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“We Must Do Everything to Ensure Ukraine’s Transition from a Transit to a Developing Economy in One Decade,” Said Yuliia Svyrydenko at the YES Forum on the Country’s Future


The First Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Economy of Ukraine participated in a panel discussion at the annual Yalta European Strategy forum, where together with reputable economists, politicians and businessmen from around the world she discussed what Ukraine of the future should be.

On 9-10 September, Kyiv hosted the annual Yalta European Strategy (YES) forum in which more than 400 leading politicians, diplomats, businessmen and experts from more than 20 countries of the world took part. The President and Prime Minister of Ukraine spoke there.

This year’s conference was devoted to the efforts of our state to protect sovereignty, independence and freedom. One of the panel discussions was covered the topic “Ukraine of the future – what country to dream about, and how will we get there?”

Yuliia Svyrydenko, First Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Economy of Ukraine, spoke as one of the speakers during the discussion about Ukraine of the future, which we have to build after the war. According to her, we need to make a triple jump in the economy – from a transitional (transit) to a developing economy. In actual numbers, this is a jump from $4.5 thousand GDP per capita to more than $12 thousand per year.

And in order to achieve these ambitious growth goals, a plan has been developed, which the minister announced at the forum:

  1. Achieving the optimal size of the state in the economy (through the gradual reduction of the fiscal percentage of GDP, and as a result of government spending relative to revenues, which should, in turn, increase the amount of capital investment in the private sector).
  2. A bet on the development of small and medium-sized enterprises.
  3. Deregulation (simplification of business activities, removal of redundant procedures and bureaucracy).
  4. Establishing the rule of law (the main objective is to reduce country risks through political and law enforcement actions, which will help increase foreign direct investment).
  5. A model of growth through the development of exports.
  6. Intensive investment in production.
  7. Development of transport logistics.
  8. Mass privatization of state-owned enterprises and reduction of the state’s share in the economy.
  9. Development of the sphere of social services through public-private partnership.
  10. Military and technical breakthrough trough innovations in the field of military technologies.

An active movement has already begun in many of these areas despite the war.

“There is no doubt that the tasks we have are difficult. However, they are achievable,” assured Yuliia Svyrydenko. “Today the whole world is amazed by the stability and strength of the Ukrainian army. I believe that in the foreseeable future, not only the army but also the economy of Ukraine will surprise the world with its stability and strength. We must do everything to ensure Ukraine’s transition from a transit to a developing economy in one decade.”

In addition to the First Vice Prime Minister, other well-known economists, businessmen and politicians took part in the panel discussion:

  • Eric Schmidt, CEO and Chairman of Google;
  • Rostyslav Shurma, Deputy Head of the President’s Office of Ukraine;
  • Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden;
  • Masi Nayyem, a famous Ukrainian lawyer, a Ukrainian defender who was seriously wounded during the Russian-Ukrainian war.

The panel was moderated by Niall Ferguson, a well-known historian and writer, Harvard Professor, Senior Researcher at Oxford and Stanford universities.

Foreign colleagues called the plan of the Ministry of Economy promising and effective, and also emphasized that our country was already one of the most progressive in the field of digitalization. And it is in innovations and new technologies that the future of Ukraine lies.

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