Polish reformer’s task: Fix Ukraine’s lousy roadways

Slawomir Novak, the Polish citizen who is the acting chief of the state road agency Ukravtodor, speaks with the Kyiv Post in his office on Feb. 16. (Volodymyr Petrov)

Photo by Volodymyr Petrov

Slawomir Nowak has a long road ahead of him. Patching up Ukraine’s crumbling road network, the Polish citizen faces a range of obstacles, detours and roadblocks along the way.

Nowak took over the state road agency Ukravtodor as its acting head in October, at the invitation of Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan. Nowak’s record includes experience in various infrastructure areas in Poland, but in Ukraine his main goal will be to strengthen the country’s road links with the European Union, simplifying business logistics at the same time.

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