Future by the sea: Mariupol signs a memorandum with the Worldwide Network of Port Cities

17 July 2019, 17:18

Today, July 17, ‘Future by the Sea’ Forum has been held in Mariupol. More than 200 leading experts took part in the panel discussions. Among them there were leaders and deputies of cities, French partners, representatives of business and banks. During the event, Mayor Vadim Boichenko signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Worldwide Network of Port Cities (AIVP). Mariupol became the first city of Ukraine which concluded a document with French partners.

‘The advantage of port cities is the sea. That it is the point of economic growth in Ukraine. An international investment and resource replenishment budgets will bring the benefits in future. I believe that there is a strong future that will develop Ukraine’s maritime infrastructure. Today, port cities should become the center of trade and economic revival. They are designed not only to be a sea gate, but also to open up new opportunities,’
the Mayor of Mariupol noted.

The Mayor stressed that international relations play a big role in the development of Ukrainian cities. Attracted investments help to implement ambitious projects. In particular, Mariupol actively cooperates with the French side. As a result, the Government of France helps a half-million city to resolve the issue of quality water supply.

Vadim Boichenko also noted that the economy of Ukraine depends on the development of port cities. A memorandum of cooperation with the Worldwide Network of Port Cities, signed on the forum by Vadim Boichenko, will strengthen these positions. The document is the basis for mutual understanding and further cooperation.

The manager of communications and marketing of the Worldwide Network of Port Cities, Yermelin Delepow, said that the International Association of Port Cities covers 49 countries of the world.

‘The International Association of Port Cities is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides ample opportunities for the implementation of strategies. In our opinion, port cities around the world have identical problems and challenges that they have to face,’ she said.

In the west, they spoke of the need to consolidate to cities, states, international partners and businesses around the development of the country's maritime infrastructure. We discussed the development of national initiatives. Vadim Boichenko presented ‘The Future by the Sea’ book at the forum. It shows the vectors of development of Mariupol and the course to create new opportunities for the city by the sea.

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