On December 10, the Chamber held an exclusive meeting with the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatthighlighting U.S.-Ukrainian bilateral economic and political relations, GoU reform progress, USG support, current challenges and areas of opportunity.
Chamber President Andy Hunder opened the meeting by welcoming the guests and noting the recent visit to Ukraine by the U.S. Vice-President - Mr. Joseph Biden.
Ambassador Pyatt began his remarks reiterating the Vice President’s key message; Ukrainians are building a new country – united, free of corruption with a strong democratic values and respect for human rights. He also mentioned that Ukraine is marking two anniversaries at this time of year; the beginning of the Revolution of Dignity and the one-year anniversary of the coalition agreement and the government’s reform plan.
He commented on reforms by the Government of Ukraine and noted that in the past year, Ukraine has passed more reform legislation than in all the previous years of the country’s independent history. The approval of civil service reform and reforms aimed at improving the business environment, including eliminating burdensome inspections and raising the threshold for complex reviews by the Antimonopoly Committee were noted. Tax reform legislation, energy sector reform, deregulation and creation of an environment that fosters both domestic and external investment were also raised.
The Ambassador applauded the creation of the new position of business ombudsperson, the reformation of the patrol police and cooperation with the International Monetary Fund. However, he stressed that a lot of work still needs to be done. The Prosecutor’s Office must combat corruption and implement judicial reform, critical to restoring citizen trust. The Ambassador quoted President John F. Kennedy, stating “we do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard”.
He concluded with the Vice President’s recent remark at the Rada when he said to Ukrainians, “This is your moment.” Ukraine’s moment to seize the opportunities the Revolution of Dignity has opened up for Ukraine to fully step into its rightful place among the free, democratic, Western nations.
Should you have any questions regarding this meeting, please do not hesitate to contact Galyna Isakiv, Chamber Policy Officer (Regulatory & External Relations).