On Monday, May 23, Prime
Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman met with Commissioner of U.S.
Customs and Border Protection Robert Gil Kerlikowske.
In the presence of Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman,
Chairman of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine Roman Nasirov and Commissioner of U.S. Customs
and Border Protection Robert Gil Kerlikowske there was signed an
Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the United
States of America on mutual assistance between the customs administrations.
During the meeting the parties
discussed prospects of reforming of the customs and border guard services of
Ukraine and bilateral cooperation between the countries in these areas.
"We have very positive experience of
implementing transformations and reforms in the national police of
Ukraine with the support of the United States. I am deeply convinced that our
next success story should be just in the customs
sector", said Volodymyr Groysman at the meeting.
The Head of Government noted
that during the independence years Ukraine hadn’t seen any
structural reforms in the customs and border guard
areas. Today the customs service is entwined
with corruption, thus it requires effective changes, he stressed.
In this regard, Volodymyr Groysman called the landmark event the
signing of the Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement between the Governments of
Ukraine and the U.S.A.
"We are absolutely committed
to bringing order to the Ukrainian customs, and we count much
on your support and assistance”, said the Prime
Minister. “We are resolute
to introduce fast, open, clear and high-quality
reforms in this sphere", he stressed.
In turn, the Commissioner for U.S.
Customs and Border Protection Robert Gil Kerlikowske noted
the importance of the Agreement signed today. In particular, according to him, it
provides the essential legal framework for exchanging information and evidence
to assist the two countries in enforcing customs rules and regulations, and
will enable the United States and Ukraine to collaborate on investigations,
share best practices, and exchange information vital to the national and
"The Agreement signed today,
is the evidence of our common goal - to achieve proper
compliance with the law and facilitate effective trade between our two
countries," he said.
Robert Gil Kerlikowske also praised the work of the border guard service
of Ukraine. Moreover, he thanked the Prime Minister for his personal leadership and
responsibility in the upgrading the customs and border areas.
In turn, Chairman of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine Roman Nasirov and Head of the State border service of Ukraine Viktor Nazarenko reaffirmed their willingness to introduce rapid and
effective changes within relevant services.