Becoming of Ukraine as a democratic state is one of the main achievements of our country in recent years. Ukraine has shown readiness for change, despite the information war and efforts to push Ukrainians together. The Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk began his speech at the Reforms Forum: On the Road to Vilnius on February 25.
“Economic development is one of the government’s main focuses. Freedom in the economy is a market. That is why reforms are of paramount importance to the land market, the labor market and the capital market”, – Oleksiy Honcharuk said.
Civil society is a guarantor of Ukrainians’ intolerance of corruption. Therefore, the public is an important partner of the Government in the fight against this phenomenon.
In 2019, the Government focused mainly on energy security: Naftogaz’s banding gave an advantage to Ukraine in negotiations with Russia to sign a new gas transit contract. The Government will focus on development in 2020
Honcharuk emphasizes they’ve inventoried the country, including education and medicine. They’re trying to make the state effective because any penny in the budget of Ukraine is paid by taxpayers.
Reforms Forum is a good tradition started by the Reanimation Package of Reform, which became the driving force in the country after the Maidan as a Prime Minister said.
“Ukraine is doomed to succeed when we talk in this format about the necessaries of reform and everyone does their best to change,”- he said.
The country itself does not change, this is preceded by the work of many people. On reform, the Government and other government agencies are the best allies of civil society.
Answering questions about the prospects of pension reform, Oleksiy Honcharuk stated about the International Audit of the Pension Fund in 2020:
“The Pension Fund is planning an international audit by a professional auditing company. It is necessary to determine the possibility of savings by reducing administrative costs”.
But a complete reform of the system will take several years.
“The issue of pension reform is closely linked to the development of the tax system. We have already set up a working group to come up with proposals to reform the tax system, ”,- as the Prime Minister said.
REFORMS FORUM: ON THE ROAD TO VILNIUS is organized in preparation for the annual Ukraine Reform Conference (URC), which will be held in Vilnius (Lithuania) in July 2020. The purpose of the Forum is to discuss the progress of reforms implementation during the first six months of the Parliament and Government and the further reform priorities in Ukraine for 2020-2021.
The event is organized by the RPR Coalition in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania. The Forum is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, the EU Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine (EUACI – the programme is financed by the European Union and co-financed and implemented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark), the EU Project Pravo-Justice and the International Renaissance Foundation, the USAID/ENGAGE activity implemented by Pact and «Civil Society for Enhanced Democracy and Human Rights in Ukraine» project implemented by UNDP Ukraine under financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.