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Ukraine to set priorities for its post-war reconstruction at summit

The Ukrainian government is expected to present its priorities for the country's post-war reconstruction for the first time on Monday, as representatives of some 40 potential donor countries meet in the Swiss town of Lugano.

The Ukrainian government is expected to present its priorities for the country’s post-war reconstruction for the first time on Monday, as representatives of some 40 potential donor countries meet in the Swiss town of Lugano.

Various international organizations and financial institutions are also due to attend the meeting, which is planned to agree the distribution of various tasks amongst the delegates.

Hundred of billions of euros will be required to fund the rebuilding of Ukraine‘s shattered infrastructure. The most important principles behind the project will likely spelled out in a declaration at the end of the conference.

Those travelling to Lugano for the meeting are expected to include Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is due to address the meeting by video link from Kiev.

Ukraine is a huge country, a lot has been destroyed … you cannot start planning and coordinating reconstruction soon enough,” Markus Berndt, head of the European Investment Bank’s department of external activity, told dpa.

Ukraine urgently needs help to secure basic services now such as clean water supply, sewage, waste disposal, energy and internet access to ensure macroeconomic stability, Berndt said.

“We need investment, otherwise the economy will collapse completely and then we’d lose the most important pillar for reconstruction,” he added.

“Of course, a water supply can be destroyed again during war. But if we don’t make sure that the cities can function again and people can live there, then the costs in the long run are far higher than if we finance a water supply twice.”

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