Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman calls on leaders
of cities to use delegated authorities and tools as a result of decentralization
for the development of local economy. He announced this during the
International Mayors Congress dedicated to considering issues of global development
of cities on Monday.
"The resource, the powers and the tools we have today provide
the opportunity to develop local economy. I'd prefer you to be effective and
use these opportunities to create new jobs, to improve the process of the
administration of taxes," said Volodymyr Groysman.
"I wish that an issue of development of the local
economy was included into a priority list of your agenda," he said.
The Government has recently established an Investment
Support Office that will monitor problematic issues of making business in
Ukraine, told the Prime Minister.
"We want to have the map of Ukraine for us to
understand key indicators for each region of how the business feels. We want to
see whether they are returned VAT timely, whether they get permission on time, or
whether they are suffering from additional inspections," said Volodymyr
"We believe that it is crucial to ensure comfort of
business on the ground. Businesses need good environment for their development.
This means that each location will have a chance to create new jobs,
competition, produce products of better quality, we will be able to develop our
national economy at last", he stressed.
In this regard the Head of Government urged local
authorities to support, protect, and help businesses, to ensure timely
provision of necessary services, as well as partnership with the newly set up Investment
Support Office that will allow us to "attract business, create normal
conditions, so that business could invest in Ukraine".
Apart from that the Prime Minister stressed the need for
legalization of the local economy, which in particular will be possible due to the
recent decision of the Government to raise from 2017 the minimum wage twofold -
up to UAH 3200, he said.