S. Kuybida is the Mayor of the City of Lviv.
Mr. Kuybida is a representative of a
new generation of Ukrainian politicians.
In recent years the city of Lviv has been visited by a number of distinguished guests among who were the Prime- Ministers of Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Presidents of Poland and Czech Republic, Mrs. Clinton, US President's wife. In May next year the city will play host to the meeting of presidents of the countries of Eastern Europe. There must be something that attracts people from all walks of life and different stations to Lviv, probably its special atmosphere of old traditions and freedom-loving spirit.
The City Council and Mayor have decided to do everything possible in order to avoid a heavy dependence on the state budget. Private business and capital is actively engaged instead. Privately owned buses and minibuses carry passengers along the most important routes. In addition to bringing considerable sums of money to the city budget in tax revenues, these new private transportation ventures have created many jobs.
The same trend can be observed in janitors' business and elevator-repair business.
A growing share of house maintenance service is getting into private hands. here is an increasing number of private dentists and doctors, public notaries, schools of all kinds springing in town.One of our own companies has created equipment needed for road maintenance and repair whose quality is not worse than that of German-made machines.The city authorities are pursuing a policy that supports entrepreneur ship and private initiative. We are trying to avoid excessive control over them.
Unfortunately, the Ukrainian laws, regulating private business are very inadequate and do not encourage investments. That is why we want to launch a project which will promote private enterprise. A number of measures are designed to create the right atmosphere for the development of private business.We reduce local taxes for some categories of private businessmen, find premises for their offices, help them establish contacts with foreign businessmen and otherwise encourage private business.One of our concerns is the creation of new jobs for the working people of Lviv. After the closure of many factories that used to work for the military-industrial complex, dozens and dozens of thousands of Lviv citizens have been laid off and some employment must be found for them in other spheres of economy. One of them is tourism and services. We have worked out a number of programmes the realization of which will require a lot of private and public effort and expenditure (Water; Energy Supply; Garbage Processing; Electric Transportation; Railroads; Air Terminal; Hotels; Roads; Parking Lots).
Tourist business generates many new jobs. Our getting on the UNESCO list will help solve the problem of maintenance of architectural landmarks. We cannot do it only through our small budget. So, we offer private businesses to rent some of the architectural landmarks at very low costs but on one condition that they will invest certain sums of money within certain periods of time into the renovation and maintenance programmes.
We are confident the city of Lviv will overcome the problems it is facing and will continue to attract visitors and tourists.
Mayor Vasyl KUYBIDA
Monument to the I.Fedorov, 1977.