Minister reminded that the organization of the mission’s activities with the
participation of experts of the U.S.
Customs and Border Protection Department to upgrade the customs service of Ukraine had
become the result of his arrangement with Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Gil Kerlikowske,
Vice-President of the U.S. Joe Biden and the U.S. Secretary of State John
raised the problem that Ukrainian customs requires changes and reforms, so
for me as the initiator it is very important and I'm going to do everything
in power to ensure implementation of this reform", said Volodymyr
of the U.S. mission for the assessment of needs provided recommendations regarding
the reform of the customs service of Ukraine, which will be contained in their
noted key lines of retrofitting the customs, such as: improving the
professionalism and efficiency of organization of the service, use of
technology, equipment and reduction of the human factor, change of the management
system in the customs service and trade to increase fees, revenues and the
protection of national security, as well as the eradication of corruption.
Volodymyr Groysman expressed hope that the report would form the basis of the
necessary actions to be approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. "It will
be a guide for others and a commitment that reform needs to be accomplished",
Minister proposed to establish a working group comprising representatives of
Ukrainian and American side to execute the elaborated recommendations.
of the meeting also agreed on the need for a comprehensive implementation of
the developed plan.
of Government thanked the representatives of the U.S. mission for their
efforts and thorough work in making recommendations regarding the reform of
the customs service of Ukraine. "On behalf of the Government I want to thank
You for Your assistance and this work", he said.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Ukraine
Marie Yovanovitch said: "In the end we hope to
see a capable, effective customs service of Ukraine, that can stand firm to
protect the national economy and national security of Ukraine, that is
capable to contribute to the development of trade and prevent corruption.
This will lead to a more stable, secure and economically prosperous country.
These are the goals that we all share, and the United States will work with
you in order to turn these goals into real achievements."