February 28, First Deputy Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv took part in the Third Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy in Bucharest.
In his address, Stepan Kubiv emphasized that the digitalization of the economy and the society is a strategically important priority for the Government, the President and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine as a component of European integration of Ukraine.
"This is an effective tool for economic growth, which creates wide opportunities for the use of modern advanced technologies in all sectors of the economy and life. The digital market will enable for the creation of a successful trade, better security, attract more opportunities for entrepreneurs and better conditions for citizens", said Stepan Kubiv.
The First Deputy Prime Minister also reminded that Ukraine is already part of the process of digital transformation, which includes the development of advanced communication technologies, cybersecurity, reduction of international roaming charges with the Eastern Partnership countries, development of digital infrastructure and e-commerce.
"We ensured the digitalization of public procurements through ProZorro, formed an extensive system of centers for providing administrative services and are ready to integrate into the European Union in a large number of areas: expansion of foreign trade, harmonization of standards with the EU, large-scale reformation of education systems, healthcare and other", explained Stepan Kubiv.
The First Deputy Prime Minister noted that in 2018 Ukraine had joined the two-stage assessment of the Roadmap for integration into the Digital Single Market of the EU, which is being conducted by the European Commission.
"Ukraine is ready to advance in this direction even further than is foreseen by the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The most important and relevant areas of digitalization are cybersecurity, innovation, e-government, and e-commerce development. In turn, this allows us to develop Ukrainian digital infrastructure and effectively improve the conditions and quality of life of people throughout the country", Stepan Kubiv emphasized.
The First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine called on the EU to provide support to Ukraine in developing the digital infrastructure, which is the basis for further digitalization processes.
On the outcomes of the meeting, the participants approved the Declaration, with which the confirmed the political accord of the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries to continue the dialogue on reducing tariffs for roaming services, thereby contributing to the implementation of practical steps in this direction.