Today a seminar was held in V.N.Karazin Kharkiv National University for local government and state officials of Kharkiv and Kharkiv region. The event was opened by the first Vice President - Executive Director of the Association of Local Government of Kharkiv Region Mykola Titov, rector of V.N.Karazin Kharkiv National University Vil Bakirov, rector of O.M. Beketov Kharkiv National University of Urban Economy Volodymyr Babayev, deputy director of the Department of Economics and International Relations of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration Denys Tkachov. 

During the seminar the centers for international programs implementation and regional development were presented (Regional Center of international projects and programs which will operate by V.N.Karazin Kharkiv National University, Center of Regional Development by the University of Urban Economy, Center for Local Government of Kharkiv region by the regional Association of local government).

The main tasks of these development centers are informational and methodological provision of potential recipients of international technical assistance, contribution to obtaining and efficient use of international technical assistance in Kharkiv region; development of strategies for social-economic development of the territories.

As it was pointed out by the participants of the seminar, there was a need long ago to involve international technical assistance by local communities, using solid scientific basis of Kharkiv and Kharkiv region.

This year 540 million dollars of international assistance will be implemented in Ukraine, including Kharkiv projects, on which 3 million dollars will be spent. This figure cannot meet a powerful Kharkiv region. This was emphasized during the event. Therefore one of the tasks of the presented today centers is a professional development of local government and executive authorities in the sphere of attracting and implementation of international technical assistance.

The newly created regional centers are also called to respond to the communities allocutions: to formulate the problem in a scientific plane, look for its solution and sources of funding.

To encourage residents of the region to make projects and obtain means for their funding it is planned to conduct an international fair of projects in Kharkiv and Kharkiv region this autumn. All communities of the region are invited to participate in it, the prepared projects will be presented to foreign investors and interested organizations.

On July 16, 2013 the cooperation agreement was signed between Kharkiv Regional Council, Kharkiv Regional State Administration, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, O.M. Beketov Kharkiv National University of Urban Economy and the Association of Local Government of Kharkiv region.

This Agreement governs the establishment of regional centers for the international programs implementation and regional development. The centers will provide assistance in cooperation with international organizations on implementation of projects and programs of international technical assistance in the local government. The signing of the agreement was held within the work, aimed at the implementation in regions of a task of the President of Ukraine on local government reforming.


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