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On March 23, 2016, at the International Convention Center “Ukrainian House” the Third National Forum “Transformation of Ukraine” (NFTU) took place. The Forum was attended by representatives of the civil society, the authorities of Ukraine and international community.

NFTU was established due to the initiative of public figures, businessmen, clergy and diplomats to discuss and coordinate actions aimed at transformation of the country.Among participants of the event were Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Jan Tombinski, Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Sviatoslav Shevchuk, mitered archpriest, head of Foreign Relations Department of the UGCC in Ukraine Oleksa Petriv, president of the Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith of Ukraine (Pentecostal) Bishop Michael Panochko, chairman of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Ukraine Sheikh Ahmed Tamim, rector of the Kiev Orthodox Theological Academy Archpriest Alexander Trofymlyuk, Dean of the Faculty of Theology KPBA Alexander Myronchuk, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Republic of Bulgaria in Ukraine Krasimir Minchev, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Lithuania in Ukraine Marius Yanukonis, Head of the Anti-Crisis Council of Non-government Organizations of Ukraine, President of the Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Anatoliy Kinakh, Honored Artist of Ukraine Evhen Nyschuk, chairman of the parliamentary faction “Batkivshchyna” Yulia Tymoshenko, Head of Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration Oleg Goncharuk, pioneer of high technologies and social activist Evhen Utkin, business representatives and representatives of the diplomatic corps, international organizations, culture, NGOs and associations, the December First Initiative Group.The Forum started with a welcoming speech of Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Sviatoslav Shevchuk and Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Jan Tombinski.Coordinator of the NFTU Mykhailo Khariy delivered a speech on the results of the Forum activities since the Second National Forum, in particular, on active involvement of international partners into cooperation with the NFTU and organization of the Sectoral Forums. In order to improve operation of the National Forum, Learning Modules for the Sectors and Coordinators are being developed. Importance of coordination and consolidation of efforts of the civil society, all branches of power in Ukraine and international partners to develop and implement a common program for transformation of the country was stressed.Moreover, National and International Coordinators of the Sectoral Forums were presented:

  1. Sector “Business Climate” – Evhen Utkin (pioneer of high technologies, social activist), National Coordinator;
  2. Sector “Decentralization and Regional Development” – Jacek Kluczkowski (The Institute for Eastern Studies, former Polish ambassador to Ukraine), International Coordinator;
  3. Sector “Culture” – Bohdan Strytunskiy (People’s artist of Ukraine, artistic director of the Kiev National Academic Theatre of Operetta), National Coordinator;
  4. Sector “Education and Science” – Ihor Tsependa (Rector of the Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University), National Coordinator; Jan Malicki (Head of the Centre for East European Studies of the University of Warsaw, honorable doctor of Precarpathian National Vasyl Stefanyk University), International Coordinator;
  5. Sector “Financial” – Oleksandr Savchenko (President of the International Institute of Business), National Coordinator;
  6. Sector “State Security” – Anatoliy Kinakh (Head of the Anti-Crisis Council of Non-government Organizations of Ukraine, President of the Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs), National Coordinator;
  7. Sector “Agriculture” – Leonid Kozachenko (President of the All-Ukrainian public organization “Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation”, Head of the Council of Entrepreneurs under the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine), National Coordinator;
  8. Sector “Cooperation with the Ukrainians Abroad” – Mykhaylo Ratushniy (Head of the Ukrainian World Coordinating Council), National Coordinator.

The topic “Socio-economic situation in Ukraine and tools to improve it” was addressed at the Forum. Head of the Anti-Crisis Council of Non-government Organizations of Ukraine Anatoliy Kinakh stressed consolidation of all business associations of Ukraine in order to resolve the current crisis. “We have studied the experience of Poland and other countries of Central and Eastern Europe in terms of the transformation process. The Poles began with almost similar economic base, however, now have a 5-6 times higher GDP (500 billion dollars in comparison to 86 billion in Ukraine), alongside this, Poland is the EU Member State and one of the most developed countries of the region. There are economic “recipes” equally successful for any economy. They must be adjusted to the realities of Ukraine, betting on the development of its own potential – industrial, innovative, active civil society, its cohesion,” – said Anatoliy Kinakh.

Former Ambassador of Poland to Ukraine, International Coordinator of the “Decentralization and Regional Development” Sector Jacek Kluczkowski presented Draft Recommendations for the President of Ukraine, leaders of political parties, deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Government of Ukraine, the civil society of Ukraine and international partners, based on the best practices of transformation in countries of Central and Eastern Europe (particularly Poland), developed by the Working Group of the NFTU.

Cooperation of the NFTU, all branches of the government, civil society and international partners should result in the development and implementation of the National Strategy of Transformation of Ukraine.

The Forum participants actively discussed ways of expanding cooperation of the National Forum with the State Power of Ukraine, the business community and the civil society to accelerate the transformation processes and reforms. In particular, suggestions and comments expressed:

  • Rector of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, National Coordinator of the “Education and Science” Sector Ihor Tsependa;
  • Chairman of the parliamentary faction “Batkivshchyna” Yulia Tymoshenko;
  • Chairman of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Ukraine Sheikh Ahmed Tamim;
  • President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) Pavlo Grod;
  • Representative of the NGO “Gidnist” Dmitriy Karp;
  • Member of the Presidium of the Union of Women of Ukraine, deputy head of the NGO “Ivano-Frankivsk Association in Kiev” Larisa Grydzhuk;
  • President of the Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith of Ukraine (Pentecostal) Bishop Michael Panochko;
  • Head of the Ukrainian World Coordinating Council, National Coordinator of the “Cooperation With Ukrainians Abroad” Sector Mykhaylo Ratushniy;
  • Ukrainian political and public figure, former chairman of the National Expert Commission of Ukraine on the Protection of Public Morality, MP of Ukraine of the I, II, III convocations, Doctor of Law, Professor, Honored Lawyer of Ukraine, member of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Vasyl Kostytskiy;
  • MP of Ukraine Oleksandr Kirsch;
  • President of the Chamber of Commerce of Ukraine Gennadiy Chyzhykov.

We are looking forward to receiving your suggestions regarding activities of the National Forum “Transformation of Ukraine” on the email info@nftu.org.ua.

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