Oleksandr Kubrakov presents strategic directions of reconstruction to G7 ambassadors

Today, February 2, Deputy Prime Minister for Reconstruction of Ukraine – Minister of Municipalities, Territories and Infrastructure Development Oleksandr Kubrakov, Ministry representative and Head of the State Agency for Reconstruction and Infrastructure Development Mustafa Nayem met with ambassadors of the Group of Seven (G7) -Countries.

During the meeting, the strategic directions of recovery for 2023 were presented. The focus is in particular on the restoration of critical infrastructure and the implementation of projects to restore social and economic life in the communities.

“The resumption of economic and social life in the communities and the availability of the necessary infrastructure will be a strong signal for the return of Ukrainians and the development of the country as a whole. We discussed with the G7 officials the possibility of attracting international financial institutions and global companies to finance reconstruction projects.

In addition, we discussed steps to increase the transparency and openness of the reconstruction process. We are interested in an independent audit of the aid and the application of best international procurement practices. We will be grateful to the G7 for their professional and technical support in making it a reality.

In return, we will continue to digitize all processes to minimize corruption risks that may arise during the preparation and implementation of projects.” said Oleksandr Kubrakov.

It is expected that the focus of restoring critical infrastructure will be the restoration and modernization of energy infrastructure and water, heat and gas supply systems in communities.

In the area of ​​housing infrastructure, work on repairing housing using the ePidtrymka mechanism is continuing, and activities are starting to establish a network of reconstruction centers in strategic locations. This is part of the Ukraine is Home project launched by the Department of Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

In addition, the ministry will continue efforts to create a compensation mechanism for destroyed homes, allowing victims to find new homes.

In terms of transport infrastructure, reconstruction is focused on projects to restore transport links to the liberated communities, increase capacity at the western borders and expand export logistics in general.

As for social and administrative infrastructure, the focus in 2023 will be on restoring the facilities badly needed for the normalization of community life. We are talking about schools, hospitals, social institutions, etc.

The parties also discussed demining the occupied territories and Russian sabotage of the grain initiative.

The meeting was attended by Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Matsuda Kuninori of Japan, Bridget Brink of the United States, Etienne de Poncins of France, Pier Francesco Zazo of Italy, as well as representatives of the embassies of Great Britain, Germany, Canada and the EU delegation.

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