(Davos) A conference on the reconstruction of Ukraine will take place in Switzerland on July 4th and 5th in order to mobilize funds for the country that has been massively destroyed since the Russian invasion, the Federal President announced on Tuesday in Davos.
Posted on May 24th
A conference on Ukrainian reforms was originally scheduled to take place in the city of Lugano that day, but the title and topic have been changed due to the context, Ignazio Cassis said during a press conference.
“The conference on the recovery of Ukraine will be dedicated to the reconstruction process,” the head of state affirmed during this speech, to which Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Chmygal and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba were invited via video conference, whose arrival Due to transport problems, the delivery was delayed by about one hour.
Details of future participants are not known at this time, an invitation has been sent to around 40 leaders, but the conference is expected to focus in particular on the issue of announced and forthcoming contributions from the World Bank, the OECD and the European Union. , said the Swiss Federal President.
“We are already ready”
“We are already ready to start reconstruction,” said Ukrainian Minister Dmytro Kuleba after his arrival, assuring that Ukraine had already “liberated certain areas”.
The Swiss head of state also specified the participation of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, without specifying in what form.
Russia “has destroyed the roads, municipal infrastructure, is doing everything to make life in Ukraine impossible,” said Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Chmygal during his speech, estimating the cost of this destruction at $600 billion.
The Ukrainian leader called on “the international community to mobilize financial aid, which is crucial for reconstruction”.
Mr. Cassis explained in detail on Tuesday that the conference will mainly focus on the infrastructure decimated by the war, as well as on economic, ecological and social issues, and will include the mobilization of funds through an appeal for donations.
It will not only be a question of sending funds to Ukraine, the head of state also said, reiterating that “there is a risk that these funds will end up in the wrong hands” and pointing out the importance of “assigning funds to disbursements check”. “.
“If we were as corrupt as some say, our country would have fallen in the first three days of the war, as Putin planned,” said Dmytro Kuleba. “Citizens would not have wanted to fight,” added the minister, calling for not “overestimating” the risks of corruption.