Date: September 14, 2017
The Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Financial Policy and Banking Serhiy Rybalka thanked his American colleagues for the help the US Government has provided to Ukraine.
The economic reforms in Ukraine and the fight against corruption were the most frequent topics of discussion with Congressmen and representatives of business, with whom the Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Financial Policy and Banking Serhiy Rybalky met during his working visit to the United States. Find below what the politician writes about this on his Facebook page.
In particular, the subjects of inhibited economic reforms and a high-level corruption, including in the enforcement agencies, were brought up at a meeting with the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs, Ed Royce.
"During a long conversation we had the chance of having an in-depth analysis of the Ukrainian situation. For obvious reasons I personally am most concerned of the two issues: the first is the slow progress of economic reforms and the second is rampant corruption, including in the enforcement agencies that sabotage business to get kick-backs or harassing it on order," - wrote Mr. Rybalka.
He also added that he has thanked his American colleagues for the help that the US Government provides to Ukraine. "This is very important for us. We already see the first results. But the old rotten system resists and even kicks back. We have no right to procrastinate on the path of reforms. The Oleg Lyashko's Radical Party will do everything to help the anti-corruption efforts of the healthy forces in Ukraine," - noted Mr. Rybalka.
Also, the progress of reforms and the nescient system of supporting the small and medium-sized businesses were also discussed at a meeting with the president and chief executive officer of the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), Jim Gerlach.
BIPAC is one of the largest and most influential organizations engaged in enhancing the political effectiveness of the United States business. Jim Gerlach is well versed in the situation in Ukraine: he used to be an active member of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus and has been cooperating with the large Ukrainian community in Pennsylvania for quite a long time. "Jim believes that it is in the interests of the United States that Ukraine becomes a strong and successful country," Mr. Rybalka wrote.
The Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Financial Policy and Banking Serhiy Rybalka thanked his American colleagues for the help provided to Ukraine by the US government.
In his words, at the meetings he told about the strategic advancements the Radical Party has made in the areas of promoting the development of the Ukrainian financial and banking system and stimulation of the Ukrainian industry. In particular, he highlighted the role his party played in adopting Export Credit Agency Law and efforts to push through legislation on industrial parks.
Earlier, Serhiy Rybalka also held meetings with Congressman Robert Pittenger, with whom he discussed the ways of extricating Ukraine from the financial and banking crisis and also the progress of financial sector reforms, and with Edwin Feulner, the president of Heritage Foundation, one of the most renowned conservative strategic think-tanks.
"My main message is that we need systemic reforms in the economy, with a stress on confidence building and the development of the financial system. We also need material success in combating corruption and protecting human, creditor and investor rights. Only then will be we be able to achieve normal economic growth in Ukraine and raise the living standards of all Ukrainians. This is an important condition for defending the Ukrainian independence and returning the occupied territories. Our parliamentary faction will continue to submit bills and support other legislation that favors the Ukrainian economy, fight against corruption, restoration of effective law enforcement, fair judicial system protecting the rights of investors and of all citizens," – Mr. Rybalka wrote.