Last year, on October 29, 2019, business representatives and Ukrainian state officials gathered in Mariupol for the Mariupol Investment Forum, aimed at showcasing the city and eastern Ukraine to international audiences. During the forum, twelve memoranda were inked with international partners and investors and Ukrainian regions and companies to pave the way for massive investments, furthering rehabilitation plans and prospects for the region. Did these agreements amount to anything concrete? Following this Forum, it is essential to continue the conversation about a path forward for the Donbas, including how to rebuild and bring investment to the region. Ukraine’s roads, railways, water delivery, and ports in eastern Ukraine all need attention. How can we showcase and utilize assets in the Donbas to bolster development and resilience? How does a region known globally for conflict chart a new, constructive path forward? How can Ukraine convince foreign investors to invest in a war-torn region with dodgy courts?
Gennadiy Chyzhykov, president of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and former head of the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce; Yevhen Hlibovytsky, founder of ProMova; Dr. Alvydas Medalinskas, deputy chairman of Donbas Gates; and Jock Mendoza-Wilson, director of International and Investor Relations at Systems Capital Management, discuss priorities for investment and rebuilding the Donbas. Journalist Nataliya Gumenyuk moderates the discussion.
Russian aggression in Ukraine
Europe in crisis
Since the start of conflict in Ukraine’s east in 2014, diplomatic efforts to end the violence are still punctuated by episodes of military confrontation. In 2021, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that if an easy solution to the war existed, someone would have found it already. With more than 1.4 million people displaced and over 13,000 dead, the Normandy Format discussions have made little progress. In 2021, over 100,000 Russian military forces amassed on Ukraine’s border and in occupied Crimea, escalating tensions and leading to a series of high-stakes talks in early 2022.
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