UK boosts Ukraine’s recovery at major London summit

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Foreign. Secretary James Cleverly attends the Ukraine Recovery Conference at the Intercontinental London. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street

The UK has today announced a wide-ranging package of support for Ukraine’s recovery effort at the Ukraine Recovery Conference in London.

  • At the Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC) the Foreign Secretary today announced new measures to support Ukraine’s recovery.
  • UK package of support includes funding for urgent repairs and early recovery, support for Ukraine’s energy sector, and programmes to bolster wider rebuilding efforts.
  • This further support follows the announcement of a major package by the Prime Minister this morning.

The UK has today announced a wide-ranging package of support for Ukraine’s recovery effort to bolster its resilience in the immediate term and enable the long-term reconstruction of Ukraine as a modern, stable and resilient democracy.

These measures follow the major package of financial support announced by the Prime Minister to bolster Ukraine’s economic stability as it continues to push back Russian forces.

The announcements were made at the Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC) in London today. The event represents a coalition to rebuild Ukraine, bringing together a broad variety of businesses, governments and civil society to unlock the potential of the private sector to support Ukraine’s immediate and longer-term recovery needs.

The Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly attends the 2023 Ukraine Recovery Conference at the O2 Intercontinental. The conference is designed to present the Ukrainian roadmap on the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine. Picture by Rory Arnold / No 10 Downing Street

As part of the conference, the UK is calling on the private sector to boost Ukraine’s recovery, and support both urgent recovery needs and to galvanise action for long-term reconstruction.

UK support announced at the conference will help kick-start Ukraine’s road to recovery and help lay the foundations for private sector investment. In the immediate term, this means repairing vital energy, transport and social infrastructure and rebuilding liberated towns and bomb-destroyed cities, to bolster Ukraine’s resilience for the months ahead.

Putin’s illegal war has caused untold destruction and devastation across Ukraine. The recent destruction of the Kakhovka dam has wide-reaching ecological and humanitarian consequences, which has dramatically worsened the situation.

As Russia’s illegal war rages on, Ukraine vitally needs support to not just win the peace, but to emerge as a stronger, more prosperous country, resilient to future threats.

Following announcements made today, the UK’s non-military assistance to Ukraine now totals more than £4.7 billion.

Speaking earlier, the UK Prime Minister announced a landmark package of financial support for the country, including $3 billion of additional guarantees to unlock World Bank lending, and £240 million of bilateral assistance.

The UK is also working with international partners to provide further new financial backing for Ukraine’s economy, with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) looking to raise between €3 to 5 billion of new capital from shareholders, backed by the UK. This has the potential to quadruple investment capacity in Ukraine.

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said:

As Ukraine enters a second year defending itself against Putin’s illegal invasion, it is vital the global community continues to shows our strength of support for Ukraine’s recovery.

Through hosting this event, we are standing in solidarity with Ukraine and committing our support for them to emerge from the war not only victorious, but as a sustainable, modern and resilient democracy.

The commitments the UK has made today will bolster Ukraine’s current and future recovery needs.

The Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly attends the 2023 Ukraine Recovery Conference at the O2 Intercontinental. The conference is designed to present the Ukrainian roadmap on the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine. Picture by Rory Arnold / No 10 Downing Street

The further UK support will cover a wide-range of sectors essential to Ukraine’s current resilience and future prosperity.

Vital support to Ukraine’s energy sector will not only keep the lights on in hospitals, schools and homes, it will also help Ukraine’s longer-term energy infrastructure rebuild as a green and sustainable system, including:

  • a £45 million envelope of funding, part of the UK’s wider £62 million programme, to support Ukraine’s energy recovery over the next 2 years. Of this, £25 million is going to the International Finance Corporation’s Ukraine Economic Resilience Action platform, to bolster Ukraine’s energy security. £3 million will support a new technical assistance facility to speed up Ukraine’s energy sector reform and decarbonisation
  • a memorandum of understanding signed by UK Minister for Europe Leo Docherty and Ukrainian Minister for Energy German Galushchenko, committing UK support to Ukraine’s energy sector and help to secure a green energy future
  • the UK, the Government of the Ukraine and members of the G7+ have agreed a Clean Energy Partnership to coordinate international efforts to rebuild Ukraine’s energy system as a more modern, decentralised, and green energy system, fit for full European integration and a Net Zero future

Efforts to reconstruct and rebuild towns and infrastructure after Russian bombardments will receive UK support to help ensure the most urgent repairs are delivered, with:

  • a £26.3 million equivalent loan backed by UK Export Finance, allowing the Ukrainian government to start rebuilding six vital bridges damaged as a direct result of the illegal Russian invasion, reopening supply routes near the capital, Kyiv
  • £12 million to the Partnership Fund for a Resilient Ukraine to enable the Government of Ukraine and its communities to remain resilient in the face of Russia’s aggression, including support to identify and respond to immediate recovery priorities in newly liberated territories in the east, south and in Ukraine’s border areas

UK support will facilitate and enhance private sector investment in Ukraine, before the end of the conflict, including with:

  • $25 million from the UK’s development finance institution, the British International Investment (BII), to support the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Global Trade Finance Program to help keep cross-border trade lines open. This follows the Prime Minister’s announcement this morning that the UK is committing £250 million of new capital to BII

Ukraine’s e-governance and fiscal capacity will be strengthened, including through improved transparency, accountability and anti-corruption measures. This includes:

  • a further £15 million for a new anti-corruption e-governance project, being delivered with UK support, to build transparency and accountability into key public services in Ukraine
  • £2 million to the Government of Ukraine’s digital system for reconstruction management, the Digital Restoration Ecosystem for Accountable Management (DREAM) platform which will increase the transparency of reconstruction projects
  • HMRC recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding, to provide a further 3 years of peer-to-peer capacity building support to Ukraine’s State Tax Service

The Ukraine Recovery Conference continues in London tomorrow (Thursday 22 June), with a focus on the role private sector and businesses can play in supporting Ukraine’s recovery.

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