Kharkiv Press Club Takes Journalists on Tour to observe Odesa’s Progress in Reforms
June 20- 21 – The Kharkiv Press Club, USAID-Internews partner, organized a press tour to Odesa region titled “Odesa Oblast – Experience of Reforms” for ten journalists from the west and the east of Ukraine.
During the press tour the journalists:
• visited a plastic processing workshop in Odesa to discuss innovative ways to make plastic while limiting environmental pollution;
• participated in the 25th Ukrainian Municipal Forum in Odesa. The event assembled community leaders, government officials, experts and representatives of international organizations to discuss urgent issues of local self-governance;
• visited Odesa Hub of the Academy of Public Broadcasting, a new educational and co-working space for students and media workers. They discussed the challenges and prospects of public broadcasting development in Ukraine;
• watched the film “Five Stories” about the life of refugees and had an opportunity to communicate personally with the film’s protagonists;
• discussed the development of alternative energy in Odesa region at the “Partite” press center with Sergey Lievikov, adviser to the head of the State Agency for Energy Efficiency;
• traveled to Ovidiopil amalgamated community, where they observed a wind farm and learned about attracting investments in the renewable energy sector and their impact on the development of the local community, including infrastructure and jobs;
• visited Odesa shipping company “Ukrferry” where they learned about the development of economic cooperation among the countries of the Black Sea basin. The intergovernmental agreements between Ukraine and Bulgaria, Georgia and Turkey regarding international ferry crossings were the focus of discussion during the visit; and
• visited the “Vilnius” car/rail/passenger ferry, a modern vessel that has the Guinness Book of Records certified as the world’s largest vessel in the car/rail/passenger ferry class.