The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine introduces fundamental changes in the country, in particular, a public administration reform aimed at reforming the structure of state administration and developing new approaches that can lead Ukraine to success. In this regard, the Government needs those people who are willing to work together and are committed to strengthen Ukraine. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman made this statement during a meeting with Stanford University Professor Francis Fukuyama, who visits Ukraine within the framework of the presentation of his developments on civil service reform.
"We are discussing civil service issues, which have always been politicized and non-transparent. Quality of services and solutions, to put it mildly, have always been not quite professional. At the same time, it is clear that society does not quite understand what the reform of the state service is. How to feel it? Reform means that people who can make qualitative decisions and services came to work, thus we began to change the system of public administration", the Head of Government stated.
The Prime Minister stressed that results have been already apparent. There is a different experience.
"The new quality is what Ukrainians need. They will see the result. We must multiply benefits of experience, and eradicate imperfections from the agenda of our work ", Volodymyr Groysman claimed.
The Head of Government praised new projects being implemented within the framework of the reform. Key among them is an idea of improving the civil service in synergy with the Professional Government Association of Ukraine and Kyiv School of Economics with the support of Francis Fukuyama, Stanford University Professor.
"The Government does not need assistance. All we need is people willing to come to work in the Government in order to give impetus to the civil service system, the Prime Minister added, our goal is to build a strong country with a strong democracy, a strong economy, and a strong judicial system. This task should become a reason for us to wake up and to do our work".
On his part, Francis Fukuyama stressed that Ukraine today is a frontline state in a global struggle for democracy. "A modern, professional, non-partisan civil service is absolutely critical for the success of any democracy. It is an area that was neglected in early stages, but I am extremely glad that there are leaders who are willing to address it now," Francis Fukuyama underscored.
In the presence of the Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman, a Memorandum on the launch of the Civil Service Feedback Loop Initiative was signed. The parties to the instrument are the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Professional Government Association (PGA), the Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) and Kyiv School of Economics (KSE). The project is designed to increase the efficiency of the civil service and to strengthen the Government’s capacity to ensure the development of Ukraine. The project is not the first in cooperation between Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and Professional Government Association. In May 2017, the parties agreed to work together, first of all, on the popularization of innovative approaches to improving the performance of civil servants.
Professional Government Association brings together over 3,000 young western-educated Ukrainians who studied at the best universities in Europe and the United States and returned to build a new Ukraine.