Announcement of the Conference “Public Spending in Ukraine: How to Achieve More at Fewer Costs?”, December 12

8 November 2016

December 12, 2016

Location: President Hotel, 12, Hospitalna street, Kyiv (entrance through Congress Hall)

The event will be organized by the Centre for Economic Strategy (CES) jointly with the Reanimation Package of Reforms (RPR), the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (IER) and the “Support to the reform of public finances” Project realized on behalf of German Government by the federal enterprise Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The conference is supported by the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine.

The share of public spending in Ukraine’s GDP is about 44%. This figure is lower than in previous years, but still too high, especially considering the poor state institutions and weak governance. According to CES estimations, if the share of public spending in GDP is reduced to 37% the average annual economic growth rate in Ukraine will rise by 0.9-3.5 percentage points of GDP.

However, the problem is not only in reducing the role of government and a proportional reduction of budget expenditures – the state must learn to spend money effectively. Each budget program has to lead to reaching a particular purpose which benefits society. What does the population and the country overall need the most: science classrooms or hospital beds? More spending on prison or fewer prisoners? Financing defense capacity or student scholarships?

Many countries went through major reviews of public spending and managed to achieve better results at a lower cost. In Ukraine this process is just ahead. Can we take this path and what is needed to do so successfully? These and other questions will be discussed at the conference on December 12.


09:30-10:30 Participant registration, welcome coffee

10:30-12:00 First session
Moderator – Olena Bilan, chief economist of Dragon Capital

Opening speech – Oleksandr Danyliuk, the Minister of Finance of Ukraine

Welcome speech – Daniela Bergelt, Head of Cooperation at Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Kyiv

10:45-12:00 Panel discussion “How to make government spending more effective: implication of foreign fiscal reforms experience for Ukraine”


  • Günter Weiland, GIZ expert, Head of the Accounting and Controlling Division, State Chancellery of Hesse „Indicators in the performance based budgeting as an instrument for achieving political goals, experience in Germany“
  • Ruth Richardson, occupied position of finance minister of New Zealand during 1990-1993. Taking early and decisive action to correct the fiscal position, Ruth was a principal architect in turning New Zealand’s economy around
  • Maria Repko, deputy director of CES, RPR expert, presentation of research results on “Assessment of efficiency of public expenditure and steps to optimization”
  • Pavlo Kukhta, deputy head of the Strategic Group of Advisers to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine

12:15 – 12:30 Coffee Break

12:30-14:30 Second session
Moderator – Hlib Vyshlinsky, executive director of the Centre for Economic Strategy

Panel discussion “Evaluating public spending effectiveness: health care spending example”

  • Presentation of analysis of budget requests of the Ministry of Health Care, Oleksandra Betliy, leading research fellow, EIR, RPR expert
  • Discussion with participation of
    – Pavlo Kovtonyuk, deputy minister of health care of Ukraine
    – Iryna Sysoienko, MP, Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Committee on Public Health
    – Viktor Maziarchuk, head of the Financial and Economic Analysis Office in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

Panel discussion “Evaluating public spending effectiveness: education and science spending example”

  • Presentation of analysis of budget requests of the Ministry of Education and Science , Maria Repko, deputy director, CES, RPR
  • Discussion with participation of
    – Volodymyr Kovtunets, first deputy minister of education and science of Ukraine
    – Yaroslav Markevych, MP, member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Budget
    – Yegor Stadny, CEDOS analyst
    – Volodymyr Bakhrushyn, expert on education policy

Closing remarks, Sergiy Marchenko, Deputy Minister of Finance of Ukraine

* We are working on improvement of the conference program. All updates will be posted on our website.

Simultaneous translation from English to Ukrainian (and vice versa) will be provided.

To learn about the best practices of effective budgeting join this event on December 12. Participation is free of charge, but please make sure to register by 6 p.m. December  8. To register for the conference please fill out the form.

Contact person: Yevhenia Yehorova, Centre for Economic Strategy (office@ces.org.ua, (+380) 67 537-9184).