Despite the ongoing war in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian government does not abandon reforms to make the country successful, as stated by Head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak during a speech at the Royal Institute of International Affairs Chatham House.
"Despite the ongoing war in Ukraine, reforms continue. The President speaks and continues to reform the country to make it successful and attractive for our partners, investors," he said.
Andriy Yermak named the main reforms that have already been implemented today. In particular, land reform, adoption of the banking law, gas market reform, adoption of the law on concessions, legalization of gambling, demonopolization of alcohol production, privatization at open auctions (the State Property Fund held about 1.5 thousand successful auctions), adoption of the "split" law - the reform of the non-banking financial sector, deregulation of the economy.
The Head of the President's Office also mentioned the update of the mobile application "Diia", which envisages the provision of public services online.
"Ukraine is becoming a leader in this regard, and the contact between the state and the citizen in terms of services is minimized," he said, adding that all this was done in just a year and a half.
According to him, the Ukrainian authorities pay great attention to creating a favorable business climate in the country and attracting foreign investors. To this end, a bill on "investment nannies" was developed and already approved by the parliament in the first reading.
"Every visit of the President includes meetings with big business. Today there is an open dialogue, we hear business today. Of course, there is still a lot to be done, but today the government is completely transparent and unprecedentedly open for dialogue with business," Andriy Yermak said.
The Head of the Office of the President also stressed that the institutional independence of the NBU is not threatened due to the change of leadership of the National Bank of Ukraine. The Ukrainian government will continue to defend the position of an independent, professional regulator.
"The National Bank will always be independent, will always have this guarantee and will continue to work," the Head of the President's Office emphasized.
He noted that Volodymyr Zelenskyy went into politics precisely in order to reform the country and change it for the better.
"This is his priority, and it has not changed in a year and a half," Andriy Yermak added.