Kyiv Investment Forum 2022 "Sustainability. Innovation. Sustainable Development" was held on November 28, 2022 in Brussels (Belgium).
The forum was dedicated to the reconstruction of the Kyiv agglomeration, which suffered as a result of the war, and the post-war economic revival of the region.
During the panel discussions, which were attended by representatives of European city halls, international companies and high-level institutions, approaches and strategies were discussed on how to "rebuild better" instead of just "repairing the damage" and ensure transformational and inclusive reconstruction of Ukraine and Kyiv through public-private partnership mechanisms. The role of social entrepreneurs and businesses was also emphasized, as they will play a crucial role in surviving the war and rebuilding Ukraine in both the social and economic spheres.
The main program of the Kyiv Investment Forum was complemented by a side event organized by EUROCITIES to discuss the restoration and reconstruction of settlements in Kyiv region and opportunities for cooperation between European cities. Urban experts, representatives of the municipalities of Prague, Amsterdam, Lille, Lyon, Oslo, and other cities shared their experience in establishing cooperation and managing metropolitan areas. They also presented their areas of expertise that, in their opinion, can contribute to the rebuilding of Kyiv and Kyiv region.
The city of Kyiv, the city of Brussels and eleven European cities, including Paris, Rome, Helsinki, Poznan, Podgorica, Berlin, Lyon, Riga, Sarajevo, Bergamo and Vilnius, have signed a Joint Declaration on Supporting the Rapid and Sustainable Reconstruction of Greater Kyiv to Counteract the Destruction from Russia's Attacks. Signed during the Kyiv 2022 Investment Forum in Brussels, the documents ensure mutual support and cooperation between the cities in crisis situations and humanitarian and technical assistance, as well as strengthening economic, cultural and social relations in future projects.
In addition, the parties signed a twinning agreement between the cities of Kyiv and Dublin, a Memorandum of Understanding between the cities of Kyiv and Helsinki, and an agreement on establishing friendly relations between the cities of Kyiv and Sarajevo.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the city of Kyiv signed a memorandum of understanding to coordinate further cooperation on financing and preparing priority investment projects for the capital of Ukraine, key to its post-war reconstruction. The Memorandum provides a framework for further cooperation between the City of Kyiv and the EIB on projects that promote resilience, growth and sustainability.
In addition, the City of Kyiv and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) agreed on a EUR 100 million partnership aimed at a wide range of projects to support Kyiv's energy security, provide emergency liquidity assistance for municipal assets, offset import losses, and ensure the stability and resilience of Ukrainian capital.
The Kyiv Investment Forum demonstrated the continued interest and commitment of partners who support Ukraine and its capital. The Forum was attended by over 350 participants, including 16 mayoral delegations, 26 ambassadors and heads of foreign diplomatic missions accredited in Belgium, 7 partner organizations and international institutions, 21 media outlets, 54 representatives of business, industry associations, non-profit organizations and think tanks. More than 1500 people watched the live broadcast of the Forum.