The Chairman of the Board of UZ generally positively assessed the results of his work in 2021, reports Railway Supply magazine.

Kamyshin spoke about his achievements and failures during his work at UZ

In 2021, the Chairman of the Board of JSC “Ukrzaliznytsia” Oleksandr Kamyshin considers that at least 15 goals were achieved, and 5 were not achieved.

“Attempt No. 2 to sum up… I will say this, 4 months of systematic work can give a very clear and tangible result. In general, it was a good year, but 2022 will be even better,” the head of the UZ said.

Achievements

According to Kamyshin, during his work at UZ they managed:

  • Increase cargo transportation (for the first time in 10 years, more cargo was transported than in the previous year).
  • Raise the tariff (according to the chairman of the board of JSC, it was a “battle” that “many started, but lost.” As a result, the tariff for the transportation of goods was raised twice).
  • Start purchasing electricity directly from Energoatom, bypassing intermediaries, by which, according to Kamyshin, UZ “has made more enemies for itself.”
  • Distribution of wagons – exclusively through Prozorro auctions: “Perhaps this is the first season when grain carriers were distributed without politics and “shops”, a pure market.”
  • Launch three regional express trains: “Dunaisky”, “Slobodskoy”, “Bukovelsky”.
  • Buy 20 new sleeping cars.
  • Launch the Vasilkov-Kyiv train.
  • Repair and run the updated Skoda.
  • Carry out 70 km of electrification, which, according to Kamyshin, is “23 times more than the average for the last 8 years”, which marked the beginning of the “Great Construction” at UZ.
  • Launch a program for updating the freight wagon fleet (“gondola cars and grain carriers will return to their standard operating life in 10 years,” the chairman of the board of the joint-stock company believes).
  • For the first time in 17 years, approve the financial plan at the beginning of the year.
  • Complete the first phase of the project with Deutsche Bahn.
  • Enlist the support of the President, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Infrastructure: “Everyone now has a clear understanding that UZ is the blood artery of the economy and the key to population mobility.”
  • Bring UZ to profit: “UAH 457 million of profit at the end of the year, but we accepted the company with UAH 1.4 billion of losses in the first half of the year,” Kamyshin noted.
  • Assemble a team that is “ready to fight the inertia inherent in state-owned companies.”
  • Ukrzaliznytsia will overhaul 13 diesel locomotives for UAH 743 million

Failures

Alexander Kamyshin noted that the company and personally he failed, in particular, to sell non-core assets more than planned: UAH 250 million came out. instead of 500 million hryvnia.

“Yes, this is much more than in previous years, but only because in previous years it was just null,” Kamyshin explained.

He called the task of making a three-year strategy as another problematic moment: “To reduce a clear strategy for at least 3 years. There is an operating time, but not yet in the format I want. I hope the Supervisory Board will help on this case.”

Also, the chairman of the board of the JSC called an unfulfilled goal for himself personally an attempt to establish a work / life balance, since “family, sports, travel and friends suffer”, as well as attempts to get a contract and a salary: “so far, neither one nor the other, but I I really believe that soon we will have a Supervisory Board, and this issue will be resolved both for me and for all members of the board.”

“I have not yet got used to the fact that if there is a strike at the depot, a critical article is published, or the procurator is suddenly indignant because of some kind of Christmas tree, then there is someone’s quite specific interest behind all this. And, as a rule, it is in a completely different place. A reason for pressure is needed, ” summed up Kamyshin.

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