Transparency International Ukraine has presented the results of Cities in Transparency and Accountability Ratings 2020 in Kyiv today. Mariupol became the leader in two nominations. The award was presented to Mayor Vadym Boichenko. The Mayor noted that Mariupol will continue the course towards transparent development.
‘Mariupol had a dream to become a transparent city of Ukraine. We received this award today. This is a great victory and great opportunities for our community. The doors of Mariupol are opening for international investors. It's a lot of work to bring them to the city. For example, due to high transparency indicators, the International Finance Corporation works with only one city of Ukraine - and this is Mariupol,’ Vadym Boichenko stressed.
According to the Mayor, transparency has opened up new opportunities for the development of Mariupol. The first is to improve services for people. Three open Administrative Service Centers are an example of quality services. One of them is the largest Multicenter in Ukraine. The second is attracting investors. In five years, the city has attracted nearly 200 million euros of investment in the development of the city. They are aimed at modernizing water supply, outdoor lighting and upgrading municipal transport. The third is constructive dialogue with the community. Through the introduction of transparency and e-democracy tools, residents are involved in the city's development process. These are the Condominium Support Program, the Public Budget, the Parents' Fund.
Mariupol took first place in the Transparency Rating of the 100 largest cities in Ukraine (86.6 points), second place - Lviv (85.2), and third - Drohobych (78.1). Mariupol became the best in the Accountability Rating of 50 Ukrainian cities (32 points), the second - Lviv (22) and the third - Pokrov (22).
It is worth noting, Transparency International Ukraine has been assessing the level of transparency of cities for the fourth year. In 2020, the organization's specialists analyzed the transparency of city councils in the 100 largest cities of Ukraine and the accountability of 50 of them. In 2018, Mariupol became the leader from 57th place in Transparency International's transparency rating. The city continues to hold its leading position.