"We ask an American businesses to participate in a large-scale privatization of Ukrainian state-owned enterprises", said the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk during the first U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum.
"You know, sometimes privatization is over politicized, but my position, and the position of the Government and of the President of Ukraine that we need to launch large-scale privatization", - he stressed.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk recalled that the Government has already passed a number of resolutions that opened the privatization of energy companies. «Centrenergo, which is one of the biggest power generating plants in Ukraine, a number of chemical plants, and several operators of electricity grid generating companies will be privatized in a fully transparent and competitive basis," he said.
"We need to have a very strong and modern private sector to change public sector. We need your experience, your technology, your people who will be able to help the Ukrainian economy to become more attractive, and Ukrainian enterprises more competitive, to create jobs," PM said.
"We as a Government are interested in getting more incomes and you as representatives of the business in getting more profit. We have similar interests, and we will definitely succeed in this. So, please, consider the idea to invest in Ukraine and to participate in the privatization," Arseniy Yatsenyuk said to the conference participants.
He stressed that Ukraine faced tremendous challenges: «We are aware that in order to stop Russian aggression, we must have a capable and very strong military. However, on the other hand – we need to have a very strong economy. To bring Ukrainian people back to work, to increase wages and salaries and to have US investments into the Ukrainian economy. This is the aim of our forum».
The Head of Government called the agriculture, energy and infrastructure other key areas of economic cooperation between Ukraine and the U.S.
He stressed that the goal of the Ukrainian Government "to make people happy, to brighten its future, and to make Ukraine a prosperous state".
And to achieve this, he said, Ukraine has the greatest value: "as well as the U.S. has a nation, a nation that fights and never gives up. We will never give up!"
Another value, which Ukraine has, said the Head of Government, - a new generation. He called it "generation I": "Intellectual, Independent, Internet-dependent. They will boost economic growth in Ukraine".
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that the Government appreciates the support of Ukraine from the side of the American people: "We appreciate your efforts. We feel that the U.S. Government, Parliament and the U.S. Senate and the American people support the Ukrainian people".
"We stand shoulder to shoulder to make this world truly free. We are fighting for our rights, our freedom, for a better future of Ukrainian and American peoples. And there is no doubt we will succeed", the Head of Government said.