Legrant at the first British-Ukrainian Maritime Infrastructure Forum

March 23, 2018 · News

Tatyana Titarenko, managing partner of the law firm Legrant, took part in the first British-Ukrainian Maritime Infrastructure Forum, that was held on March 22-23 in Odessa.

The forum brought together key representatives of the port business, state and local authorities, business associations, financial and consulting institutions of Ukraine and the UK. The event was attended by the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladimir Omelyan, the head of the Odessa Regional State Administration Maxim Stepanov, the Deputy Ambassador of Great Britain in Ukraine Helen Feyzi, the head of the USPA Raivis Veckagans, the head of the EBRR representative office in Ukraine Shevki Ajuner and others. The forum was organized by the British Embassy in Ukraine with the support of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine.

The forum participants discussed the latest trends of the port industry of Ukraine, the experience of European countries in reforming and financing of the infrastructure sector, engineering, design, consulting, and attracting investments in the port industry.

In particular, the Deputy Ambassador of Great Britain in Ukraine, Helen Fazey noted that British business sees significant opportunities for the development of export and import opportunities of Ukraine and it's economy as a whole. “We are here because we see that this to be an extremely big opportunity. British companies have extremely extensive experience in these matters starting from port design and up to financial, legal, as well as security issues. I am very pleased to see a large number of British companies to be presented in this forum, and I hope that this will lead to close cooperation between British companies and Ukrainian ports, ”- she said.

In turn, Volodymyr Omelyan, the Minister of Infrasructure, noted that the seaports of Ukraine are the most attractive asset for concession investments in Ukraine. He added that already in May-June of that year, the State Property Fund of Ukraine would hold a tender for the “container part of the port“ Chernomorsk ”, which would initiate the development of Ukrainian ports in the form of a concession.