Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov pledged here Tuesday to improve the country`s business climate in 2012 as the government steps up efforts to reduce administrative barriers and fees to start-up, according to Xinhua.

"The authorities must do their best to make the business environment in Ukraine more comfortable. We definitely can do it, because there is political will of the President and the government. And there are people on the key administrative positions who understand the problem," Azarov said during the Council of Entrepreneurs meeting.

Over the past two years, the Ukrainian government has made significant progress in building a better working environment for entrepreneurs, Azarov said, adding that the number of regulatory authorities which issue permits for business had decreased significantly during the period.

On Jan. 18, Azarov said Ukraine would trim the number of regulatory agencies as part of reforms aimed at promoting business development.

Currently there are 88 state departments and agencies in the post-Soviet country with powers of administrative control. The government aims to halve this number.