Over 300 ideas and projects were submitted for the Regional Development Strategy of Zaporizhia Oblast. Collection of project ideas for the Implementation Plan of the Regional Development Strategy of Zaporizhia Oblast for the period till 2020 was completed, informed Ms. Ella Slepyan, Director of Economic Development and Trade Department of the Oblast State Administration, in the meeting of the working group on preparation of the activity plan for 2016-2018 for Strategy implementation. The meeting was chaired by the First Deputy Head of the Oblast State Administration, Mr. Kostyantyn Bryl’.
In total over 300 project ideas were submitted for the strategy. As Kostyantyn Bryl’ mentioned, next step was very important – this was the selection of the projects. The official informed that this selection would be done in close cooperation with PLEDDG Project (Partnership for Local Economic Development and Democratic Governance) experts and called the members of the working subgroups to thoroughly select the right projects that would determine the development of the territories for years ahead, and would not become a burden for oblast budget.
“The members of the working subgroups should get well prepared to defend the selected projects, as the choice should be well-grounded”, – stressed First Deputy Head of the Oblast State Administration.
In her turn Ella Slepyan reminded the members of the working group about the criteria by which the projects should be selected and with which they should comply.
Also the members of the working group took advice from Mr. Vasyl Kashevskyi, consultant of the international technical assistance project “Partnership for Local Economic Development and Democratic Governance” and the consultant of the working group, who participated in the meeting on-line through Skype conference. In particular, he advised to give the priority to the projects which would impact big territories, and not a separate village or city.
Based on the results of the event it was decided to conduct first meeting of the departmental working groups where their operating procedures will be set; the schedule of work finalized; received project ideas presented to the members of the group; preliminary selection of the project ideas based on their compliance with the selection criteria conducted.
Methodological (advisory) support to the structural departments of the oblast state administration in the process of project ideas screening will be provided by Economic Development and Trade Department, Finance Department, International Relations and Foreign Economic Activity Department of the Oblast State Administration.