KSE Supports a Series of Meetings with Agriculture Associations and Unions as part of Ukraine Facility

15 September 2023

KSE team is actively engaged in the work on the Ukraine Plan for the implementation of the Ukraine Facility program, as well as the development of sectoral strategies. This week saw a series of meetings with the representatives of agrarian associations and unions. The meetings were held in conjunction with the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, with oversight by the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine and analytical consultation from Kyiv School of Economics.

Creation of the sectoral working groups is one of the activities of the Good Governance Fund Project “Economic Hub: Sound PFM Policies and Vision for Growth,” which is supported by UK Aid from the UK Government. The project delivery partners are Abt Britain and Kyiv School of Economics.

The participants of the meetings included representatives from 12 agrarian sectoral and specialized associations and unions, as well as from the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine, and Kyiv School of Economics.

“Agriculture stands as a focal point in our developmental efforts within the framework of the Ukraine Facility program. Leveraging our competitive strengths, we are committed to both broadening production and increasing exports of finished goods. This necessitates a keen understanding of market dynamics and the invaluable insights of those at the forefront of these transformations — industry entrepreneurs. Drawing upon the rich expertise and insights of agricultural sector representatives, we aim to shape a comprehensive development strategy. This strategy will serve as a catalyst to attract technology and investments, driving our progress forward,” said Oleksiy Sobolev, Deputy Minister of Economy of Ukraine for Digital Development, Digital Transformations and Digitalization.

Maksym Fedoseienko, Head of Strategic Projects at KSE Institute, explained the mechanics of the participation in the development of changes envisaged by the implementation of the Plan of Ukraine and the Ukraine Facility program, and also indicated the main tasks of such meetings.

Government and business representatives discussed issues of export and state regulation of products, raising national standards, replacing and adapting current regulatory norms, state support in terms of financing development projects, as well as support, restoration and development of agriculture.

During these discussions, representatives of agrarian associations and unions raised the issue of finalizing the proposed policies, emphasized the urgent issues of the development of the industry, as well as the expansion of the planned measures to the regional and national level.

The first stage of sectoral working group collaboration with businesses will continue until October 2023. During this period, proposals for the Ukraine Plan, essential for the implementation of the Ukraine Facility financial assistance program, will be formulated. The program will provide Ukraine with 50 billion euros from the European Commission during 2024-2027.