Poroshenko Speaks About Growth of Ukrainian Economy
Poroshenko: Every Ukrainian should feel with his own wallet that the worst challenges are already behind, the country is moving forward and the economy is being developed
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko emphasized that the course of Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration will allow for improvement in the living standards and welfare of Ukrainians, as well as reach new level of social standards. The Head of State said this during his speech at the All-Ukrainian Public Forum “Open Dialogue,” according to his Press Office.
“Achieving criteria of membership [for the EU and NATO] will improve the investment climate. And this will provide an increase in foreign direct investment. This will ensure the creation of new jobs, well-paid jobs. This will ensure an increase in revenues of the state and local budgets. This will ensure an increase in salaries and pensions. Therefore, when we say the European Union or NATO, we mean not only security but also the economy,” Poroshenko said.
According to him, it is not only about the rebuff of Russia, but also about the counterattack on poverty.
“Poverty, by the way, is a direct consequence of our colonial past. That is why we break with it definitively and irrevocably,” he added.
“Our ambitious goal is to turn Ukraine into a great power, a regional leader, an integral part of European civilization and a cornerstone of European security,” he emphasized.
At the same time, Poroshenko said that Ukraine will not be able to become leaders if the living standards of the general population does not increase.
“Every Ukrainian should feel with his own wallet that the worst challenges are already behind, the country is moving forward and the economy is being developed. Now, this is the main thing in our strategy, our vision of the future. Overcoming crisis caused by war gives us every opportunity for that,” he said.
According to him, the achievements of decentralization have become visible earlier than the results of some other reforms.
“These are new or repaired schools prepared for the program of a new Ukrainian school – the Finnish program when the child is not forced to go to school but wants to go there… These are newly built, renovated or returned to the state or municipal property kindergartens. These are roads, after all, lighting, energy saving,” Poroshenko said.
“In the future, I firmly guarantee the immutability of decentralization policy, it will be preserved and deepened,” he said.
“But I know, I see, I feel another thing, too. Millions of Ukrainians are worried about the present and are not sure about tomorrow. Pensioners are worried about how to survive because the crisis hit them the most. The depleted state didn’t have enough resources to properly protect them, and sometimes it hurts looking in the eyes of the older people,” Poroshenko said.
He added that many of the young people do not see prospects in their own country, so they go to study or work abroad. Especially since Ukraine became part of a single European labor market.
“I know about the low income of teachers and doctors, other budget employees,” he added.
“The fact that the worst already behind gives us hope. That the crisis caused by war, economic aggression and blockade by Russia retreats. That the restoration of economic growth opens opportunities for the restoration of living standards. Today, we can already set ourselves the tasks that yesterday seemed to be empty promises,” Poroshenko said.