The Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure jointly with experts from the United States and the Netherlands will begin work on the issue of reform of the Ukrainian maritime industry in October.

This was announced by Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelian, the CFTS portal reports.

Omelian also announced the launch of the process of approval of a draft Cabinet of Ministers resolution on establishment of the State Maritime and River Transport Service of Ukraine - the Maritime Administration. The document will be submitted to the State Civil Service Agency, the Ministry of Economic Development & Trade, the Ministry of Finance, and the State Transport Safety Agency for approval.

"I believe and I will work to ensure that the document is approved and that we obtain an apolitical professional structure that will qualitatively change the operating conditions in this industry and facilitate its growth, attraction of foreign investment, and recovery of Ukraine's status as a powerful maritime state," Omelian wrote on his Facebook page.

As the CFTS earlier reported, Omelian has expressed the hope that the document will be approved before the end of November this year.

According to him, wide-ranging discussions were held in several stages among professional representatives of the industry and among employees of the Ministry of Infrastructure and other ministries and agencies. "I hope that it will come out of the ministry for external approval before the end of September and that it will be approved in the Cabinet of Ministers – optimistically in November this year," the minister said.