EBRD and NCCR supports communication sector development in Ukraine

By Anton Usov

The EBRD is providing support for the development of the Ukrainian communications sector through a specialised training programme. The programme of cooperation is aimed at supporting the National Commission for Communications Regulation of Ukraine (NCCR) in the implementation of a modern regulatory framework in Ukraine, one which reflects international best practice.  EBRD and NCCR will also seek involvement of key sector policy-makers, relevant state institutions, private operators and service providers in the training.

The Electronic Communications Regulatory Training programme has a range of objectives designed to develop further one of the most dynamic sectors of the Ukrainian economy. They include: strengthening the institutional and technical capacity of the NCCR and broadening the awareness of modern communications and competition concepts among the regulators, commercial operators and consumers.

This training, financed by the Government of Finland, is part of the Bank’s work with relevant regulatory telecommunication authorities in the countries of operation. It provides practical assistance with the development and implementation of sector policies, drafting of new laws and implementing legislation. It also deals with a variety of fundamental electronic communications sector issues, covering all areas of law, policy, regulation, technical, financial and economic practices.  

During the eight-week training sessions, which will commence in April 2011 and be implemented over the course of the coming six-months, a group of EBRD experts will provide the NCCR and sector specialists with an overview of world trends and a review of current regulatory systems. The training will also cover: technical and regulatory aspects of network interconnection, the operation of a competitive market, market identification and analysis, access to and sharing infrastructure, managements of scarce resources, consumer rights and interests.

As a result of this training, the EBRD and the NCCR will be able to better understand sector needs and trends, further support needs, as well access the scope of the Bank’s potential investments into the Ukrainian communications sector.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is the largest financial investor in Ukraine. As of 31 December 2010, the Bank had committed over €6 billion ($8.3 billion) through 264 projects.