Public initiative of Oleksandr Klymenko “Restoring Donbas” launched its first internet project
Public Initiative “Restoring Donbas” launched its first internet project – an interactive platform.
On this site, the authors of the project invite everyone to join the discussion related to the salvation of Donbas residents from the consequences of war. In addition, it is possible to discuss possible ways of post-war reconstruction of areas affected by war. The founder of the initiative “Restoring Donbas” is the Ukrainian public figure, ex-Minister of revenue and duties Oleksandr Klymenko.
«Nowadays, there is a stalemate in Donbas. The so-called ATO, easier speaking – the war, which lasts for more than 7 months, instead of 48 hours, which were originally announced. During this time, tens of thousands of our fellow citizens were killed, the fates of millions were broken, thousands of enterprises and infrastructure of whole cities were destroyed, people lost their faith in their future. We – the representatives of the region – have to take matters into our own hands in the situation when the government and the president do not know what to do with Donbas,”- Oleksandr Klymenko explained the reasons of creating the initiative.
Community initiative “Restoring Donbas” was established in October 2014. It brings together economic experts, experienced public managers and entrepreneurs of Donbass, who have developed their own plan of the region revival. Earlier, participants of the initiative group with the help of experts have prepared a presentation devoted to this issue.
Document, drafted by them, describes all possible ways to resolve the conflict, as well as suggestions for further development of Ukraine and Donbas. Copies of the presentation were sent to representatives of authorities, business associations and embassies abroad – to the heads of the States, Foreign Ministers of the partner countries, and representatives of the European institutions.
The plan suggests rejection of direct state subsidies for the region because of the high corruption risks. Development of free entrepreneurial initiative in Donbass is expected to become an alternative to state subsidies. Tax holidays, cancellation penalties of the war period, extremely simplified procedure for registration of companies should ensure its growth.
Implementation of projects that will contribute to the restoration of economic potential of Donetsk and Luhansk regions is in plans of the community initiative “Restoring Donbas”. A key factor of the success of implementation of these plans should be attraction of directly interested individuals – entrepreneurs of Donbas and other proactive strata of the people.
“We invite everyone to join the discussion related to the salvation of Donbas residents from the consequences of war. In addition, we can discuss possible ways of post-war reconstruction of areas affected by war. The results of our joint work will be presented not only to Ukrainian authorities, but also to the representatives of the international community, who define the agenda for the region and the whole country!”- says Oleksandr Klymenko – ex-minister of revenue and duties of Ukraine, the founder of the initiative” Restoring Donbas “. He concludes: «Finally, all citizens and natives have the to decide the destiny of our country. All of them without exception – those, who had left and whose, who had moved. I call for all who care about the future of Donbas, the future of our country and its citizens, without reference to the region of residence, in order to unite in this important work”.