The first contracts for the concession of state-owned enterprises can be signed in 2018, said the Agency “Interfax-Ukraine” the first Deputy Minister of economic development and trade Maksim Nefedov.

“If all goes according to plan, next year may see the first concession contracts”, – said M. Nefedov on Wednesday.

According to him, the working group composed of representatives of the Ministry of economic development and trade, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of infrastructure and the EBRD is developing a draft law on concession. In parallel, the project office of the Ministry of Infrastructure “spil’ne” working on concession projects in three ports – stevedoring company “Olvia”, Kherson trade port and commercial sea port “Black sea” .

As reported, at the meeting on 4 July, the government approved the Concept of a strategic vision of management of state-owned enterprises, whereby 378 businesses out of a list of 3,444 thousand in the long term will remain in state ownership, 359 will be conceded, 893 will be privatized, and 1,255 thousand plans to liquidate. The number of ports defined as the objects of privatization, however, the Minister of infrastructure Vladimir Omelian appealed to the government to exclude them from the list of privatization objects and make lists of the concession. At the same time in Ministry of economic development published the list of objects to concession, these ports do not appear.