrainian ports and terminals. The new law regulating concessions became effective in October. This is a good sign for international investors seeking to unblock a public-private partnership. Moreover, two pilot concession tenders for Kherson and Olvia ports are already being conducted according to the new regulation.

Aviation has been driven by the visa-free regime with the EU, and there is an ambitious plan for Ukraine to become an airline transit hub. So our conversation with cover story expert Dr. Anna Tsirat definitely revealed crucial pitfalls undermining these ambitions at operational level.

The liberalization of the rail transport market is another sphere where we may see significant changes soon.

 

Happy reading,
Olga Usenko

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