On September 16, USAID Economic Resilience Activity (ERA) and the Ministry for Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
The agreement sets out key goals of cooperation, from implementing strategies and plans for the reconstruction of Ukraine to socio-economic recovery and infrastructure rehabilitation of regions and cities affected by Russia’s military aggression.
Ivan Lukeria, Deputy Minister for Communities and Territories Development, said that the experience of Economic Resilience Activity – a program which worked for several years in eastern Ukraine and has now expanded to cover the whole country – is very important and necessary for the reconstruction of infrastructure facilities.
“Your experience is essential for the recovery of Ukraine. That is why we initiated this memorandum aimed at rehabilitating the infrastructure destroyed due to Russia’s aggression. Many critical infrastructure facilities have been destroyed; now transport facilities, residential buildings, schools, kindergartens, and parks need to be restored. We believe that every destroyed building will be rebuilt, and Ukrainians will have a comfortable environment for life and work. We believe in our partnership and fruitful cooperation in many sectors,” said Ivan Lukeria.
ERA will provide technical support to the ministry in the reconstruction of communities, as well as contribute to attracting funding for the recovery of Ukraine.
“Through our cooperation with the Ministry for Communities and Territories Development, the experts of USAID Economic Resilience Activity will provide technical support in areas of cooperation aimed at the restoration of affected communities and territories and, if necessary, will help the ministry to attract additional funding and other resources for the implementation and development of joint activities. We expect that our joint efforts will be successful, and will result in effective revival of Ukrainian cities and communities and creation of a comfortable and modern environment for their citizens,” said Timothy Madigan, USAID Economic Resilience Activity Chief of Party.
Persons responsible on both sides for coordinating the joint work will be determined shortly. The memorandum will be valid until June 30, 2023.