13th Ukraine Breakfast Debate
Within the recent years Ukraine’s economic situation has improved with a decline in its public sector debt, a lower twin deficit and thereby more stable currency. However, challenges related to corruption and a weak institutional framework still outweigh these advancements. Since 20 May 2019 Ukraine has a new president, former actor and producer Volodymyr Zelenskiy, and snap parliamentary elections are scheduled for 21 July 2019. Now Ukraine’s public as much as the international community and investors are wondering which path president Zelenskiy, his team of advisors and the soon to be elected government will take for Ukraine’s economic development and whether they will be able to further push this positive trend.
Therefore, we devoted our Ukraine Breakfast Debate on 25 June 2019 to the topic “Economic Challenges amidst a Changing Government: Will Ukraine Become More Open for Business?“ . Together with the experts
- Hlib Vyshlinsky (Director), Centre for Economic Strategy (Kyiv)
- Oksana Kuziakiv (Executive Director), Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (Kyiv)
- Dmytro Yablonovskyy (Deputy Director), Centre for Economic Strategy (Kyiv)
we analysed the current state of Ukraine’s economy and especially focused on the government’s economic policy agenda. #Especially the following questions were addressed:
- Which are the key risks and challenges for the soon to be elected government in terms of Ukraine’s economic development?
- How to deal with state-owned companies that still are dominating important sectors of the Ukrainian economy?
- Which steps have to be taken in order to separate political and business interests?
- How are small and medium-sized enterprises developing since the Euromaidan? How can they be better promoted?
- Which incentives can be created in order to attract more foreign investors and fuel international trade?
Comments from the German perspective were provided by
- Dr. Nicals Rüffer, German International Cooperation (GIZ), Kyiv
- Ute Kochlowski-Kadjaia, Managing Director, German Eastern Business Association (OAOEV), Berlin
This Event was a joint venture of the IEP projects “Platform for Analytics and Intercultural Communication” (PAIC) and the “Berlin Policy Hub”. The project PAIC aims at promoting professional expertise among Ukrainian think tanks, creating synergies between German and Ukrainian think tanks and transferring knowledge about developments in Ukraine to Germany. PAIC is conducted in close cooperation with the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF, Kyiv) and the think tanks development and research initiative think twice UA (Kyiv) and is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office. The “Berlin Policy Hub” seeks to bridge the gap between Europeanisation discourses in the EU (Germany) and EU neighboring countries by bringing together policy research organisations from Eastern Partnership countries (Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) with their counterparts and decision-makers in Berlin. IEP acts as a first contact-point, hosting institution and gateway for think tanks eager to expand their networks with German research institutions and relevant policy makers.