Saakashvili outlines main tasks in new position in Ukraine
Former President of Georgia and ex-Governor of Ukraine's Odesa region Mikheil Saakashvili, who was tapped to chair Ukraine's Executive Committee on Reforms, has outlined main tasks in the new position.
"Now Ukraine is facing major crisis associated with the global coronavirus. The first thing to do to help the economy is to make businesses free, free from administrative intervention. There are many regulations they need to be freed from, and the main word is 'freedom.' During the first stage, it is necessary to scrap irrelevant regulations in the tax sphere, customs, where many papers need to be filled in. Everything is about freedom in doing business," he said during a morning TV show, "Snidanok z 1+1," on May 8, 2020, according to the Ukrainian TSN TV news service.
Commenting on the issue of healthcare reform, Saakashvili said the system should be completely changed.
"Attempts to partially change bring nothing. An attempt to reanimate old, Soviet reforms does not work. It is not possible to rebuild the old system. It must be completely changed," the official said.
Saakashvili said his office would be part of the Office of the President of Ukraine, since this is a traditional agency working under the president of Ukraine.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky by his decree on May 7 appointed Mikheil Saakashvili as Chairman of the Executive Reforms Committee, an advisory body created in 2014.