Japan is interested in creating a joint venture for production of locomotives in Ukraine. This and other infrastructure projects in which Japanese businesses could participate were discussed on March 31 during a meeting between acting Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelian and the Japanese embassy in Ukraine’s deputy head of mission Michio Harada, the press service of the Ministry of Infrastructure announced.
"The issue of modernization of railway infrastructure has attracted interest from the Japanese side, especially in the context of the prospects for joint production of locomotives in Ukraine," the press service said.
In addition, they described investment projects in the road sector – construction of a bridge over the River Yuzhny Bug in Mykolaiv and construction of a ring road around Kyiv – as potentially interesting.
They also paid attention to cooperation in the area of seaports. A meeting with representatives of Japan International Cooperation Agency’s department of the Middle East and Europe was held in the Ministry of Infrastructure in early March to discuss international technical assistance projects and loans. In particular, they discussed a project of technical assistance in development of seaports through strengthening of institutional capacity and management of ports.
Omelian proposed organizing the work of Japanese experts in the form of establishment of a permanent representative office in Ukraine, which was welcomed by Harada. The Ministry of Infrastructure expects another mission of experts from the Japan International Cooperation Agency to visit Ukraine in April this year for detailed discussion of project proposed by Ukraine.