With the support of international partners the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine is working on the preparation of a number of public-private partnership (PPP) projects in the road sector. Their implementation will allow to rehabilitate and upgrade the Ukrainian road network much faster and to maintain the entire infrastructure in the future.
It was emphasized by Vladyslav Krykliy, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, during a meeting with representatives of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The purpose of the meeting was to identify priority pilot projects in order to attract private investment in roads’ rehabilitation and maintenance.
‘This year we have received a peak funding of over UAH 100 billion for road rehabilitation in Ukraine. It will allow us to rehabilitate more than 4,000 km of national roads and more than 2,000 km of local roads. Despite the pandemic and the crisis, the Great Road Construction has not stopped. Currently, repair works are being performed on more than 4,000 km of roads across the country, 1,500 km of roads already have a fully completed upper layer. However, even these major changes are not sufficient for a full-scale rehabilitation to create a modern and high quality road network. That is why we are working together with international partners to attract private investment in large-scale road projects and implement perspective PPP projects,’ stated Vladislav Krykliy.
Therefore, according to the Minister, 6 road segments with a total length of 1,500 km have been already selected for potential PPP pilot projects. They are planned to be implemented during 2020-2022. The amount of investment is estimated at US$ 2 billion approximately.
During the event participants reviewed the presentation of Road PPP Program, purpose of which is to engage the private sector investment through PPP contracts.
The above-mentioned 6 segments were identified to perform pre-feasibility analysis by the World Bank and IFC consultants.
Another 12 road segments were also discussed during the meeting. These segments are recommended to be included in the Road PPP Program for 2020-2023 and further joint steps for the successful implementation of this program.
The event was attended by Deputy Ministers of Infrastructure Oleh Yushchenko and Natalia Forsyuk, Head of Ukravtodor Oleksandr Kubrakov, Head of the SPILNO PPP Project Office Taras Boichuk, consultants and specialists from the World Bank, IFC, representatives of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Reform Support Team.