The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine is interested in cooperation with the Belgian port of Ghent in the field of concession projects in the port industry, as well as in providing advisory and other professional support to foreign colleagues – February 10, 2021 This was said by the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladyslav Krykliy during his visit to the Port of Ghent, which took
place as part of a working trip of a government delegation led by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmygal to Brussels. “One of the priority areas of the Ministry’s activity is the implementation of promising infrastructure projects involving public-private partnership mechanisms. And we already have successful examples of such cooperation. This is the transfer to the concession of the first seaports of Olbia and Kherson with a total investment of about $134 million. Therefore, we continue to prepare the next investment projects in the maritime and other industries and would be very grateful for your professional assistance and support in the development of Ukrainian ports”, said Vladyslav Krykliy. Among the potential areas of cooperation with the port of Ghent, the Minister noted: development of the network of inland waterways and inland multimodal transport;design and implementation of modern port communication systems;operation and maintenance of gateways;availability of seaports and effective management of port traffic;port dues;priority in port development;effective management of river berths. Vladyslav Krykliy also met with the representatives of the port with plans and initiatives of the Ministry in the implementation of PPP projects and further reform of the industry. Ghent is the second largest port in Belgium, located at the mouth of the rivers Scheldt and Fox and connected to the sea by a 32-kilometer artificial canal. The port handles such imported cargoes as iron ore, coal, pulp, oil, grain, as well as export – products of the steel and metallurgical industries, refined petroleum products, cement. The total volume of sea freight at the port of Ghent is 24 million tons.Ghent has state-of-the-art equipment for loading and unloading cargo and the largest grain receiving terminal in Western Europe. Source: Government of Ukraine
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