Minister of Youth and Sports Ihor Zhdanov met with Head of the SACCI project (USAID-funded Support to Anti-Corruption Champion Institutions) Lawrence Held. The project is a five-year initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which aims to help Ukraine reduce corruption and increase the transparency of governance.
Among the key goals of the project is the development and adoption of a comprehensive legislative and political anti-corruption system. Ihor Zhdanov appealed to American partners with a request to facilitate providing institutional support for the preparation and implementation of an efficient anti-corruption program of the Ministry, in particular, to engage professional analysts to the process of the development of the program, who are politically unbiased.
In his turn, Lawrence Held highly appreciated the interest of the Ukrainian side in consolidating anti-corruption reforms and noted the successful launch of another joint project The Statist. The youth internship in state authorities was initiated by the Ministry of Youth and Sports together with the Ukrainian Leadership Academy, and is currently being supported by the USAID-funded Project Support to Anti-Corruption Champion Institutions (SACCI).
"The fact that the Ukrainian youth have obtained a new opportunity to practice in the ministries, the Parliament and the Presidential Administration is a positive thing. I know that the competitive selection for participation in the Statist program has attracted wide attention among young people who seek to serve the citizens as civil servants and reform their state", summed up Ihor Zhdanov.
During the meeting, the sides also discussed the need for further deepening and expansion of the Ministry's cooperation with other USAID programs.