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.
Waging peace in Eastern Ukraine
Following more than five years of conflict in Ukraine’s east, the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany convened in Paris on December 9 to try to find a lasting peaceful solution to the war in eastern Ukraine. With more than 1.4 million people displaced and over 13,000 dead, the leaders of the Normandy Format nations of France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine, met most recently in December 2019 to negotiate solutions to the conflict. However, diplomatic efforts to end the conflict are still punctuated by episodes of military confrontation in Donbas.
Mon, Jul 13, 2020
Moscow has sought to justify the war in eastern Ukraine by claiming it historically belongs within the “Russian World”, but this ignores the region’s deep Ukrainian roots and cosmopolitan heritage.
Thu, Jul 9, 2020
A climate of confusion over coronavirus-related checkpoint crossing procedures is creating havoc and adding to the hardships of civilians living close to the front lines of the Russo-Ukrainian War.
Wed, May 27, 2020
For the estimated 1.4 million Ukrainians internally displaced by Putin’s war, the past six years have brought traumatic change. These IDPs are now facing the further challenge of the coronavirus pandemic.
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