During his working visit to Vilnius, the Republic of Lithuania, on July 8, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal met with the Vice President of the World Bank for Europe and Central Asia Anna Bjerde, as well as the World Bank Regional Director for Eastern Europe Arup Banerji.
The parties discussed the implementation of reforms in Ukraine and execution of joint projects.
The Prime Minister noted that the moratorium on the sale of agricultural land had been lifted in Ukraine on July 1, thereby allowing to effectively launch the land reform.
"Since July 1, the land market has started working. In the first six days, 322 deals on land plots were registered, which were previously subject to a moratorium. For the first time in 30 years, Ukrainians have been able to freely dispose of their land. The opening of the land market and the development of the agricultural sector must take place in accordance with the principles of the green economy. We are interested in the experience of the World Bank and support for the implementation of such technologies," noted Denys Shmyhal.
The Head of Government also noted that one of the biggest reforms in our country had become the decentralization reform. Ukraine has changed the administrative-territorial system and embarked on a new path of development. Denys Shmyhal stressed that these are crucial changes necessary for regional development and welfare of communities.
Besides, the parties discussed judicial reform, the development of anti-corruption infrastructure, the development of the energy sector and the fair transformation of coal regions.
For her part, World Bank Vice President Anna Bjerde stressed that Ukraine would remain an important partner for the World Bank.