On Monday Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman chaired
a meeting to tackle issues of support for the production of specialized trucks
and equipment in Ukraine.
Participants of the meeting discussed the needs of the state
in motor vehicles, main problems arising in the process of their exploitation,
as well as the possibility of increasing the production of necessary equipment
in Ukraine and its localization.
"We must create added value and jobs in Ukraine. Given
that the state has a big demand for machines, I think that our machine
engineering should not be outside this process. We should provide strong
support for the mechanical engineering. I'm not going to lobby for a particular
manufacturer, I am going to lobby for localization. The
maximum we are buying today as the state, thereby ensuring the development of
our country, should be purchased from a range of products of Ukrainian origin -
those products that provide the Ukrainian citizens with workplaces," said
the Head of the Government at the beginning of the meeting.
Minister stressed the need to ensure high localization referring to the
purchase of all products necessary for Ukraine. Apart from that, it is vital to
guarantee relevant quality, competitive price, warranty service, stable
delivery and other services, highlighted Volodymyr Groysman.
not going to lobby for any manufacturer in Ukraine,
I'm going to lobby for the domestic manufacturer. For me it is fundamentally
important. If we let currency leakage from Ukraine, undermine the stability of
the national currency, we start to feed the economies of other countries - it's
not my choice," said the Prime Minister.
to him, it is crucial to change the model when Ukraine buys products from
abroad, thereby remaining a mere supplier of raw materials.
Groysman noted that the country in particular badly needs communal, military
equipment, locomotives and carriages for Ukrzaliznytsia.
that for the purchase of equipment by Ukravtodor for
cleaning arterial roads in 2017 there are allocated UAH 250 million, the sum
worth UAH 600 million is planned for the purchase of firefighting and rescue
equipment for the SES. Moreover, the funding worth UAH 500 million was budgeted
for the purchase of agricultural machinery.
noted that in the framework of financial decentralization local budgets have relevant
resources to purchase necessary equipment.
Minister also reminded that the Government had established a National Industry
“It is of
great magnitude and importance for us to make such a pool to load our enterprise
with work. For me localization is topmost”, he said.
results of the discussion, the Prime Minister set the task to develop the flow
chart containing the needs of government agencies in the purchase of equipment,
productive capacities and determining economic benefits from saving of the
State budget and creating new jobs.
in our equipment, we return [money –ed.] to the budget and reinvest it in the
quality of lives of the people”, said Volodymyr Groysman. “My position is
statist. I want people having jobs, getting wages, while the economy developing.”
was attended by First Vice Prime Minister/ Minister of Economic Development and
Trade of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv,
Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Kistion, leadership
of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Emergency
Service, PJSC Motor Roads of Ukraine, representatives of the National Industry
Development Committee, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade,
representatives of companies producing equipment.