14 December, 2006. The Blue Ribbon Commission for Ukraine presented its latest report “ The State and the Citizen: Delivering on Promises” to the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) to facilitate cooperation between the legislature and eminent experts in provision of analytical support in the implementation of priority social and economic reforms. b_105_55_16777215_00_images_content_news_840.jpg 14 December, 2006. The Blue Ribbon Commission for Ukraine presented its latest report “ The State and the Citizen: Delivering on Promises” to the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) to facilitate cooperation between the legislature and eminent experts in provision of analytical support in the implementation of priority social and economic reforms.
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14 December, 2006. The Blue Ribbon Commission for Ukraine presented its latest report “ The State and the Citizen: Delivering on Promises” to the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) to facilitate cooperation between the legislature and eminent experts in provision of analytical support in the implementation of priority social and economic reforms.
With implementation of changes to the Constitution of Ukraine, a new parliamentary-presidential model of power has been introduced, under which the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine plays a larger role in national development strategies.
In order to enhance the use of international best practice expertise, a round table was organised co-hosted by Mr. Oleksandr Moroz, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, and the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Ukraine, Mr. Francis M. O’Donnell, who also represents UNDP. The latest Blue Ribbon Commission Report “State and the Citizen: Delivering on Promises” is being presented to the People’s Deputies to provide them with the benefit of strategic policy advice by prominent experts for priority social and economic reforms aimed at long-term sustainable growth.
“This document is intended to help the President, the Government, and the Verkhovna Rada to shape policy in coming months, and also to give Ukrainian civil society a useful tool to monitor reform progress in key areas,” said Francis M. O’Donnell, welcoming the participants . “The UN system and UNDP in particular stand ready to support these efforts in order to promote sustained economic growth and thus close the income gap between Ukraine and its more prosperous neighbours.” Full version of the address of Mr. O'Donnell please see here
As top priorities, the report urges the Government and Verkhovna Rada to:
· Tackle corruption by passing and implementing enforcement of legislation on conflict of interest and access to information
· Abolish the Economic (Commercial) Code and pass and implement a joint-stock company law.
· Cap the budget deficit at the 2005 level and drive inflation under 10 per cent
· Commit to and undertake large-scale, transparent privatization.
· Lift the moratorium on the sale of agricultural land.
·Complete the establishment of one-stop shops for business registration and reduce paperwork and permits required.
·Move towards balancing the Pension Fund
These priority recommendations are culled from a detailed analysis that addresses the challenges faced by Ukraine in four main areas: 1) building a democratic state and sound institutions; 2) ensuring macroeconomic stability; 3) improving the business and investment environment; and 4) building a better social policy.
“Ukraine has a new political landscape, so this is an ideal time to take stock of achievements and shortcomings and revisit the agenda of national development priorities,” explained Jerzy Osiatynski, Poland’s former Minister of Finance, and a Parliamentarian himself, as well as a key member of the Blue Ribbon Commission for Ukraine. “A concerted reform effort is needed to put Ukraine on a path of dynamic, long-term growth that will give the country the international prominence it so richly deserves. In this context, recent adoption of WTO package by Rada deserves highest appreciation”
For media inquiries, please contact Mariya Klymovych, UNDP Ukraine, tel. +380 44 254-00-35, e-mail: mariya.klymovych@undp.org.ua