Joining the Kyiv Agglomeration Association will accelerate the socio-economic development of all communities involved. It will also facilitate efficient planning of the city's transport infrastructure and suburban area, development of high-speed electric transport, construction of new social facilities. This was stated by Mayor of Kyiv Vitaliy Klitschko during his speech at Kyiv Investment Forum 2019. The main topic of the forum is the strategy of creation and development of the Kyiv agglomeration.
"Today, we give a clear signal to the neighboring communities to unite for mutually beneficial cooperation. Boryspil, Vasylkiv, Obukhiv, Gostomel, Zazimie village council of Brovarskyi district, Novopetrovsk village council have already supported the creation of the association "Kyiv agglomeration". Consultations are ongoing with those communities that are in the process of consideration of association. Such cooperation between the capital and the surrounding cities will accelerate the development of the region, its infrastructure, increase the investment attractiveness of Greater Kyiv. We are so interconnected in labor force, infrastructure, other factors. I will note that about half a million people come to Kyiv every day! Such associations - agglomerations, metropolises - exist all over the world and they have shown their effectiveness”, the Mayor stressed.
Vitaliy Klitschko emphasized that today the big cities are driving the development of the world economy. Governments in Europe are increasingly aware of the importance of metropolitan areas as key focal points for national economic growth, good governance, and service delivery.
“The Kyiv region is one of the largest European metropolitan areas with a total population of over 4 million people. Therefore, we have all the conditions for further development. I will note that Kyiv, as a center of agglomeration, occupies the leading positions among the regions of Ukraine in most indicators of socio-economic development. Forming more than 20 percent of the gross domestic product in recent years”, - Vitaly Klitschko emphasized.
He noted that the capital is changing and developing, making all management processes open and transparent, creating a comfortable environment for local people and business development.
“Today in Kyiv the highest social standards, the average salary is one and a half times higher than in the country. Therefore, the capital attracts people from all over Ukraine to live and work. Just last year 200,000 people from other regions of the country moved to the capital. And, of course, Kyiv is the country's leader in socio-economic development. For the fourth consecutive year”, the mayor stressed.
The main topic of Kyiv Investment Forum 2019 is the formation of the strategy of creation and development of the Kyiv agglomeration. Foreign and Ukrainian investors, representatives of municipalities of European cities, local governments and the business community of the capital are considering different aspects of the development strategy of the Kyiv region. Among the speakers of the forum Mayor of Krakow Jacek Majchrowski, Deputy Mayor of Budapest Gabor Bagdi, Google Marketing Solutions for Central and Eastern Europe Nina Levchuk, Cisco Business Manager Serhii Martynchuk, Art Director of PinchukArtCentre Bjorn Geldhof and founder of Atlas Music Weekend Dmytro Sidorenko.