This was announced by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Hroisman at annual conference "Providing Ukraine with an Annual Report Card" of the Center for US Ukrainian Relations in Washington, DC on June 16, Censor.NET informs citing the government's website.
"Corruption - and I stress it - is what takes away our future, and we have to overcome this challenge. The reforms give us the chance and possibilities, and corruption takes away the chance and possibilities. We will be decisive in overcoming it," Hroisman stressed.
The prime minister told about the first steps of the government in fighting corruption in the economy. Hroisman provided an example - the government-implemented system of public electronic procurement system ProZorro, which has provided for transparency and openness of conducted procurement and for savings of the state funds.
The Cabinet of Ministers has also decided on implementing a single market price for gas. This allowed stopping abuses of gas price spread. Gas allocated for the population had been sold at commercial price earlier, which caused hundred of million of dollars is losses for the state annually, Hroisman said.
The PM noted that some state enterprises are being prepared for privatization, in particular the Odesa sea port plant, which will boost Ukraine's economy.
Another issue on Ukraine's agenda is reforms at Ukraine's customs office and securing the transparency of the agency's operations.
Hroisman announced that the package of anti-corruption legislation has been formed. Electronic financial statements for state officials will soon be implemented; state registers have been opened, and newly created state agencies will start operating, including the National Agency for Corruption Prevention.
"In fact, every step of the government affects corruption," he said.
Ukraine's PM noted the existing discrepancy between the potential and possibilities the country has and low living standards of the people, which he called unfair. Hroisman stressed it was important to implement reforms and create a high-quality system that will make the country attractive and will stop the flow of young citizens from the state.
"I see no reasons for Ukraine to be so poor," he said. "Our task is to return to the path that will bring Ukraine to success."
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