August 22, 2023, 18:21

Formation of a Human Resource Reserve, Economic Recovery Strategy, and Cognitive De-occupation: the Developments in the Reintegration of Crimea

After regaining control over the occupied territory, the state must first ensure security, meet humanitarian needs, and ensure effective governance of the territory. For this purpose, the appropriate machinery of government should be developed now, and there should be people who are ready and highly motivated to work. And most importantly, people living in temporarily occupied territory should know for sure what awaits them, what decisions will be made, and what decisions are already being implemented.

This was emphasized by Olha Kuryshko, Deputy Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, during a panel discussion on the eve of the Third Summit of the International Crimea Platform.

She spoke about the steps being taken now to ensure the successful reintegration of Crimea. In particular, she drew attention to the issue of restoring public authorities and the processes already underway in this direction.

According to her, the strategy development for state authorities’ restoration in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea has already begun to work out. “This is a matter of forming a personnel reserve. We have already gained success—a pilot project has been launched under the auspices of the Ministry of Reintegration, the National Agency for Civil Service, and our initiative. That’s the formation of a personnel reserve of civil servants willing to work in the returned territory of Crimea. Currently, over 1500 people have their application issued, 80% of whom want to work in Crimea, and this is very significant,” she said.

According to Olha Kuryshko, training is an important component in this issue, and solutions regarding this direction have already begun to be intros. In particular, the High School of Public Governance will launch 14 short-term projects, programs that will train future civil servants or those civil servants who are currently working but want to work in Crimea.

At the same time, she emphasized that the economic recovery strategy for Crimea has been thoroughly designed for two years. Thus, much international, local, and groundwork have already been laid for the number of projects to be implemented in Crimea.

In particular, Olha Kuryshko noted among the major projects are, for example, the reopening of a major international airport in Crimea, the construction of large highways, and the creation of an environmentally friendly energy network that will provide Crimea with energy independence.

“We are now entering the stage of signing the Memorandum, and tomorrow, together with the Ministry of Reconstruction, we will launch the We Build Ukraine platform, a platform where businesses that declare their readiness to work and restore Crimea will be able to join the signing of the Memorandum. We are starting to unite business with the relevant ministries to look for money and think about what direction and projects can be implemented,” she added.

In addition, Olha Kuryshko explained how the issue of cognitive de-occupation of the region should be addressed.

“The issue of cognitive de-occupation is the issue of combating the very negative manifestations that have been taking place in Crimea all this time—militarization, extensive propaganda, and the detachment of our citizens from understanding what processes have been taking place in the territory controlled by Ukraine, what reforms have been taking place. This is work with values, and there should be a whole range of measures. We have now assembled a large working group, which includes many of our partners and friends, government officials, and experts. Right now, they are working on measures that can be implemented right away,” she added.

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