The Ukrainian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (USPP) is convinced that the next step in implementing the adopted National Transport Strategy of Ukraine until 2030 should be the adoption of programs to transparently support the localization of production.
The Business Union has repeatedly drawn the attention of the government and local administrations to the need to provide a reasonable priority in tenders to domestic companies and goods. This will allow upgrading urban and municipal transport, intercity infrastructure, loading the capacity of domestic engineering enterprises producing buses, trams, trolleybuses, metro trains and their components.
Now these indicators are disappointing - the share of imports in government purchases of engineering products in Ukraine is 46%. The same figure in the US - 4%, in the EU - 10%.
Expansion of the transport engineering program in Ukraine would give an increase in GDP by 2.3 and about 15,000 jobs in car building and more than 30,000 in related industries, according to the USPP.
Currently, transport engineering in Ukraine is showing a steady decline, having decreased by another 7% in February.
“Renovation requires both the railway infrastructure, where the depreciation of assets reaches 90%, and urban transport. The national strategy should stimulate the modernization of transport, while placing an order on domestic producers. These are jobs and an increase in the solvency of the domestic market, ”noted the President of the USPP Anatoly Kinakh.
USPP has ready-made developments in this direction and maintains communications with the government. However, they propose here a more systematic approach to the formation of a policy of localization and import substitution, including through the adoption of a relevant bill and the development of a state program.