Ukraine is moving
towards change, Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Oleksandr Saienko announced
during a debate taking place within the framework of A Week of Ukraine in
The topic for the
discussion was the progress of reforms in Ukraine, prospects of cooperation
between Germany and Ukraine.
Revolution of Dignity four years ago, the Government had two challenges: to stop
the aggression of Russia and the economic downturn. Today, we have managed not
just to cease the decline, we have GDP growth and increased industrial output,
over 40 percent of exports goes the EU. All those have enable the Government,
for the first time in the years of independence, to embark on structural
reforms, curbing corruption and reforming the system of public
administration", the Minister stressed.
"Now Ukraine is on the path towards change. For investors, this is a country of
opportunities with a growing economy", he added.
A number of
structural reforms are on the agenda of the Ukrainian Government, said Peter
Wagner, Head of the Support Group for Ukraine. He
added that the potential of Ukraine is significant: "Ukraine has a strong
industrial base, it can build airplanes and satellites. Over the past 4 years
more change has taken place than during all years of independence. And now we
see how a new, modern western country is being built."
Nils Schmid, Member of the German Bundestag, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on
Foreign Affairs, noted that a lot of reforms had taken place in
recent years, but the Government should underpin the result.
lag in the implementation of reforms for 20 years, it is hard to bring about
changes. However, we see changes in the society,
economy", said Nils Schmid. He added that
the issue of consolidating this result is a matter of strengthening the
institutional capacity of public administration.
continue supporting Ukraine", he stressed.
Oleksandr Saienko thanked European partners for the comprehensive
support of reforms in Ukraine. "Due to this, Ukraine has a chance to
undertake structural reforms and become a successful, prosperous European
country", the Minister emphasized.