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Update on Ukraine – Economic Development

30 January 2020
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Organization: Institut für Europäische Politik

We are pleased to invite you to our round-table discussion on the topic “Update on Ukraine – Assessing the New Ukrainian Government’s Reforms on Economic Development, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption” on Thursday, 30 January.

The newly elected Ukrainian government has launched a number of large-scale reforms that could spur economic development, which is a crucial precondition for prosperity and stability in the country. The potential and need for attracting foreign investments remain vast, and economic reforms will turn investors’ eyes on Ukraine.

However, risks related to the rule of law have undermined foreign investment in Ukraine for decades. Investors cite widespread corruption and lack of trust regarding the judiciary as key obstacles for increased investments in Ukraine. The new government has ambitious plans in reforming the judiciary, bringing an end to impunity of corrupt officials, and relaunching law enforcement agencies.

In order to conduct a reality check on these ambitious plans, the Berlin Policy Hub has invited three civil society experts from Ukraine to share their assessments:

Hlib VYSHLINSKY, Executive Director, Centre for Economic Strategy (CES), Kyiv
Iryna SHYBA, Executive Director, DEJURE Foundation, Kyiv
Oleksandr LIEMIENOV, Founder of StateWatch, Kyiv

The inputs of our Ukrainian colleagues will be commented from the German side by:

Florian LAUDI, Special Envoy for Ukraine, Head of the Ukraine Task Force, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin (tbc)
Ute KOCHLOWSKI-KADJAIA, Managing Director, German Eastern Business Association (OAOEV), Berlin

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