Lviv, Ukraine (November 20-21, 2014) – A conference entitled “Developing Best European Practices of Inter-municipal Cooperation in the Solid Waste Management Sector in Ukraine” took place in Lviv, where representatives of the local and central government, businesses and the donor community discussed how the impact of proposed legislative changes by the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services will affect private investments in the waste management sector. Participants also shared international and Ukrainian experiences in the solid waste management.
The event was jointly organized by Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Public Private Partnership Development Program (P3DP), the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ), and the Swiss-Ukrainian project “Decentralization Support in Ukraine” (DESPRO).
When opening the Conference, Deputy Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Mr. Andriy Bilousov highlighted: “Ukraine needs investments and private sector participation in all aspects of waste management to improve services and protect the environment. The private sector has the resources needed to introduce modern technology and management, and change consumer and industry habits to increase recycling and protect the environment.“
“The partnership with the private sector is key for the modernization and development of the solid waste management” – said Jed Barton, USAID Regional Mission for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova Director. – Private companies have the resources, management experience and technical knowledge in order to protect the environment and provide better services more efficiently.
“Decentralization reform requires special attention of local authorities to development projects. One form of such projects is public-private partnerships. In order for the projects to be economically sustainable, it is important for the central government to introduce the right tariff policy to stimulate long-term private investment, for example, in the sector of solid waste management.” said Tetyana Korotka, Director of Professional Services of the USAID Public Private Partnership Development Program.
The USAID Public Private Partnership Development Program provides assistance to the Government of Ukraine in improving the legal environment for PPPs, increasing the capacity of authorities to develop and manage PPPs, and provides assistance in all stages of preparation and implementation of PPP pilot projects.
The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), have provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for 50 years. In Ukraine, USAID’s assistance focuses on three areas: Health and Social Transition, Economic Growth and Democracy and Governance. USAID has provided technical and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine since 1992. For additional information about USAID programs in Ukraine, please call USAID’s Development Outreach and Communications Office at: +38 (044) 521-5741. You may also visit our website: http://ukraine.usaid.gov or our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/USAIDUkraine.