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  • Volodymyr Groysman: Ukraine is a country with significant potential, while Ukrainian citizens have proven the ability to recognize and protect European values
    posted 06 July 2017 13:40

    Ukraine is a great country with significant potential and opportunities, while Ukrainian people have proven their right to join the European family and the ability to recognize and protect European values. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during the Ukraine Reform Conference. The conference has become the major event during the visit of Volodymyr Groysman to the UK, which brings together representatives of the Government of Great Britain, the European Commission, heads of leading financial organizations of the world, investors and managers of large companies.

    Opening the Conference the Head of Government said that the reforms having been implemented in Ukraine over the past three years are aimed at overcoming the main challenge - institutional weakness that has been formed for decades.

    "And this is why we don’t divide objectives into those of top priority and tasks to be addressed later. We have launched reforms in all sectors of life, and we have to do a lot of important things together and immediately", the Head of Government said, adding that the Government’s actions are opposed by populist politicians, who are trying to destroy the reforms, as well as the old system.

    "But we have managed to formulate concrete decisions and to start implementing them", noted Volodymyr Groysman. “Since 2014 we have begun institutional reconstruction of Ukraine - including with the help of international partners. Over the years, we have formed anti-corruption legislation, an independent anti-corruption infrastructure. The reform of the judicial system that began in October (last year) is not a simple process, but we understand that it is necessary to build such a legal system in which the judicial branch has the highest credibility in society."

    In the economic sphere, the Head of Government stressed, we observe growth after many years of downturn. The country is implementing one of the most successful reforms - decentralization, when authority, including financial, is devolved to regions. Moreover, progressive development can be observed in the tax system and deregulation.

    "We have a medium-term plan that contains goals and objectives - economic growth, the rule of law, fight against corruption, security and defense, human capital development of Ukraine and they will yield its result", said Volodymyr Groysman.

    He added that some say that the topic of Ukraine is not timely and our struggle is the war between two countries. "Meanwhile, the struggle is underway between the democratic world and another world that does not recognize democratic values. And the border of this struggle is at the eastern border of Ukraine", emphasized the Prime Minister.

    He assured that despite all the challenges, Ukraine is determined to change. And those changes will affect five most important areas – a pension and land reforms, state property reform, education and healthcare. In this context, the Head of Government thanked the international partners of Ukraine for the support and personally Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson for organizing the Conference and a clear position on Ukraine.

    "I deeply believe that with such partners, team, plan we will win and achieve success", Volodymyr Groysman summed up.