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Volodymyr Groysman: Due to corruption, there is no future for our country, that's why we have to tackle this challenge
17.06.2016 | 00:16
Information and Communication Department of the Secretariat of the CMU

The Government 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.

"Due to 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 to combat this phenomenon," underlined Volodymyr Groysman.

The Prime 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.

Ukrainian customs 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.

"In fact, 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."

 

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