Crimean Government and UNDP to expand cooperation

23 Oct 2013

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The Crimean Council of Ministers and UNDP have signed the Memorandum of Understanding that will  help to deepen cooperation aimed at effective implementation of the Strategy of Economic and Social Development of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea 2011-2020 and achieving higher competitiveness, enhancing investment climate and improving the quality of life of Crimeans.

The document aims to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of executive  branch and local self-government bodies  to  design and implement  the development strategy of Crimea in the fields of strengthening civil society,  building its image  and promoting Crimea as investment and tourism destination of choice.

UNDP’s support in Crimea has evolved from a focus on actions aimed at reintegrating the formerly deported people in the peninsula’s socio and economic life and improving public and social infrastructure, to expert and advisory support in developing institutional capacities, carrying out policy analysis and policy formulation. Recent consultations had shown significant interest of the Council of Ministers in cooperation in the area of investment promotion, strengthening civil society and image-building and territorial marketing. So far UNDP has invested a total of $ 34 million to provide support to the Crimean government and local communities.

Signing the memorandum Head of the Crimean Government Anatoliy Mogilyov underlined that Crimea highly values cooperation with UNDP and noted: "We have established warm and friendly relations and implemented a number of successful projects. I am sure we have all the opportunities to actively develop our cooperation in the future. "

UNDP Resident Representative Alessandra Tisot  thanked the Head of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea for his support. "Our teams have worked closely on a number of issues. We would like to deepen our cooperation and ensure that our work will continue to be fruitiful. Nowadays relationships between the Council of Ministers and UNDP has entered into a new phase, in which Ukraine being middle income country is no longer a traditional grant recipient and its demand for cooperation has also changed in nature. We need to look for innovative solutions for ensuring resources to boost growth, to build capacities in governance and improve the quality of life of people. The Facility, envisaged by our Memorandum is such one of possible solutions currently worked on together. " - she added.

During the meeting in Verkhovna Rada of the AR Crimea Mr. Vladimir Konstantinov, the Speaker of Rada, highly recognized contribution of UNDP in supporting rural communities to solve their urgent problems, as well as its engagement into public dialogue over development and sensitive issues in the region. “What UNDP brings is not money. It brings belief to people, that they can solve their problems by themselves. Work of UNDP breaks the dependant mentality of people. As for the Human Security dialogue, last our meeting, held a week ago to discuss tourism development perspectives in Crimea showed constructive results, and a great potential of this platform to influence decision-making on both regional as well as national level.”

Alessandra Tisot thanked the Speaker for his leadership and support to the work carried by UNDP both in communities as well as within the Human Security initiative. "We hope that Verkhovna Rada will continue to promote a quality public dialogue on human development issues that is key to the peace and stability of Crimea" - she underlined.