At the meeting of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities with the participation of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who is on a working trip to the Odesa region, proposals for the integrated development of the Odesa region were presented, including a draft development strategy for the city of Odesa.
“For many months now, pursuant to the instructions of the President, the city and regional authorities, the President’s Office and the Cabinet of Ministers, together with a group of urban planners and experts, have been elaborating a separate development strategy for Odesa,” said Deputy Head of the Office of the President Kyrylo Tymoshenko.
According to him, Odesa was chosen in particular because due to the occupation of the Crimean peninsula, Ukrainians have temporarily lost the opportunity to visit the seaside resorts of Crimea, while the flow of vacationers to Odesa is increasing every year.
“Therefore, on the instructions of the President, we are starting to make Odesa a real pearl, a new Odesa with a historic center, a new embankment, health trails,” Kyrylo Tymoshenko said.
He noted that design and estimate documentation has already been developed for some objects and tenders are planned.
To make it easier to get to the center of Odesa, the construction of road infrastructure is planned.
Commenting on the development strategy of Odesa, the Head of State reminded that the program of tourist magnets is aimed at reviving the landmarks of Ukraine, in particular in this city.
According to him, the example of Turkey proves that for the development of tourism it is necessary to build a quality infrastructure, hotel chain, restore historical landmarks and renovate museums.
“During the years of independence, Odesa was half-destroyed. Much has been lost, but much is still there. Therefore, everything needs to be restored and improved… This is a unique city, and we want it not to fall apart. While Crimea is occupied, it is the main city for summer sea recreation of Ukrainians. Let’s unite efforts,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed.