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COALITION FOR A SECURE AND DEMOCRATIC UKRAINE (CSDU)

Minister of Economy of Ukraine, Anatoliy Kinakh, Speaks in Washington, DC

by Violetta Tutunik

Washington, DC – April 13, 2007 - The Coalition for a Secure and Democratic Ukraine hosted an event with Anatoliy Kinakh, Minister of Economy, to discuss the “Current Political Developments and Economic Prospects in Ukraine.” The meeting was held on Friday, April 13, 2007 at the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s office in Washington, D.C. 

Ukraine’s new Minister of Economy addressed issues such as Ukraine’s stance towards the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, the economic obstacles the country is currently facing, and the urgent need to get past the stalemate presently confronting the Verkhovna Rada in order to focus on economic priorities.

Minister Kinakh emphasized the need to develop the “right rules of the game” as the main priority of the economy.  He underlined that it is essential to build critical infrastructure to attract foreign investment to enable Ukraine to become a vibrant member of the world economy.  He added that there are anti-market forces in Ukraine today who are trying to obstruct the country’s economic vitality and he has played a crucial role in working to counterbalance those forces. 

During the presentation, Minister Kinakh laid out what he saw as a “strategy of progress” necessary for Ukraine to implement in order to move from “anti-crisis” measures towards a strategy of development based on national economic interests.  The basis of this strategy includes business safety mechanisms, judicial and administrative reform, and high-quality government management with strong responsive capacity.

During the question and answer period, Minister Kinakh addressed the question of his shift from the pro-presidential “Our Ukraine” faction to that of the prime minister’s “Party of Regions.”  Minister Kinakh explained that his switch was a tough decision and in the end, he felt he owed it to the country and the people to be honest, objective, and to choose the coalition best able to defend the interests of Ukraine.  Mr. Kinakh stated that he views himself as a defender of the principles of the Maidan and a pursuer of priorities that will develop Ukraine into a strategic country. 

Prior to his position as Minister of the Economy, Mr. Kinakh served as a Verkhovna Rada Deputy, Prime Minister of Ukraine, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, and as the leader of the Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. 

The Coalition for a Secure and Democratic Ukraine is the successor to the Jackson-Vanik Graduation Coalition, and has assigned priority to promoting the U.S. Congress-Verkhovna Rada partnership, supporting Ukraine's integration into the Euro-Atlantic community, and promoting Ukraine's market reform, democratic development, and energy efficiency.  The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation serves as the secretariat of the Coalition.   

To view a full video of the presentation, please click here.

For more information, or to join the Coalition for a Secure and Democratic Ukraine, please contact Oksana Yakovenko at oksana@usukraine.org or at (202) 223-2228.  Please visit the Coalition for a Secure and Democratic Ukraine website at:  http://www.usukraine.org/csdu.shtml.

 

Coalition for a Secure and Democratic Ukraine meets with Anatoliy Kinakh
February 2, 2007

Washington, DC, February 2, 2007 – Members of the Coalition for a Secure and Democratic Ukraine met with deputy Anatoliy Kinakh, head of the Ukrainian Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defense, to discuss the current political and economic situation in Ukraine.    

Kinakh Meeting

Members of the Coalition for a Secure and Democratic Ukraine with Anatoliy Kinakh, Verkhovna Rada Deputy

Deputy Kinakh spoke about a wide range of issues including the current political happenings in Ukraine and their impact on U.S.-Ukraine and Europe-Ukraine relations.  The Verkhovna Rada deputy focused on Ukraine’s transition from a presidential-parliamentary to a parliamentary-presidential system.  Mr. Kinakh also emphasized the importance of domestic energy saving and renewable energy technologies.  Additionally, attention was given to Ukraine’s economic and business development, especially to issues related to Ukraine’s grain export markets and Ukraine’s entry into the World Trade Organization.   

Kinakh Meeting

Anatoliy Kinakh, Ukrainian Parliament deputy; Yevhen Zelenko, Embassy of Ukraine Interpreter; Ambassador Steven Pifer, Coalition for a Secure and Democratic Ukraine Co-chair; and Markian Bilynskyj, U.S.-Ukraine Foundation Vice President

Prior to his current position as an “Our Ukraine” Verkhovna Rada Deputy, Mr. Kinakh has held numerous posts in Ukraine.  These have included serving as Ukraine’s Prime Minister, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, and as the leader of the Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

During his remarks, Mr. Kinakh noted the work of the Coalition for a Secure and Democratic Ukraine by stating that “there have been positive developments in Ukraine in the past year, and it was especially with the help of the Jackson Vanik Graduation Coalition that Ukraine was graduated from the Jackson Vanik Amendment.”

The Coalition for a Secure and Democratic Ukraine is the successor to the Jackson-Vanik Graduation Coalition, and has assigned priority to promoting the U.S. Congress-Verkhovna Rada partnership, supporting Ukraine's integration into the Euro-Atlantic community, and promoting Ukraine's market reform, democratic development, and energy efficiency.  The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation serves as the secretariat of the Coalition.   

Kinakh Meeting

Kinakh Meeting

To become a member of the Coalition for a Secure and Democratic Ukraine, please contact Oksana Yakovenko at oksana@usukraine.org or at (202) 223-2228.  For more information about the Coalition, please visit:  http://www.usukraine.org/csdu.shtml

 

 

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