On April 19, Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Roman
Vashchuk came to Vinnytsia. He
met with the Chairman of the City Council Pavlo Yablonskyi and visited the Transparent
wondered how feasible for Vinnytsia is decentralization, what possibility of
attracting investment has the city and in what fundamental areas Vinnytsia will
develop in the coming years.
Vinnytsia is one of the partner
cities selected for the implementation of Canadian project PLEDDG, implemented
by the initiative and support of Canada. That is
why this city was one of those that the Ambassador of Canada wanted to visit. In
addition, Roman Vashchuk, who came to Vinnytsia for the first time, said that he
was very interested to see the city, where people are happy with their lives. “Vinnytsia
is known in Ukraine for its good government, and
the International Republican Institute survey we funded confirmed the fact that
Vinnytsia citizens are the happiest city residents in the country,” said Roman
wanted to see how it is, that in a country where everyone is very fond of
complaining, there are people who do not complain and even somewhat satisfied. This is very positive. In addition, I
am also open to new experiences and ideas. I
support the idea that if you go somewhere, it always has points of contact,
which previously were unknown, and from that, you can do something useful”.
Also during the meeting with the Chairman
of the City Council, Ambassador wondered how feasible is decentralization for Vinnytsia.
Yablonskyi said that after the state took the direction of decentralization, Vinnytsia
nowadays already has some progress. This
is especially true in fiscal decentralization, thanks to that the city budget
was increased by more than 300 million UAH, and the further
increase in office is also expected.
Ambassador also said that
at the moment the exchange of goods between Canada and Ukraine is very modest. “Last
year, we prepared an agreement on free trade, and we hope that by the middle of
this year, we will be able to sign it officially and then ratify, so that over
the next year it come to power. On
June 20-21 in Toronto the Canadian-Ukrainian economic forum will be held, and
we invite Vinnytsia companies that can show anything or would like to see what
are the opportunities here,” said Roman Vashchuk.
Today, Canada is engaged in
supporting the new patrol police. Ambassador said that since May they will run Canadian
support involving Canadian police officers who will teach our policemen how to
act in crisis situations.
Roman Vashchuk also interested in
areas of the city development, particularly investors support. Pavlo
Yablonskyi said that the city created a favorable investment climate, and Vinnytsia
is very interested in attracting new investors. Today,
the city is in the process of creation Technology Park, and the authorities are
ready to accompany investors at all stages, because job creation is a priority
for Vinnytsia economic development. However,
the city is interested in industrial development that will not pollute the air.
PLEDDG Regional Coordinator Oksana Bondar noted Vinnytsia program “Budget for Public Initiatives” and said that it is a really good example of community involvement in the city development.
pointed out that Vinnytsia has no Canadian twin city, so the city is interested to work in this direction and get a good partner.