The President of Association of Enterprises “Ukrmetallurgprom” Alexander Kalenkov allows for the increase of railway tariffs for cargo transportation from 2018 in the performance of “Ukrzaliznytsya” to a number of conditions.
“Last week, several meetings were held with the Minister of infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan, which was clearly stated that the rates may change. However, this should be preceded by several events. First, the establishment of order in the management of “Ukrzaliznytsya”. We must understand who will lead the company, and this should start the competitive selection,” he said in exclusive comments to Business portal UAprom.
He noted that “Ukrmetallurgprom” waiting for the appointment of a new top management TIES, because “the issue of increasing tariffs should only be used under the medium-term programme of action and clear guarantees from the management of target use of funds, including the indexation of tariffs, which the interim leadership of the a priori can not give”.
The second condition, he said, should appear transparent and efficient mechanism for investing investing in BONDS.
“We still don’t know how much the railroad has invested funds from previous promotions. But over the past three years, UZ received more than 20 billion UAH. from the increase in railway tariffs. It would be good to understand what the money was to be spent?”, — said Alexander Kalenkov.
The head of “Ukrmetallurgprom” also reminded that in the accounts of the OUSE is now more than 7 billion UAH. and “they don’t know where to spend it, I want to invest in any securities.”
He also warned the railway from juggling, when the special account is opened only under the money from the tariff increase.
“All the money in investment BONDS should be spending transparent. That is, you need to create one joint account where you accumulate money under the approved investment program BONDS. Businesses need to understand that bottlenecks are solved, ordered cars. Then the business will be much easier to talk about even predict long term growth rates”, — said Alexander Kalenkov.
At the same time, the head of “Ukrmetallurgprom” acted categorically against increase of tariffs since October, 2017.
“In 2017, the year can not be a speech about increase of tariffs simply because the money is not spend. They will be eaten in the most inefficient way,” he said.
Speaking about the positive decision of the tariff Committee of the Ministry of Infrastructure, he noted that following approval of the increase of railway tariffs was in February, 25% in June.
“But we still hope that this is only the first step, and the project will be considered as the involved ministries (MEDT, Ministry of Finance, Hostelclub) and the Ministry of Infrastructure”, — said Alexander Kalenkov.
Plus, he said, will be analyzed the effect of increasing to all sectors.
“I’m not just talking about MMC, but also chemists, builders, cement workers, farmers. All industries are strongly against the increase this year. All the industry agree to talk about normal, a moderate increase in tariffs in the following year. Despite the fact that will be controlled, what the money will be spent”, — stated the head of “Ukrmetallurgprom”.
As previously reported, the Minister of infrastructure Vladimir Omelian linked the increase of railway tariffs for cargo transportation with appointments in the “Ukrzaliznytsia”. Thus, according to him, if restart the top management of the BONDS is delayed, then to raise railway tariffs by 22.5% from 1 October not.