Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine Davyd Makarian with the Deputy Ambassador of France to Ukraine Floran Doba and the Head of the Economic Department of the Embassy of the French Republic in Ukraine Vincent Prengo discussed the launch of the investment project for the supply of drinking water to Mariupol.
Davyd Makarian thanked the Government of France for its support to Ukraine and highlighted the importance of the pilot project “Modernization of the water supply system of Mariupol”, which is designed to provide residents of Mariupol and nearby settlements with high-quality drinking water. He informed that in order to successfully launch the project, the Ministry and the Mariupol City Council held a series of consultations with experts authorized to realize the project from the Government of France, in particular for the construction of a plant for the purification and disinfection of water. Deputy Minister reported that for further implementation of the project the relevant amendments have already been made to the State Budget of Ukraine for 2020.
Vincent Prengo also thanked the Ukrainian side for fruitful cooperation. He noted that a preferential loan provided by the Government of France should cover all expenses for the implementation of the project for the supply of drinking water to Mariupol.
The priority steps needed to expedite the start of construction of the plant were discussed during the meeting. In particular, they talked about the establishment of processes in the sphere of engineering, procurement of technical equipment, construction, remuneration and monitoring. A specific emphasis was given to the creation of new workplaces for Ukrainians. In this regard, it was noted that the existing local working potential should be assessed.
The participants of the meeting expressed readiness to facilitate the signing of the necessary agreements and financial agreements between all parties in Ukraine and France in order to expedite the launch of the project on provision of the drinking water to Mariupol.
Intergovernmental Agreement on the official support of France to the investment project in the field of drinking water was signed in January 2019, the Framework Agreement was ratified in 4 months.
“As a result of this meeting, a draft decree on the use of funds has been forwarded for approval and further signing of the Subloan Agreement. The preferential loan worth EUR 64 million is provided by the Government of France – for 30 years with a 10-year grace period and at a rate of 0.08% annual interest,” emphasized Makarian.
As previously reported, the project “Modernization of the water supply system of Mariupol” is designed to solve the issues of using an alternative water supply, minimizing water losses and improving its quality for half-million community of Mariupol.