Good afternoon, dear colleagues, fellow Ukrainians.
On Wednesday, during a speech in the Verkhovna Rada, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy proposed reference points and elements of the new Ukrainian Doctrine.
This is a new vision and a new philosophy of what our success will look like, what we need to do, what our values and guidelines are.
The President has outlined five reference points of the Ukrainian Doctrine for discussion:
These reference points are in line with many of the Government’s projects identified as priorities for this year.
Now, each ministry must present a roadmap of changes in line with the elements of the new Doctrine announced by the President. It should be a comprehensive, clear and public strategy.
Everything should be set out in a clear structure. All documents should be open to public scrutiny, discussion and debate.
It will be the personal responsibility of each minister.
The first two points mentioned by the President are the philosophy of our victory and the global nature of Ukrainian security.
The first priority is the implementation of the Peace Formula.
Next is joining the EU and NATO. The priority task now is to start negotiations on full membership of the EU.
European integration is the compass for all our reforms and changes. We have a clear roadmap for this process: self-screening of legislation, implementation of European directives, integration into European markets, participation in joint EU programmes, fulfilment of the European Commission’s recommendations on the implementation of the European instrument for assistance to Ukraine.
The security of our country after the war will not only mean joining NATO. First and foremost, it is our Army and our defence industry.
Ukraine should become a centre for the production of modern weapons in Europe. We are moving towards a new structure in the defence industry. We are planning joint projects with the world’s largest defence companies. This will necessarily include localisation in the production of equipment and weapons. We attach great importance to modern technological solutions and developments.
Another point of great importance is security in everyday life. Safety on the roads, in schools, in public places, safety in our own homes. In this regard, the top priorities are mine clearance and the construction of shelters.
The third reference point is the policy of heroes. We have identified this as a new veterans’ policy in the top 10 reform priorities of the Government for this year.
Integration of veterans into social and economic life. Affordable mortgages. Grants that we are already providing for veteran businesses and will continue to expand in this area. Social support. Physical and mental rehabilitation. Establishment of veteran assistants. New barrier-free standards. Memorialisation of the war and the experience of our victory. Creation of the Pantheon of Heroes and the National Military Cemetery. These are the things that the President spoke about, and it is important to involve the veterans who have returned from the war in their implementation.
The fourth reference point is justice. This is the number one demand of our society.
The creation of a special tribunal to punish the russian military and political leadership. Confiscation of russian assets to rebuild Ukraine. We are actively moving in both directions and have already seen the first results.
The fifth reference point is a new Ukraine, our transformation in 10 years.
Ukraine needs a new economic model. Without it, it will be impossible to achieve the set and very ambitious goal – Ukraine’s GDP should reach one trillion dollars in 10 years.
The Ministry of Economy plays a key role in achieving this goal and will therefore present a clear and comprehensive strategy for Ukraine’s new economy. Private capital and entrepreneurs will be the key players in this new economic model.
In turn, the role of the state in the economy will be radically reduced. Privatisation will continue, corporate governance reform will be completed, radical deregulation will be carried out, and all services for business will be digitised.
As we have said, the focus should not just be on the GDP figure. New jobs and new businesses are the indicators by which performance will be measured.
One of the key elements of the economic philosophy is the principle that Ukraine relies on processing. Not the export of raw materials, but the export of finished products. Ukraine’s inclusion in European and global production chains.
The second item within this reference point is new honest relations between the state and society. This is what is defined in the Government’s priorities as an effective digital state, new social policy and human capital development.
All services for people and businesses online. Compact state apparatus. Creation of the Government Centre.
In the social sphere, this is a pension reform that should include the creation of a retirement savings system.
This is a new social contract. We are building a person’s own capacity instead of dependence on the state. Social services and payments should be as targeted as possible.
The family is at the centre of state policy and attention. A new paternity policy, about which the President has spoken a great deal, needs to be developed. The creation of the Mriya system, which will include all necessary services for children, their upbringing, education, development and future.
The third item within this reference point is a new model of education and science. Comprehensive developments of the Ministry of Digital Transformation and the Ministry of Education are almost complete and will be presented soon.
A presidential draft law on English as a language of international communication has already been submitted to the Verkhovna Rada. English will be mandatory throughout the education system. The state will pay for English language classes through the ePidtrymka programme. We will do everything to ensure that every Ukrainian can speak English. Indeed, knowledge of a foreign language means increasing competitiveness and salaries in the labour market for every Ukrainian.
The fourth point is the development of all our territories. This is the reconstruction of Ukraine on the principle of “build back better”. The decentralisation reform will continue. Each community will have its own recovery and development plan, based on new realities.
Dear colleagues, the points I have just listed are only a part of what the President of Ukraine has spoken about and what we in the Government have identified as priorities for the near future.
The task before you now is to bring all these things together and present a comprehensive vision in one document. This is the vision we need now for every sector. We cannot wait for the war to end.
We must move fast, much faster than others. This is the condition for our victory and success.
Ukraine is already winning and Ukraine is changing. We are doing all we can for that.
Thank you for your attention. Glory to Ukraine!