As a result of a meeting of Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman and Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) José Ángel Gurría on Thursday the parties reached an accord on Ukraine's cooperation with OECD experts along a series of directions, in particular, the formation of anti-corruption institutions in Ukraine, a reform of public governance and implementing deregulation measures, the execution of the project "Decentralization in Ukraine", management of public enterprises and privatization.
Volodymyr Groysman noted that the Memorandum of understanding between Ukraine and the OECD and the Action Plan for its implementation are core documents in the bilateral relations. The Government is looking forward to further active cooperation with the OECD on implementation of these documents, he said.
Thus, during the meeting it was agreed that the OECD would render expert assistance to the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption, in particular the analysis of corruption risks, preparation of anti-corruption programs and protection of whistleblowers.
Following the talks, it is expected in December this year there will commence joint work on the implementation of the project "Decentralization in Ukraine".
The key issue of the meeting was the discussion of prospects of Ukraine's accession to the existing tax instruments and mechanisms, given that the Government had started the approval procedure regarding the Multilateral instrument.
Volodymyr Groysman and José Ángel Gurría agreed on the preparation and signing of an Agreement between the OECD and the Ministry of Education of Ukraine to participate in PISA-2018 (The Programme for International Student Assessment) as part of the education reform.
The parties also focused on possible Ukraine's cooperation with OECD experts in reforming the public administration system, carrying out the deregulation in the economy, management of state-owned enterprises and holding transparent privatization.
The Prime Minister appreciated the proposal of the OECD Council concerning joining by Ukraine the Declaration on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises, which is one of the key legal instruments of the OECD in foreign investment. He noted that among essential results of the joint work in the framework of implementation of the Action Plan is the successful execution of the Second Investment Policy Review of Ukraine.
Volodymyr Groysman informed the interlocutors on the launched by the Government reforms and talked about first achievements.
On the outcomes of the meeting, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman and Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) José Ángel Gurría signed an Agreement to extend the Memorandum of understanding between the OECD and the Government of Ukraine on deepening of cooperation.
"Today's signing of the Agreement to extend the Memorandum will become a guarantee for future cooperation in reforming of our country in line with best global practices. The Government will comply fully with the provisions of the Memorandum", emphasized Volodymyr Groysman.