President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with foreign investors and representatives of investment companies and funds at which he presented the "Strategy of Reforms – 2020" and declared resolute intention of the government to create a favorable investment climate.
Addressing the participants of the meeting, the President noted that the country still had to overcome a lot of difficulties and barriers, first of all to increase the level of justice. The Head of State mentioned a "strong will to solve all these problems and create a favorable environment for investments". At the same time, Petro Poroshenko emphasized that there were no contradictions between the President and the Government. "We are engaged in the same work. That's why both I and the Prime Minister are here," the Head of State emphasized.
"Ukraine is going through significant transformations and the efforts of each of us will influence the success in the achievement of our goals: European standards of life, decent place in the world. In 6 years, we should meet the Maastricht and Copenhagen criteria," the President noted.
"Our goal is membership in the EU, European standards and values," Petro Poroshenko emphasized adding that a lot of transformational things had to be done in order to qualify for the EU membership. "It is a significant number of reforms and problems. It is impossible to have 62 reforms at the same time, but we have no choice. Termination of the process of reformation will be catastrophic for the country. The Government, the future Parliament and I, as President, fully understand that," Petro Poroshenko stressed.
The President called judicial and anticorruption reforms crucially important for the country. He expressed hope that on October 7, the Parliament would adopt the anticorruption package of draft laws elaborated jointly by the President and the Government. "The rule of law must become the key result of the reforms. Investors need it, citizens need it, country needs it," the Head of State emphasized.
The Head of State also called deregulation, creation of favorable business climate and tax reform vitally important for business development. "Antitrust law and the protection of competition are another prerequisite for the rapid economic growth," Petro Poroshenko noted.
"We are grateful for your dedication and strong solidarity," the President addressed the investors.
The Head of State underlined that "reforms are not just about the process". "We have to achieve concrete results. That's why we are setting 21 KPI to be achieved by the year 2020. Significant portion of them is directly related to business and investment: GDP, FDI, credit rating, ease of doing business, trust toward courts," the President said.
Petro Poroshenko emphasizes the importance of new social contract between state, business and public where each subject understands its mission in common efforts on reformation of the country and the public.