This year the government plants to announce several tenders on concession of roads, vice PM Oleksandr Vilkul told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports. 

"For the first time in Ukraine's history we plan to announce this year a number of concession tenders on road building. We are open for any kind of propositions, initiatives and projects," the official said.
Vice PM specified that the Cabinet had worked out a new model of road sector, including the Program of development of automobile roads for 2013-2018.
"We have about 180 thousand kilometers of principle roads. The state will keep about 52 thousand km of main roads, which have logistics potential, under its control, while the financing and management of local roads will be handed over to local authorities (regional administrations and local self-governments) in order to personalize responsibility for every road," Vilkul said.

He also added that the key principle of the state policy in the transport sector is improvement of investment climate, attraction means for development of infrastructure and implementation of innovative models of development.

"Domestic economy in general and the transport sector in particular have high potential of development. Realization of large-scale projects and development of infrastructure will ensure stable jobs and social protection for hundreds of thousands of workers and their families," he underlined.

The official specified that the primary tasks of the sector include renovation of freight car fleet, modernization and electrification of railways, simplification of paperwork, dredging in sea ports for heavy-tonnage vessels' shore connection, construction of modern terminals, renovation of dock-side infrastructure and cranage.
"Ukraine's location in the center of Europe and access to the Black Sea makes our country a transit corridor between the EU and Asia, as well as between Russia and Balkan and Middle Asia countries. Thus, the development of logistic centers is very important for transit potential of the country," the vice PM summed up.


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