public enterprises will be fair and transparent, it
will attract investment and create jobs. Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk told this in an
interview to Channel 5 on Sunday.
"What is the
difference between our approaches and approaches that existed a few years ago? At
that time privatization rules were subscribed in line with a particular buyer, usually
directly from Ukraine. There were about two dozen of buyers that decided among
themselves who purchased what," he said.
use a simple and clear approach: our basic approach is the price. Those who pay
more, get more. No artificial limits," Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed.
Minister recalled that on July 13 the United States would host the first
investment conference, where Ukraine would present its investment opportunities.
asked our American friends: if you cannot send your military in order to
protect Ukraine, send your business to protect Ukraine," he said.
"Why do we
need investment? We need to create jobs in the country," he added.
Minister has noted that he explains to potential investors that now "it is
just the most profitable time to invest into Ukraine – regarding the assets’ price":
"Well, there is a risk, but price will compensate this risk. Come, invest
money. You will earn - not today, you will earn in 5 years. And we earn the
same, because we need jobs, we need taxes."
At the same time,
he noted that some political forces in Ukraine are objecting to privatization because
they want to continue pulling money out of the state budget.
lack of desire to privatize state enterprises actually means only one thing - political
parties want to continue to exploit public companies and suck money from state companies.
They have de facto privatized them," he stated.
As an example Arseniy Yatsenyuk has led the
state company Ukrspirt. "You begin to understand
who exploits Ukrspirt - pure corruption."
Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that the Government advocates privatization
of several energy companies, primarily Tsentrenergo, a
number of chemical companies, a range of infrastructure facilities.
"But this should
be fair, transparent, competitive privatization," he emphasized.