On Monday, May
23, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman held a meeting with Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for International Finance Ramin Toloui. The
sides discussed priority directions of reforms in Ukraine and prospects of
Minister thanked the USA for a decision on the allocation of credit guarantees of
$ 1 billion to support Ukraine. "This
is an important step for the macroeconomic stability of our country," he
Volodymyr Groysman informed that last week the IMF Mission completed its
work in Ukraine. According
to him, the Government will continue its cooperation with the IMF and will do
its utmost to meet the obligations assumed by Ukraine. "The
Government of Ukraine is committed to carrying out structural and systematic
reforms in the country, and we are aware that these reforms are needed
especially in our country," he underlined.
Thus, among the
priorities of the Government’s activity is the fight against corruption,
particularly in state-owned enterprises through public election of their
management on the competitive basis and provision of open privatization as well
as reform of the Ukrainian customs. Also,
the Government is focused on reforming of the energy sector, improving the
efficiency of social policy and institutional capacity of power, ensuring equal
conditions for doing business, carrying out deregulation and pension reform, noted
Minister recalled that earlier on Monday he met with Commissioner of U.S. Customs
and Border Protection Robert Gil Kerlikowske. During
the meeting there was signed an Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the
Government of the United States of America on mutual assistance between the
customs administrations. "This
is a very important step. We are committed to curbing current corruption in the
customs authorities and we are counting on the support of the United States,"
said Volodymyr Groysman.
Assistant Secretary for
International Finance Ramin Toloui
praised the first steps undertaken by the new Government, including the
introduction of a single market-based price for gas, as to the completion of
the second IMF program, as well as statements regarding the need to eliminate the
political influence of oligarchs.
Ramin Toloui noted the progress in the partnership between
Ukraine and the United States achieved over the last two years, and stressed
the readiness of the USA to support Ukraine on the path of reforms, evidence of
which was the decision to allocate the third financial assistance in the form
of loan guarantees.