Today, on April 22, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko held a video meeting with the leadership of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC).
The Deputy Prime Minister noted that through a single coordination mechanism, general information on the needs of financial, expert or logistical assistance to combat the coronavirus epidemic in Ukraine is collected and updated on a weekly basis.
“The mechanism will improve interaction with all partners that support Ukraine. It is important that Ukraine also contributes to the worldwide pandemic by helping partners. Ukrainian aircraft continually deliver the necessary supplies around the world to fight the coronavirus, and Ukrainian distilleries are capable of producing record volumes of isopropyl alcohol for disinfectants. Coordination of these efforts, in particular through the world-wide Ukrainian communities, is critical to ensure the effectiveness of the measures taken and the timely response to the urgent needs,” he stressed.
Vadym Prystaiko informed UWC representatives that the Government was also working on additional mechanisms to support the economy, social and other spheres.
“The Government has been engaged in elaborating more strategic steps, including maintaining production of Ukrainian medical supplies and equipment, as well as support programs for micro and small businesses. The Government has recently approved a decision that will allow small businesses to receive loans at 0% interest. This would stimulate the production of medical and other necessary goods in Ukraine and allow to preserve jobs,” Vadym Prystaiko emphasized.
The Deputy Prime Minister also thanked the leadership of the Ukrainian World Congress for their active participation and practical assistance to Ukraine and Ukrainians during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Ukrainians all over the world have supported each other in these difficult times. The pandemic has just proved that we are stronger when we act in synergy,” Vadym Prystaiko emphasized.
On April 2, 2020, on commission of the Prime Minister of Ukraine, a single mechanism for collecting the data and coordinating the provision of international assistance to Ukraine in combating the spread of the coronavirus has been established. General coordination was commissioned to the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko.