WB supports Ukraine government`s policy on reforming agriculture

10:33, 29 May 2008
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Nemyria, Weifels, met in Kyiv

On Wednesday, Vice Prime Minister for European and International Integration Hryhoriy Nemyria held a meeting with World Bank Chief Executive from the group of states at the head of Holland and Ukraine Herman Weifels, according to the government’s press-office.

During the meeting the Vice Prime Minister discussed with Mr. Weifels future long-term strategy for the World Bank. According to Hryhoriy Nemyria, the World Bank should be closer to its client states in order to surmount new global challenges.

In the Vice Prime Minister’s opinion, Ukraine has a great potential for returning the status of “Europe’s granary”.

“I am confident that Ukraine can be an active participant in overcoming the world food crisis. That’s why the Government’s priority is to carry out the agricultural reform,” Hryhoriy Nemyria noted.

The Vice Prime Minister and the World Bank Chief Executive discussed concrete ways of reformation of the agricultural sector. Mr.Weifels has supported five priorities of the Government on reforming the agriculture and emphasized the important of ensuring property rights and developing the program on energy-efficiency in this context.

Hryhoriy Nemyria expressed gratitude for significant analytical aid provided by the World Bank for carrying out reforms in Ukraine, overcoming of negative consequences of Ukraine’s accession to the WTO and preparation for the creation of a deep free trade area with the EU. The Vice Prime Minister stressed: “The Government appreciates the Bank’s suggestions and listens to them”.

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