The crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the whole world, so the countries must develop synergy to find ways to overcome the challenges. This was stated by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal during the discussion panel of the Forum "Europe: Reconstruction", which took place on September 9 in Karpacz, the Republic of Poland.
The event was also attended by the President of the Council of Ministers of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki and the Prime Minister of Slovenia Janez Janša.
Denis Shmygal stressed that there are several scenarios for overcoming the crisis, and the common challenge for the countries today is to ensure a balanced and fair recovery for the whole society. He voiced a number of priorities, without which it is impossible to find the way out of the crisis today.
"First, it is essential to have an understanding and vision of the strategy. For the first time during Ukraine’s independence, we have elaborated an economic development strategy until 2030, which contains more than 30 vectors and 12 programs," said the Prime Minister of Ukraine.
Denys Shmyhal added that Ukraine is making a lot of efforts nowadays to develop the healthcare system.
"Next year, the budget for medicine will be twice the budget of 2019. In parallel with the reform of medicinehealthcare, we are changing our approaches. We pay more attention to the scientific basis, development and production of domestic drugs and vaccines," said the Head of the Ukrainian Government.
In addition, economic recovery, according to the Prime Minister of Ukraine, is impossible without the support by the Government and business of infrastructure projects.
"President Volodymyr Zelenskyy initiated the Great Construction program. In Ukraine there is an opportunity to build roads, restore infrastructure, bridges, airports, railway stations. We pay a lot of attention to public-private partnership, which is also an important way to overcome the crisis. Governments must take the lead to bring countries out of the crisis, but without the support of society and business, it is impossible to overcome the challenges we face," said Denys Shmyhal.
Among other things, the Prime Minister noted the importance of the green transition, as it is "not only about climate change, but also about human well-being, significant investments, development of hydrogen technologies and other innovative areas."
To wind up, the Prime Minister of Ukraine stressed that the countries should pay attention to the development of trade and investment environment as well as to take joint steps to strengthen security within the region.