All strategic state-owned enterprises
should remain in state ownership, but companies that are not strategically
important and are a platform for nepotism and corruption must be publicly and transparently
privatized. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman in his opening statement
at the Government meeting on Thursday.
The Prime Minister explained that companies having strategic
importance, for example, Naftogaz, should remain
public in order to guarantee public interests, while those not having strategic
significance for the state must be officially and publicly sold to enable these
companies through investment get new energy, new jobs, boost production.
The Prime Minister noted that the issue of open public
privatization of state-owned enterprises is included in the priorities of the
Government. He stressed that operation of over 3 thousand state-owned companies
negatively affect the economy through nepotism, corruption, bribery and
inefficient use of public resources. “It has to end. But we’ve got to get through
this like all successful countries had”, urged Volodymyr Groysman.