President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called the conference in Lugano, which will begin on Monday, “a significant step towards the restoration of Ukraine.”
“We are actively preparing for the start of a special conference in Lugano, Switzerland. Her first day is Monday. A large-scale international event dedicated to the restoration of our country. Recovery in the broadest sense of the word. It is necessary not only to restore everything that the invaders destroyed, but to create a new foundation for our life, for Ukraine – safe, modern, convenient, barrier-free,” he said in a traditional video message on Saturday evening.
“This requires huge investments – billions, new technologies, best practices, new institutions and, of course, reforms. And now, on Monday, Ukraine will present in Lugano a national view on how to implement all this,” he also said.
In fact, he noted, “this is the biggest economic project in Europe of our time and an opportunity to show itself for every state, for every company that we invite to work in Ukraine.”
Zelensky recalled that the territories of 10 regions suffered from the hostilities. During this time, 1027 cities and towns were liberated, another 2610 are still under Russian occupation. And most of them need restoration.
“Therefore, the Conference in Lugano can be a significant step towards the restoration of Ukraine. And when we implement this project – and I’m sure it will be – it will be counted, perhaps from this event,” Zelensky stressed.