Minister of the
Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Olexandr Saienko outlined the key priorities of the Government for
2018. According to him, among the topmost objectives will be prolonging reforms
in decentralization, health care, education, agro-industrial complex,
infrastructure, energy efficiency, public service. He stated this during a
meeting with representatives of regional outlets that took place at the
Government House on February 2.
State Budget adopted, the Government clearly identified several key priorities we
offer for 2018," said Olexandr Saienko.
In particular, those
include the implementation of a health care reform. "I personally deal
with issues of proper communication, coordination of central government with
local authorities and hospitals, so that to provide clear understanding of how
this reform is being introduced, what effect bylaws produce."
He told that in the
State Budget for 2018 there had been planned a resource worth UAH 1 billion for
the Available Medicine program. On
the commission of the Prime Minister, a mechanism is being developed to adjust
this program to rural areas (now it is only in effect in regional and district
parallel, we are facing a challenge to establish a network of cardiologic
centers with the sum worth UAH 150 million to be allotted in 2018 for these
In addition, not
less important issue, according to the Ministers of the Cabinet of Minister, is
raising awareness among citizens of the need for vaccination. It
is planned to provide hospitals with necessary medications with the resource of
UAH 5 billion planned for that.
With regard to
education in 2018, as Olexandr Saienko
informed, the Government devised to expand a network of preschool educational
institutions, an a particular financial resource was
intended for these purposes. Also,
according to the Minister, for the first time ever in 2018 the Government initiates
a program of support for ‘first grades’ with a sum worth UAH 1 billion to
ensure the implementation of it, "the first-graders would be provided with
modern equipment, textbooks, and everything necessary." "That
is, we want the first impression of the first-graders about the school be
positive," the Minister emphasized.
According to him,
for vocational education in 2018, there have been planned UAH 16.5 billion of
additional subsidy for all regional budgets. A
resource worth UAH 120 million is intended for the specialties of the state demand
and UAH 100 million - for the development of infrastructure of vocational
At the same time,
the Minister noted that the Government cares about raising wages and employment
issues. This year about UAH 6 billion was planned to raise the salaries of
educators in the budget and UAH 4 billion for physicians.
According to Oleksandr Saienko, among other
priorities for the Government in 2018, there are agrarian programs included in the
state budget with a UAH 7.3 billion resource, in
particular, it concerns the development of livestock breeding.
In addition, the
Government engages in the development of the road infrastructure. For these
purposes there was planned for this year UAH 46.7 billion, plus an additional UAH
11.5 billion to be directed to local roads, adding economic effect is viewed as
primary, because it would facilitate the opening of new plants, additional labor
This year, the
Government continues to introduce energy efficiency, in particular, to
modernize the energy infrastructure to reduce gas demand. "In
2018, the Government budgeted UAH 2 billion for the
functioning of the Energy Efficiency Fund. In
addition, we also expect from our European colleagues a co-financing of up to EUR
50 million to be directed to fill the EEF."
Oleksandr Saienko emphasized that continuing the decentralization reform, the state will devolve more powers to the regions.
So, in 2018, an additional UAH 38 billion resource will be transferred to the ground.