Experts discussed new models of socio-economic development in Ukraine

23 May 2014

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The event, co-organized by UNDP in Ukraine and Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, brought together top officials from the Ministry and renowned scientists to discuss development challenges of Ukraine and to establish strategies to drive Ukraine’s economic development forward. Two Academicians, four Corresponding members of the National Academy of Sciences, more than 20 economics professors, experts and researches from the Institute of Economics, the Institute for Scientific, Technical and Economic Information, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Ukrsibbank BNP Paribas Group participated in the discussion.

 “The level of socio-economic development of any country, and Ukraine is not an exception here, is determined by the level of its scientific potential. We need to develop new models and come up with innovative strategies based on the scientific approach to solving  economic problems”- said Roman Kachur, the Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine. 

Valeriy Geets, the Academician of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine and the Director of the Academy’s Institute for Economics and Forecasting, spoke about the results of the recent poll on the new model of economic development. “Ukrainian economic science has to respond to the needs of the society for new development model”– underlined Mr.Geets.

 Valerii Muntiyan, Government Commissioner of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, spoke about the current economic situation and possible ways of improving it. He underscored the importance of transforming Ukrainian economy along the recourse-efficient path. 

 Ella Libanova, the Academician of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Director of Ptukha Institute for Demography and Social Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, emphasized that the government, academia, the private sector and the public have to join forces in defining the optimal model of inclusive growth that takes into account interests and concerns of all players of the society. “We should encourage social responsibility of business as well as foster social responsibility of general public. We all are responsible for our future” – underlined Ms. Libanova. 

 The UNDP experts presented the results of the National Post 2015 consultations, according to which  the Ukrainians have identified the following development priorities: equal opportunities and social justice; honest authorities; efficient health care; decent work; a modern economy; a healthy environment; accessible and high-quality education; and developed infrastructure. The results of these national consultations were presented in the National Report “Post-2015 Ukraine: The future we want” that became a reference point for development, sparking a national dialogue that responds to a growing call for active participation in shaping the ‘world we want’. 

 Recommendations on new models of socio-economic development based on results of the conference  were  submitted to the Parliament, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, line ministries, central and local authorities, oblast state administrations, and scientific institutions of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.