The coal-train blockade staged in January this year in Donbas has
entailed a 1% growth loss to the economy of Ukraine, though the Government will
find correct ways out to strengthen the economy and prolong the ascending trend.
This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman in his
communication with the staff of PJSC
“MK”Azovstal”. The visit to the metallurgical enterprise took
place in the framework of a working trip of the Prime Minister to Donetsk
Volodymyr Groysman stressed that the mining and metallurgical complex makes
up a third of Ukraine's GDP and employs over 300 thousand workers.
"However, the blockade has had negative impact on the development
of the entire enterprise. Through the blockade, we have lost 1% of economic
growth", said Volodymyr Groysman.
He reminded that the 4th quarter of 2016 saw a 4.7% growth following
months of decline. And it gave serious grounds to hope for future success of
the economy. However, the blockade brought changes to the economic and
industrial life, did its "anti-Ukrainian trick."
gave up. Therefore, the Government's objective is to shape the environment for
a strong economy. Decent jobs, decent wages, competitive
product – these are the challenges we are facing. And we will elaborate ways to
ensure sustainable economic upturn. Every profit will be reinvested in
improving of social standards and carrying out the country’s overhaul – they will
be invested in infrastructure, transformations in education, healthcare," summed
up the Prime Minister.