In Ukraine, positive changes, and despite the difficult test, the government is undertaking the necessary reforms to improve the lives of citizens. This was written by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman in a newspaper column for the Wall Street Journal, the press service of the Cabinet.
“When I became Prime Minister in April 2016, our main task was to stabilize the situation in the country. We needed to establish a new, transparent rules in many areas – the fight against corruption, create a favorable business climate. We worked a lot, and the numbers prove it. After 17% drop (GDP. – Ed.) in 2014-2015, in 2016, the GDP grew by 2.3%. Last year’s European Commission report argues that we have reached an unprecedented level of change, and the continued cooperation with the International monetary Fund on the reform program (EFF. – Ed.) volume of 17 billion dollars proves it,” – said Groisman.
The head of government stressed that transformation is never easy, but the main principle of work of the Cabinet is to remain transparent and open in discussing and making any decisions. Groysman said that it was with the decision to establish the market value of gas for all users – a year earlier than expected: IMF. According to him, was similarly observed these principles and the obligation of all state agencies to use e-procurement system, which has received many international awards.
“We are proud of our accomplishments, and set five key priorities which we plan to achieve by 2020. Tasks:
- to accelerate economic growth for business development, create new jobs, increase of salaries;
- establish effective rules for governance and use of public funds;
- to fight corruption;
- to increase the level of security;
- to meet the needs of citizens in the protection of health”, – said Groisman..
The Prime Minister is confident that achieving these objectives will open new prospects and possibilities for Ukraine. He reminded that Ukraine – a member of the world trade organization (WTO), also between Ukraine and the EU has an agreement on free trade zone and visa-free movement, and soon the full force earns a free trade regime with Canada.
In addition, when the Cabinet of Ministers established the Office of investments, and recently the European business Association, which brings together large companies operating in Ukraine, published the Index of investment attractiveness of the state – the highest in the last 6 years.
“The volume of foreign direct investments last year amounted to 4.41 billion dollars, 17% higher than in 2015. Ukraine has a great future, and together with international partners we will achieve it. This Thursday, July 6, we will have the opportunity to expand the circle of support – thanks to a great forum dedicated to reforms in Ukraine”, – said the head of Ukrainian government.
Recall, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine at a meeting on Tuesday, July 4, approved and forwarded for consideration to the National Council of reforms under the President of the new privatization bill, providing for a significant simplification of the procedure for the sale of state assets.