The Ukrainian government needs to work with highly educated officials are set to reform and serve the people, and for a good salary. Most of these objectives of the new project, which is financially supported by the European Union, the European Bank for reconstruction and development, the governments of the States of Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
About how this project will differ from the work of dozens of advisers who are already working in the Ukrainian government, “Voice of America” talked with the Executive Director of the EBRD for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus Francis Malige, who came to Washington for a meeting of the IMF and the world Bank.
The EBRD is already supporting the work of the group of strategic advisors Leszek Balcerowicz and Ivan Miklos. But this is not enough, says Malige.
“The role of advisors is to check when the government is considering what to do, they can make decisions based on information takes into account the experience of other countries. But of course, it’s a small group which works on many issues. This is not enough. And that’s why we’ve teamed up with the EU and the government of Ukraine to give another component of the architecture of reforms in Ukraine. This is a group to support the reform and the Office of reform. The latter will be in the office of the Prime Minister, ” explains Malige.
Malige tells us that at the initial stage of group support reforms will work in four ministries: Finance, agricultural policy, infrastructure and Economics. Subsequently, the project will be able to join other ministries.
“We see that if we want to implement reform, it requires the support of several ministries. This is not a highly paid foreign consultants. Ukrainians whose qualifications meet the needs of the future government. Their task, bule double. Part of a group to work on priority reforms that each Minister wants to implement in its sector. And the other part of the group will work to reform the Ministry “, – said the Executive Director of the Bank.
All will be employed about 30-40 people on short-term contracts in each Ministry. Salaries that are comparable with the salaries of officials in Estonia or Poland, will be financed by donor funds.
All the project donors while allocate two million euros annually, it will last a few years depending on funding availability and needs, and it is expected that over time these people will become the basis for a future Ukrainian government.
“Ukraine needs to transform their public administration. These people, with new ideas, will be recruited into the new government at a salary that will allow them not to depend on corruption or be forced to work two jobs, ” says Malige.
A W officials of ministries who are already working, will be forced to leave their positions.
“Part of the plan, the team needs to develop, ways of reducing bureaucracy and replacing inefficient bureaucracy more efficient management. For example, this should help reform public enterprises and privatization. A lot of people in government spend their time on the question of state enterprises. There is no reason why the Ukrainian government should be in the hospitality business or in logistics, ” he says.
It is from the successful privatization of state enterprises, said Francis Malige, will depend on the volume of the Bank’s investments in the Ukrainian economy. It is expected that by the end of the year the total amount of EBRD investments in Ukraine will be from 400 to 500 000 000 euros, which is two times less than last year.
“The successful privatization of such companies as the Odesa port plant, power companies and other companies that are in state ownership and which should be privatized, is the key to the return of investments in Ukraine, which will be the key to growth and, in turn, is the key to successful reforms “, – says the Executive Director of the EBRD in the countries of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus Francis Malige.
Source: Voice Of America