President Petro Poroshenko has launched the International Conference in Support of Ukraine. Addressing the participants, the Head of State emphasized: "Your solidarity is key to resolving Ukraine's present difficulties, as well as to its future, which we see as a fully integrated, economically vibrant, and productive member of the European family of nations".
The President noted that Ukraine kept on moving the track of European integration and implementation of reforms in all spheres of public, political and economic life. "Every day is a fight on two fronts for my nation – one, is the struggle to preserve its freedom and territorial integrity; the other, is the fight to survive economically, root out corruption and carry out comprehensive and, even very painful reforms to make a new, revitalized, forward-looking Ukraine a reality," Petro Poroshenko said.
"Despite the fact that we are still under a threat of war, we are set to make a breakthrough. De-oligarchization, de-monopolization, deregulation and decentralization as well as the fight against corruption are the main avenues for our reforms," the President said.
"Our purpose is to build and ensure the irreversibility of a system that will guarantee democracy, human rights and freedoms; a political system that complies with the standards of the European political culture," the President said.
According to the President, Ukraine consistently fulfills the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement Agenda.
The President has informed the participants on the activity of the National Reforms Council, which coordinates the reforms across the three branches of power with input from civil society: "We have created an efficient reforms team. I am proud that the government consists of many reform-oriented professionals, who are driven to implement the best world standards in Ukraine," Petro Poroshenko emphasized.
The Head of State has drawn special attention to the struggle against corruption, which remains the top priority. He has informed that the newly established National Anti-Corruption Bureau, which had been designed according to the best international standards, had been launched already. At the same time, the President noted that the bureau’s work was in large part geared toward restoring confidence in Ukraine.
"We seek to introduce new rules of the game. Ukraine needs investments to build on and develop its immense potential; potential which has for so long been neglected. We need investments to restore our economy and launch sustainable growth; growth that will not only develop and modernize Ukraine, but will also be profitable for Ukraine’s investors," the President stressed.
Speaking of Ukraine's potential, the Head of State has emphasized that Ukraine was one of the most promising countries for investments. "Although we are dealing with military aggression in Donbas, we have managed to bring the area of instability down to 7% of Ukraine’s territory including Crimea. And we are managing to keep the situation under control," the President said
At the end of his speech, the President has called on the participants to believe in Ukraine and support it. "Please believe in Ukraine and join us in this historic process," he noted.
The International Conference In Support of Ukraine is held in Kyiv. Its purpose is to mobilize and increase the support of Ukraine. Over 500 foreign investors, businessmen and government officials from 56 countries take part in this conference.