First Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Economy of Ukraine Oleksiy Lyubchenko met with the leadership of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The United States was represented by Under Secretary of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury Andy Baukol, Advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury David Lipton, and Head of the Office of Technical Assistance of the US Department of the Treasury Ferris Fink.
Oleksiy Lyubchenko expressed gratitude to the United States for its unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, assistance in implementing reforms, ensuring sustainable economic growth, and combating the coronavirus pandemic.
"Despite the hardships of last year, which was characterized by the negative economic phenomena caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we have ensured macroeconomic stability in Ukraine and entered into economic recovery this year," said the First Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Economy of Ukraine.
Oleksiy Lyubchenko reaffirmed his desire to continue cooperation programs: "We are considering our cooperation with the IMF not only in terms of obtaining additional financing, which is undoubtedly crucial for the further sustainable development of Ukraine's economy, but also taking into account the signal of our effective interaction with the IMF for international investors. This is extremely important for Ukraine," Oleksiy Lyubchenko stressed.
Also, the First Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Economy of Ukraine expressed gratitude for the implementation of joint technical assistance programs provided by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to Ukraine, and called for further expansion, especially on optimizing public debt management and development of institutions to combat economic crimes.
The parties paid special attention to the issue of imposing sanctions. Ukraine, for its part, is pursuing a large-scale sanctions policy against Russia in response to Russian aggression. Oleksiy Lyubchenko expressed interest in closer cooperation on the practical implementation of sanctions, in particular to ensure the maximum possible synchronization of sanctions policy, including the introduction of secondary restrictive measures.
The parties agree on the special importance of the independence of the National Bank.
In addition, Oleksiy Lyubchenko stressed that an important element in minimizing threats to national security is the creation of a national system for monitoring foreign investment in Ukraine.
It will be recalled that the other day the First Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Economy of Ukraine Oleksiy Lyubchenko met with the leadership of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The parties agreed to develop electronic exchange of tax information.