topmost task which should be addressed today is to build a high quality system
to overcome poverty in the country. This was stated by Prime Minister of
Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman on
air of the ICTV channel on Monday.
essential challenge we are facing is the fight against poverty. This is the topmost
objective that we must tackle - to build an efficient system that will provide
an opportunity to overcome poverty in our country", said Volodymyr Groysman.
must live longer, people must live better, and the most important for us is to
overcome poverty. But it is impossible to overcome extreme poverty by words. It
is possible to do with concrete actions. Such concrete decisions are planned in
the budget. And this is just the beginning," he noted.
to 2017 Budget, the Head of Government stressed that the provided in it solutions
are aimed to improve the quality of people’s lives.
Budget is a budget with an emphasis on a person”, said Volodymyr
Groysman. “The core of this budget makes up specific
decisions that will affect the quality of life of each Ukrainian citizen.”
the budget stipulates for a twofold increase of the minimum wage from UAH 1,600
to 3,200. Moreover, there has been planned to raise salaries for Ukrainian
teachers by 50% as compared to 2016 and for doctors – by 30%.
2016, the Government has enhanced social standards by 16%. This figure is viewed
insufficient, but it was real, honest, and correspond
to real possibilities of the economy of the State.
to him, dozens years of inefficient governance by populists in the country have
led millions of citizens to impoverishment. Volodymyr
Groysman stressed that Ukraine has the potential to
trigger development of its economy, and to improve people’s lives as a result
of this development.
Prime Minister noted that the Government had managed to stabilize the situation
in 2016. In 2017, the Government has planned in budget a 3% economic growth,
which "will clearly affect the budget of each Ukrainian citizen".
task is to work and implement the budget, and to enable people feel that the
situation is beginning to change and at last we have managed to achieve normal
life our country", said the Head of Government.
this context, Volodymyr Groysman
noted that it is also crucial to reform the pension system in the country that
is yet not capable of protecting pensioners.
principal objective for our Government and the Parliament, as we need political
support, is a systemic retrofitting of the pension system, which is to be
accompanied by the raising of retirement benefit. This is destined to be a
system that will, instead of producing deficit in the Pension Fund, reduce it
and turn the system into self-sufficient, to ensure those people who are middle-aged
and working now could retire with dignity. This is my desire. I prefer us to unite
for this purpose – for the sake of Ukrainian citizens", he stressed.
Prime Minister also highlighted that he would fight against hidden
unemployment. According to him, through non-payment contributions to the
Pension Fund by employers, the latter condemn employees to the poverty after
tolerance in this issue, we support the impoverishment of Ukrainian citizens.
This is unacceptable," he urged.
from that, the Government is facing the challenge to upgrade an employment
system, added Volodymyr Groysman.
In his words, "currently this system produces unemployment, although on the
contrary it should produce opportunities for a person to find a job, get at
least the minimum wage and could feel he lives a decent life".