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LED DAY 2014

LED_Day_19Sep2014_1On September 18-19 2014, Odesa hosted the X Ukrainian Municipal Forum as part of which MLED Project held LED Day "Support and Promotion Local Development in Ukraine". Over 200 participants, including Mayors, representatives of public and local government authorities, FCM, Embassy of Canada to Ukraine, international technical assistance projects as well as international and national experts attended the event. 

Those who addressed the audience with opening statements included Yuriy Vilkul, President of the AUC, Brad Woodside, FCM President, and Stephen Potter, Head of Development Cooperation Section at the Embassy of Canada to Ukraine.

The event went on with the plenary session "Support of economic development of territorial communities in Ukraine". Yuriy Vilkul reported on the implementation of AUC’s local economic development strategy. "Within the framework of the strategy, five Centres to Promote Municipal Development were established under the AUC Regional Offices, whose advisers rendered over 400 consultations to the AUC’s member cities, delivered a number of training seminars on strategic planning, investment attraction, development of project proposals to obtain alternative financing as well as the Mayors Forum. In addition, a database of experts and institutions supporting local economic development was set up," said Mr Vilkul.  Lyudmyla Damentsova, Head of Office of Interaction with Local Authorities, Department for Local Government in the Ministry for Regional Development, Construction and Housing, reported on the policy for facilitating regional and local development. 

Brad Woodside greeted the partiLED_Day_19Sep2014_3cipants on behalf of the FCM and delivered a presentation on the importance of local governance. In his speech, he outlined the role of the FCM in the development of Canadian municipal sector. Above all, the FCM represents the interests of local government authorities before the Government of Canada. FCM unites big cities, small towns, rural and remote municipalities and comprises 2,000 members, which represents 93% of Canadians. The speaker reported on the Standing Committees and Forums of the Federation and outlined their activities: policy, research, lobbying of interests and implementation of the national programmes. Mr Woodside also overviewed the twenty-seven years of the FCM’s experience in implementing international programmes.

Ted Treller, MLED Project Consultant, presented the new guide on the fundamentals of LED theory and practice "Building Community Prosperity Through Local Economic Development. An Introduction to LED Principles and Practices". According to Mr Treller, guide is the first detailed guide on LED, specially made for Ukrainian LED professionals. It contains a thorough presentation of the notion of LED, as well its components, instruments and practices.

LED_Day_19Sep2014_12LED Day activities then continued in three sections, one of which was "Energy efficiency a way towards sustainable development of communities". Yevgen Udod, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council, took part in the first section and reported on the regional energy efficiency initiatives and the role Oblast Council plays in their implementation. According to Mr Udod, the main precondition to address the energy efficiency issue is to provide the environment for investors and public-private partnership, as well as get international experts and the public at large involved. Such an approach will ensure that all the required innovations are implemented smoothly and in as short a time as possible. "Energy saving must be introduced to everyday life of Ukrainians as a meaningful cultural, economic and managerial phenomenon as quickly as possible. We have to be realistic: we cannot handle this task using the mere administrative controls! Adoption of the state-of-the-art energy saving technologies in our cities and rayons is the common cause for both the government and the public," said Mr Udod. During the section, Ivan Kroshka, Head of Odessa Regional Department of the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, drew the attention of the audience to the popularisation of energy efficiency measures as an integral part of increasing energy efficiency. Mark Brostrom, Director, City’s Environmental Strategies, city of Edmonton (Canada), told about the risks of and opportunities for the transformation of the energy sector. First, he described the current situation with energy supply in Edmonton, its approach to ensuring stability of the energy system, economic tools and risks of its transformation. Svyatoslav Yevtushenko, Counsellor of Rivne city, Director of "UkrEko-Industry" Ltd, overviewed the energy opportunities of implementation of the integrated municipal waste management. In his presentation "Waste recycling plant is a joint project", Mr Yevtushenko reported that the plant produces alternative fuel, which is used as an energy carrier at other production enterprises, as 150 kilogram of alternative fuel equals 100 kilograms of coal. Representatives of international projects also attended the section. Ima Khrenova-Shymkina, Deputy Director of the GIZ Project "Energy Efficiency in Municipalities", spoke about the project’s mission, which is to support and build up the capacity of local governments to act as the driving force in the implementation of measures to increase energy efficiency. Andriy Mitskan, Deputy Director of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project, spoke about energy saving, gas replacement in local communities and national energy security. Anatoliy Kopets, expert at European Commission’s project "Sustainable Urban Demonstration Projects (Eastern Partnership)", spoke about "Covenant of Mayors" initiative and the instruments of its implementation.

LED_Day_19Sep2014_14The second section dealt with the professional training of staff for planning and implementing development projects in the cities. Oleg Voytovych, LED expert at the MLED Project, presented the LED Training Programme, prepared by Canadian and Ukrainian experts of the MLED Project together with the National Academy for Public Administration under the President of Ukraine. Grygoriy Sharkevich, Deputy Mayor of Sinelnykove, was among those who took part in the training under this programme between May and July 2014. Mr Sharkevich shared his experience, positive impressions and knowledge with the audience, gave a detailed description of the training course and emphasised its value for local government officers. Volodymyr Vakulenko, Chairman of the Department for Regional Management, Local Self-Governance and City Management at NAPA, told the audience about the possibilities of establishing a public system of LED training, which may take the form of Masters Programme or a career development system. Olena Savchenko-Svatko, Head of Department for Human Resources and Local Government Service of the Executive Committee of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council, overviewed the role regional and local governments play in setting up a staff training system. She emphasised the importance of professional training when employing new staff, reassigning to another position, transferring to personnel reserve as well as for raising a company’s image, increasing labour productivity, mastering new methods of production, etc. Olena Tertyshna, First Deputy Head of the State Fund for Local -Government Support in Ukraine, spoke about implementation of the innovative training programmes for the professional development of local government officers and city councils deputies, while Taras Kryvoruchko, EBED Project Coordinator, presented the experience of preparation of the training courses on forecasting territories’ development. The third section was dedicated to discussing inter-municipal cooperation as the factor facilitating community development. Lyudmyla Damentsova, Head of Office of Interaction with Local Authorities, Department of Local Governance, Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing, overviewed the state policy for facilitating cooperation among territorial communities. Oleksander Vrublevskyi, Expert of Civil Society Institute, spoke about cooperation as a tool to boost resource potential of territorial communities. Vitaliy Tarelkin, Mayor of Ternivka, shared the experience of inter-municipal cooperation in the field of municipal solid waste management in the Western Donbass Subregion, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. Victoria Grib, CSR Manager  at DTEK, presented the means to support inter-municipal cooperation via corporate social partnership projects. Iryna Ivanochko, Head of Culture and Tourism Department at Mykolaiv Rayon State Administration, spoke about plans to support tourism in Rozdillya Subregion, Lviv Oblast, which include developing new tourism products, increasing the number of people to obtain information about the Sub-Region’s tourist attractions and enhancing travel catering. Volodymyr Tuz, Mayor of Novyi Rozdil, spoke about inter-municipal cooperation experience as Rozdillya Subregion development stimulant. He pointed out that the cities successfully implement Strategic Plans in line with the MLED Project’s methodology. However, city mayors realised that there were problems rather difficult to be tackled by a single administrative and territorial unit, but the applicable law of Ukraine made it possible to join efforts and resources to solve shared problems. "In the course of preparation of Rozdillya Subregion Economic Development Strategy we acquired momentum for cooperation, which became an important stimulant and served as the platform for further implementation of the Strategy. Many stakeholders have hopes that the time and energy used to develop the Strategy will result in the positive economic shifts during the implementation of planned measures. Hence, we have to keep this inspiration alive," he said.

LED_Day_19Sep2014_17One more plenary session resulted in the recommendations from the sections and presentation of the achievements of the Automated System for Municipal Statistics (ASMS). Volodymyr Grushevskyi, Head of Economy Department in city of Kuznetsovsk, presented the ASMS as a tool to facilitate community development, while Nadiya Yeremenko, AUC’s Expert on Municipal Statistics, spoke about the ASMS sustainability and prospects for its development. They addressed the audience with an appeal to join the ASMS – a handy electronic system of collection, storage and processing of information about the main spheres of life of the territorial communities and activities of local governments. The speakers noted that the ASMS gives an opportunity to quickly and easily find required data, analyse and handle it, as well as use for managerial decision-making.

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