will continue to root out corruption that hampers to carry out reforms in all
spheres of life and deprives Ukraine and Ukrainians of their future. Ukrainian
Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman
stated this during the annual conference of the Center for US-Ukrainian
relations "Providing Ukraine with an Annual Report Card" in Washington
on Thursday, 16 June.
corruption, there is no future for our country, that’s why we have to tackle
this challenge. Reforms provide us with opportunities and chance, and corruption
deprives us of this chance and takes away opportunities. We will be determined
this phenomenon," underlined Volodymyr Groysman.
Minister informed the participants about the first steps the Government to combat
corruption in the economy.
As an example, Volodymyr Groysman gave the ProZorro e-procurement system implemented by the Government,
which ensured transparency and openness of procurement and saved public money.
The Cabinet of
Ministers also adopted a decision on the introduction of the single market-based
gas prices. It made it
possible to stop the abuse on the difference in gas prices.
Volodymyr Groysman pointed out that preparation for the privatization
of state enterprises was under way, including Odesa
Portside Plant, which would promote the development of the national economy.
However, the Government
has introduced and continues public appointment of management of state
enterprises on the basis of open competition.
He noted that one
of the first decisions of the Government was facilitating access of foreign medicines
to Ukraine. This
will ensure deregulation and de-monopolization of pharmacological market.
reform and transparency of its work are on the agenda.
Volodymyr Groysman also informed that a comprehensive package of laws
aimed at the effective fight against corruption was formed. Soon
electronic declaration of civil servants will come into effect, all state
registries have been opened and the newly created bodies, including the
National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption and Director of the Specialized
Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, will start functioning.
every step of the Government somehow tackles corruption," he stressed.
Volodymyr Groysman noted that there is a significant discrepancy
between the potential and capability of the country and low standard of life,
which is unfair, according to him. The
Prime Minister emphasized that today it is important to carry out reforms and establish
a quality system that will make the country attractive and stop the outflow of
citizens, especially young people that are leaving the country.
"I see no
objective reason for Ukraine to be in impoverishment," he said. "Our
goal is to return to the path that will allow Ukraine to be successful.