A visiting session of the National Reform Council was held in Vinnytsia under the chairmanship of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy. It was attended by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov, Head of the Office of the President Andrii Yermak, Chairman of the Executive Committee for Reforms Mikheil Saakashvili and other officials.
The President of Ukraine stressed that despite the current difficulties and challenges, there are unprecedented opportunities for the development of an efficient, open, new European state and strengthening the economy. "Instead of trying to avoid problems, we should embark on solving them, no matter how difficult it is - and the projects proposed by the National Reform Council demonstrate that it is possible to change a lot, step by step to make life easier for business - entrepreneurs who create the state economy," emphasized Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The participants of the meeting of the National Council of Reforms discussed the reform of the State Architectural and Construction Inspectorate, the reform of subsoil use and the simplification of connection to the power grid.
According to the Prime Minister, all three reforms are critical to improving the economic situation, a total blow to corruption and attracting investment to Ukraine.
"Each of the reforms implies the creation of preconditions for regional competition, which would help communities in attracting investors to their territory," said Denys Shmyhal.
The Head of Government stressed that the reform of the SACI had already come to an end. "Bills have been finalized. I am confident that now we will advance much faster to see the first results by late October," said the Prime Minister.
According to Denys Shmyhal, the sphere of subsoil use is billions of dollars of potential investments flows to Ukraine. "This year we have already seen what the revenues from the first auction can be to the state budget with regards to subsoil use," the Prime Minister noted.
Moreover, the PM stressed that today's indicator of connection to the power grid is worsening Ukraine's performance in the World Bank's Doing Business ranking. "Ukraine is ranked 64th overall in the world. And it ranks 128th in terms of connection to the grid. No investor wants to spend more than a year and a lot of money to get electricity," said Denys Shmyhal, adding that solving this problem will allow Ukraine to make a breakthrough in investment.
The participants of the meeting of the National Reform Council stressed that bills have already been drafted on a number of issues, and expressed hope for quick and fruitful work with the Verkhovna Rada. On other reforms, common positions are being developed and will be presented in the shortest time possible.