Swedish companies demonstrating zero tolerance of corruption and entering the Ukrainian market convey a positive message for other investors. This was stated by Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze during a meeting with Ewa Thalén Finné, the First Deputy Speaker in the Riksdag of the Kingdom of Sweden. The Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine expressed her consent with the active political dialogue and high level of bilateral, in particular of economic, cooperation between Ukraine and Sweden.
Last year, trade turnover between the countries grew by 4.2% as compared to 2016 and amounted to USD 510.9 million. The 7th Swedish-Ukrainian Business Forum due on June 14 in Kyiv should help to enhance development of this collaboration. Ewa Thalén Finné stressed that Ukraine is currently in need of effective economic reforms. This would help stop the outflow of young specialists from the country and attract, in particular, Swedish investors. In this context, the parties touched upon a decision made by H&M and IKEA to enter the Ukrainian market.
"These companies demonstrate zero tolerance of corruption, hence their access to our market serves a positive message for others", said Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze. The Vice Prime Minister also told about the course of reforms that promote economic and social development of the country. These include a pension, medical and educational reforms, the start of privatization and the abolition of outdated Soviet-era regulations, the opening of registries and the introduction of ProZorro electronic procurement system.
The interlocutors also discussed gender equality issues. Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze told that for the first time this issue is among the priorities of the Government’s activity: the position of a Government Commissioner for Gender Policy was introduced. Also, the Vice Prime Minister stressed that women are not numerous in authorities, but those joining the government agencies feel added responsibility to work professionally, as their actions will have an impact on the opportunities for the promotion of other women.
The First Deputy Speaker in the Riksdag of Sweden agreed that changes need time, but Ukraine shows off positive achievements. Moreover, she expressed hope for the fast ratification of the Istanbul Convention. At the end of the meeting, the interlocutors talked about Russian aggression against Ukraine. "The Kremlin's target is not Ukraine, but the destruction of the system of values in Europe and the Western world", Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze summed up.