Recently, the government of our country decided to find another “simple solution” – to take a commercial loan for 10 years, fire engines from Austria. We, as manufacturers, deny the artificial creation of non-competitive market conditions. In this we were supported by journalists of the ICTV channel.
But we want to emphasize that in the edition in which it is offered to sign the program of delivery of the Austrian fire trucks, it is a question of granting of 100% of the commodity credit.
Thus, such large funds for Ukraine as 250 million euros + interest on the loan, the state budget will give as debt repayment for 10 years. This will reduce to 0 all the possibilities for the purchase of other fire and rescue equipment.
In our opinion, this program should prescribe the requirement for mandatory localization of production. In this case, we get:
import of innovations
ensure the payment of taxes to the state budget of Ukraine.
That is, without the condition of mandatory localization, foreign suppliers do not need to negotiate with Ukrainian producers. They will simply withdraw, within a decade, funds from the state budget, taxpayers’ funds.
Provided that such wording as the localization requirement is prescribed, Austrian or other producers will be forced to organize joint ventures with Ukrainian producers.
Manufacturers from Europe can choose their own partner to work with in the future, and Ukraine will get additional jobs.
Everyone will benefit from this – manufacturers will receive investment in technology, the state – taxes and employment, as well as new modern fire and rescue equipment.
For its part, Pozhmashina has been negotiating for 5 years with manufacturers around the world, including XCMG, IVEKO-MAGIRUS, Rosenbauer, Vulkan. But the existing legal framework does not encourage foreigners to open joint ventures in Ukraine. We are not interested in them and do not need them in conditions when at the state level they can simply agree on the sale of equipment on credit under state guarantees. And when there is a state position with mandatory localization, then the situation will change completely!