The Kyiv City Card Investor wrote an appeal letter to Vitaliy Klytschko regarding the potential closing of the project.
On December 12, 2018, the media shared some information on the closing of the Kyiv City Card project, which was scheduled for January 1, 2019 due to the termination of the agreement with the investor.
The project investor, UNIT, wrote an open letter to the mayor, expressing its astonishment, which was caused by an unexpected and unjustified unilateral decision to close the largest social project of the capital and the country in general, with over 1,5 million active users in Kyiv, which had been made without the investor’s consent.
This happened despite the numerous claims made by the mayor, where he had emphasized on the importance of the Kyiv City Card for the capital and called it a key part of the Smart City. The Kyiv City Card was also named the most innovative project on the world Smart City Expo World Congress (Barcelona, 2017) and Innovative City (Cannes, 2018) conferences. This, however, did not affect the city’s decision to close the project.
Here is the original text of the appeal letter:
To the Head of the Kyiv City State Administration
Dear Mr. Klytschko,
Our company has learned from the media that the Kyiv City Card Project was being closed, which we found astonishing and confusing to a great extent!
We made numerous attempts to come in contact with you in order to negotiate the terms of future cooperation and project development, however unsuccessfully, since all of our appeals have been ignored. We heard numerous claims about the social significance of the Kyiv City Card for the city and promises of support and cooperation on the project. We have been reassured that the project was interesting and important to maintain on the meetings with the KCSA departments, involved in the cause. Additionally, in your public speeches you have emphasized on the importance of the Kyiv City Card for the capital and called it a key part of the Smart City!
As a socially responsible company, we have been investing into this project for over 7 years and it has become iconic for the whole country, not just Kyiv. We presented the Kyiv City Card on the world Smart City Expo World Congress conference in Barcelona in 2017, where it earned the title of the most innovative project of the year. This year, we presented the mobile application of the Kyiv City Card, granting unlimited possibilities for the Kyiv City Card’s further development! The KCC information telecommunication system has become a powerful instrument to battle corruption in Kyiv!
Based on the above, we respectfully ask you, dear Mr. Klytschko, to immediately personally interfere in the situation revolving around the Kyiv City Card as a guarantor and bodyguard of all the investors in Kyiv!
On behalf of our team, we can assure that UNIT is ready to take any action necessary to resolve the situation with the Kyiv City Card!