The German federal government is launching a platform that aims to support and strengthen Germany's commitment to the recovery of Ukraine and unite state and non-state actors in the process.
The official launch of the platform was given on Monday at the Ministry of Economic Development of the Federal Republic of Germany, reports the correspondent of Ukrinform.
"Ukraine's reconstruction is a huge task...that cannot be tackled by governments alone. This requires the involvement of entire societies. We in Germany have a great desire to participate in the reconstruction of Ukraine," said Minister of Economic Development Svenja Schulze.
According to her, the reconstruction of Ukraine is already starting, although the war is still going on. At the same time, a long-term perspective and early planning are important for the stability of Ukrainian society, as well as for the successful and effective reconstruction of the country.
The platform for the reconstruction of Ukraine is considered as a meeting place and exchange of information for representatives of business, active citizens, municipalities of Germany and Ukraine. The organization of specialized conferences, dialogue forums and seminars is planned. The first event is scheduled for April.
At the inaugural conference, the Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany, Oleksiy Makeyev, emphasized that Ukrainians count on mutually beneficial cooperation, not just aid, and urged them to invest and buy Ukrainian goods.
"Rebuilding has to start now, not when we win. We cannot waste time," the diplomat said.
He assured that all funds raised for projects will be used transparently and efficiently.
The Ministry of Economic Development allocated 800 million euros for assistance to Ukraine in 4 months. With the support of the department, a lot of aid was delivered to Ukraine, including medical equipment and medicines, fire engines, generators, appliances for cooking and heating.
A partnership has been established between German and Ukrainian municipalities, in the field of water supply and drainage, and between clinics.
To support and expand all these partnerships, the ministry will provide another 25 million euros this year.