Ukrainian ports may be removed from the list of strategic assets with the aim of subsequently privatizing them. Minister of Infrastructure Andrii Pyvovarskyi announced this at a news briefing in Odessa on Friday, the Interfax Ukraine news agency reports.
"The idea was to remove ports from the list of strategic facilities so that they can become subjects of public-private partnership or other forms of partnership," Pyvovarskyi said when asked about possible privatization of ports.
At the same time, he said that the final decision would be made during discussions within the expert community.
As First Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Shulmeister said in an earlier interview with Interfax Ukraine, the Ministry of Infrastructure is trying to find investors for practically any asset.
"As of today, there are ports that may be of interest to investors, and I am not talking about someone coming alone to express interest. It is a matter of market research and communication with several investors. There are major logistics companies that are interested in entering into long-term relationships in certain parts of ports. We are talking about many forms of cooperation," he said.