On June 15, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal took part in the second day of the All-Ukrainian Forum "Ukraine 30. Economy without Oligarchs".
As the President of Ukraine noted, the oligarchs, taking advantage of the weakness of state institutions and systemic corruption, received resources, assets and preferences for their own enrichment for nothing, and today they use this wealth against their own country.
"From now on, everything will be different. All we want are clear, transparent, equal and uniform rules for the whole of Ukraine. It doesn't matter if you are a small entrepreneur, a farmer, a big tycoon or a foreign investor. Equal rules for all," Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed.
The Government is focused on making institutional changes that will create conditions under which corruption will be impossible. This was emphasized by the Prime Minister during his speech.
"The system of economic relations, which has long been formed in our country, thwarts our development and reduces the chances of a" Ukrainian economic miracle. "It is an oligarchic system of relations that closely links the economy and politics," the PM said.
Denys Shmyhal stressed that for the team of the President and the Government, this system of relations has nothing to do with building a successful state on a competitive basis. He added that the Government supports the President's initiatives aimed at separating business and politics and creating equal opportunities.
The Prime Minister also voiced three vectors of institutional change for the success of anti-corruption reform: reducing the state's share in the economy, developing market relations and creating new competitive markets, and reforming fiscal and regulatory bodies.
"In 2020, we very successfully kicked off "small-scale privatization ", when the budget received more funds than in the previous 2 years combined. This year we have a "big privatization" planned, where 7 large objects will be sold. International and domestic experts are unanimous - this is one of the biggest anti-corruption steps," said the Prime Minister.
According to Denys Shmyhal, unprofitable state-owned enterprises will receive new investments, communities will receive new jobs, the state will receive direct revenues to the budget and further tax increases. At the same time, according to the Prime Minister, the strategic enterprises that the state plans to keep in its ownership will be corporatized - they will receive a new quality of management and efficiency.
The Head of Government also noted that the state has started a systemic movement in the development of market relations, in particular the energy market.
"Since mid-2020, the gas market for the population has been launched in Ukraine. This year we continued to work and abolished public service obligations mechanism for heat supply utilities. In fact, for 30 years, politicians were afraid to do so, in part because they were differently interested in the absence of such markets. Today, this situation has changed, and the gas market is fully operational, without corruption threats and risks," Denys Shmyhal underlined.
The Prime Minister added that it is now extremely important to create full-fledged competition in both the gas market and the electricity market.
"Preparations for the connection of the Ukrainian energy system to the European ENTSO-E are underway. This will create a market where there is no opportunity for manipulation and use of their monopoly position, " the Head of Government stressed.
Apart from that, Denys Shmyhal emphasized that the land market will be launched on July 1 - a historic step, because finally, citizens will be able to freely dispose of their property.
Among the key innovations in the reform of fiscal and law enforcement agencies, the Prime Minister called the creation of the Bureau of Economic Security. The PM noted that the Bureau will have an analytical and information center, which will allow the new body to focus on countering shadow schemes.
"We will exert every effort to make the creation of the Bureau of Economic Security a new chapter in the relations between the state and business. And there will definitely be no place for corrupt practices and "mask shows". That is why an analytical approach to work is a priority, and the Cabinet of Ministers will constantly accentuate this," Denys Shmyhal summed up.