Representatives of the largest metallurgical enterprises and trade unions supported the Plan for the restoration and development of the industry, presented by Oleksandr Vilkul, the presidential candidate fr om the OPPOSITION BLOC.
Metallurgy is going through hard times. But there are many examples in the world when exactly metallurgy acted as a stimulus for economic growth. For example, China, where the metallurgical complex has become the foundation of the economic boom of the last 30 years. And in the postwar period, metallurgy was the epicenter of the industrialization of such successful countries as Germany and France. Ukraine can go the same way. But at least “three pillars” are necessary, which everything will be built on,” Rosyslav Shurma, CEO of Zaporizhstal PJSC, said.
The first is the domestic demand for metal. “We sell metal to 60 countries, but not to Ukraine, wh ere there is no demand for metal,” Shurma noted. – The first thing we expect from the new president is the launch of consuming industries. These are large infrastructure projects that Oleksandr Vilkul speaks of, and the launch of industries that consume metal – housing, industrial construction and shipbuilding. If the country consumes 20 million tons of steel per year, this will create an additional 5-10 million jobs.”
The second, metallurgists expect from the new government is cheap loans for the modernization of old Soviet enterprises.
The third, the export of products with high added value requires a competent, pragmatic policy of protectionism and the protection of the national producer.
“But this is possible only with a systematic, high-quality government,” Shurma said. “I am sure that only the President with the experience of a production worker with experience in the real sector of the economy will literally be able to restore order within a few months.”
Dmytro Shevchik, CEO of Central Mining and Processing Plant PJSC, expressed hope that Oleksandr Vilkul, as President, would pay attention to labor emigration: “Our social package and collective agreement is among the best in the industry, however, in the last 3-4 years, we are faced with the problem of outflow of personnel. I am sure that Oleksandr Vilkul, when he becomes President, will pay attention to solving this problem.”Serhiy Bilenkyi, Chairman of the Federation of Metallurgists and Miners of Ukraine, also expressed support for the candidacy of Oleksandr Vilkul: “Despite the fact that Oleksandr Vilkul has been engaged in legislative activity in recent years, controls the mining and metallurgical complex and he has real proposals for the development of the industry.”