President: The Key to the Future of Ukrainian Books is the Growing Prosperity of Ukrainians
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko thanked everyone who "writes and publishes such books, who tells about them and chooses the best of the best”. He expressed gratitude to the organizers of the competition "for many years of conscientious service to the Ukrainian book and Ukrainian culture when this case was very thankless"
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During his speech at the 20th-anniversary ceremony “All-Ukrainian Rating “Book of the Year,” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko noted that the world statistics data indicate a direct link between the income of people and the number of published books per capita.
“The most important key to the future of Ukrainian books is the growing prosperity of our fellow citizens. The book should be available in the east and in the west, in the city and in the village, for the pensioner and for the child,” Poroshenko said.
Poroshenko noted that it was possible to restore economic growth. “Economics has started to give us a resource to tackle the problem, which is no less important than the Russian aggression, to combat poverty. Ukraine is becoming an attractive field for investments in various spheres. This means the creation of new well-paid jobs, which means demand for books.”
“If we keep these positive trends, if we do not allow the populists to destroy everything done and lead us along the road of Caracas, Venezuela, where books, like all the rest, disappeared from the shelves of stores long ago. Because populists do not need books, they need agitators to manipulate people’s minds,” Poroshenko said, emphasizing that “…we need books that teach how to think, empathize, seek and react adequately to everything new in our lives.”
“Ukraine should be a big country, a regional leader, a great country of free and prosperous people,” Poroshenko said.
He thanked everyone who “…writes and publishes such books, who tells about them and chooses the best of the best.”
He expressed gratitude to the organizers of the competition “…for many years of conscientious service to the Ukrainian book and Ukrainian culture when this case was very thankless.”
“When the state turned away from both the Ukrainian book and Ukrainian publishers, you made absolutely incredible steps to popularize the book,” the President said. He appealed to founder of the contest Kostiantyn Rodyk: “Thank you. Your work is very much needed by everyone who creates and protects not only the Ukrainian book, but also the European future of our state, because this is what is written about in real Ukrainian books.”
“We are confidently and consistently going our way. Our path goes to the European Union, to NATO, because we belong to the European civilization.”