The new format of cooperation between parliamentarians, government officials, manufacturers and consumers of armaments and military equipment, as well as scientists and experts, launched by the Ministry for Strategic Industries, should promote the implementation of a unified state industrial policy in the field of defense procurement, defense industry and aerospace. This was stated by the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister for Strategic Industries of Ukraine Oleg Uruskyi, summing up the results of the first meeting of the Coordination Platform for the Development of Arms and Military Equipment (AME).
"In the shortest term possible, a permanent working group of stakeholders will be established within the Coordination Platform for the Development of Arms and Military Equipment under the Ministry of Strategic Industries for prompt discussion and resolution of urgent issues, as well as the formation of proposals for further activities," the official said.
According to Oleg Uruskyi, during the first meeting of the Coordination Platform, the existing problems in the process of re-equipment of troops with modern and modernized models of weapons were discussed, as well as possible ways to solve them.
"Many of the problems voiced during the Coordination Platform’s meeting are of a permanent nature: underfunding of specific areas of rearmament, over-bureaucratization of existing weapons procurement processes, insufficient dynamics of rearmament, inequality of domestic and foreign suppliers in defense and other procurement. However, all these problems can be solved under the condition of effective communication of all stakeholders," the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine concluded.
The first meeting of the Coordination Platform gathered together MPs of Ukraine, representatives of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the Ministry for Strategic Industries, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (National Guard of Ukraine, the State Border Guard Service, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine), and the Central Armaments Research Institute and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, SC Ukroboronprom, a number of private defense enterprises and organizations, as well as experts.