On April 13, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the U.S. Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Government of Ukraine, held the U.S.-Ukraine Partnership Forum at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
From the Ukrainian side, the event was attended by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, Minister of Finance Sergii Marchenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States Oksana Markarova, and representatives of the National Bank of Ukraine. The U.S. participants included representatives of the Government, U.S. businesses, investment groups and funds.
The event aims to accelerate the attraction of investments to Ukraine to lay the foundation for a dynamic economic recovery.
Discussions at the Forum focused on stimulating investment, developing Ukraine's market potential, and building a sustainable future.
During the panel discussion with White House Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics Michael Pyle, European Commission Directorate-General Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations Gert Jan Koopman and President of German Marshall Fund Heather A. Conley, Sergii Marchenko noted that Ukraine's rapid recovery largely depends on how quickly the private sector develops, and this requires significant foreign investment.
"Recovery efforts will require strong and sustained cooperation between the Government of Ukraine and the private sector. I am convinced that large-scale investments will become one of the key components of the recovery, the basis of the Marshall Plan for Ukraine. And our partners can offer business investment insurance against military risks," the Minister of Finance of Ukraine said.
Sergii Marchenko called on foreign businesses to invest in Ukraine and assured them of the Ukrainian Government's willingness to cooperate: "We understand that we need to offer investors favorable conditions under which the private sector will feel confident and secure, and the Government is already actively working on this".