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PM says Government is committed to carrying out reforms
16.05.2016 | 15:27
Information and Communication Department of the Secretariat of the CMU

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during a meeting with the Ambassadors of the G7 countries underlined the determination of the Government in carrying out reforms in Ukraine.

"I would like to emphasize that the Government is steadfast in its efforts to carry out reforms and changes. We'll follow this way," stated Volodymyr Groysman at a common with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko meeting with the G7 Ambassadors on Monday.

Volodymyr Groysman underlined that the main guidelines for the Government’s work is carrying out internal reforms, implementing the tasks provided by the Ukraine –EU Association Agreement, as well as cooperation with the International Monetary Fund.

The Prime Minister has noted that the Government is finalizing the preparation of an operational plan of its work for the coming year, which will be based in particular on the Reform Strategy 2020, the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, memorandum of cooperation with the International Monetary Fund.

Volodymyr Groysman underlined that the Government attaches particular importance to the issue of international cooperation, European and Euro-Atlantic integration. To this end, the Government appointed a special Vice Prime Minister, responsible for this direction.

Among the priorities of the Government the Prime Minister also called civil service reform, including governance, as well as the issue of decentralization. He emphasized that the sphere of state property management, quality of management of state-owned enterprises and privatization need "professional approaches".

In addition, Volodymyr Groysman called improvement of the system of public procurement one of the priorities of the Government. "We want to make public finances more transparent," he said.

According to the Prime Minister, tax reform remains the focus of the Government’s policy. In this regard the Cabinet takes into account the need to ensure the sustainability of the tax system and tax administration efficiency, he said. "The system should be transparent, clear, stable," pointed out Volodymyr Groysman.

The Prime Minister advocated further reforming of the judicial and law enforcement systems. In this context, the Prime Minister called strengthening the fight against corruption "in many areas" to be the question №1. As an example, he cited the situation with the import of medicines and their prices on the Ukrainian market. According to him, the Government has taken steps to change the situation in this area, which, in particular, facilitate access of foreign medicines to the Ukrainian market. "This is an example of how the system was regulated and the way it should be changed," he said.

As another example, the Prime Minister cited the situation at Ukrainian customs, noting that the Government is also taking concrete steps to address it. "These are those areas that need surgical intervention," noted the Prime Minister.

According to Volodymyr Groysman, the Government intends to take a decision aimed at ensuring public and transparent privatization. "Our task is to create such a system of privatization that would inspire the trust to investors and confidence of the citizens of Ukraine," he emphasized. The Prime Minister said that the Government is preparing proposals for public privatization of a range of state-owned enterprises, noting that the number one in this list is Odesa Port Plant.

Speaking about the decision to establish a single gas price, the Prime Minister stressed that the Government "destroyed the basis for corruption." Volodymyr Groysman stressed that at the same time the Cabinet of Ministers creates appropriate "social compensators" for vulnerable social groups. Moreover, under this decision, the Government is taking steps for the development of domestic gas production and energy efficiency, noted the Prime Minister.

Volodymyr Groysman said that on its path of reforms the Government counts on the support of the G7 countries.

 

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