Today Ukraine celebrates the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of Ukraine.
Ukraine’s first such document, the Pylyp Orlyk Constitution of Rights and Freedoms, dates back to 1710. The United States Constitution came much later, in 1787, the Constitutions of Poland and France 1791.
«This is a significant day for all Ukrainians, because it was on this day in 1996 that we received the fundamental document of the highest legal force. This event was extremely important for Ukraine, which strengthened its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Constitution is not only a law, it is also a symbol of national unity.» - said Chargé d'Affaires Oleksandr Bondarenko.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the adoption of our basic law, Ukrainians recall that our country played a key role in developing the concept of a constitution and this was irrevocable proof that an independent Ukrainian state became a reality. The Ukrainian people shaped their principles of building the State and society, determined the purpose of their statehood and the values laid down as its basis. Ukraine decided to build up a democratic social legal state, with the essential value being a person, his/her life and health, honour and dignity, inviolability and security. The norms of the Constitution of Ukraine are the norms of direct action, and therefore, every citizen of Ukraine is directly protected under it.
Ukrainian society is changing and developing, however, the Constitution of Ukraine remains the main guideline in social life and the touchstone Ukrainians are constantly referring to. Thus, having clearly recognized unconditional desire to be part of European civilization, Ukrainians have enshrined this course in the Constitution of Ukraine. From now on, any speculation around this issue is senseless, since the aspirations of the Ukrainian people captured in the Constitution of Ukraine are inviolable.
The Constitution of Ukraine is one of the determinant factors for the development of Ukrainian statehood and Ukrainian society, which is based on the supremacy of law.
Today, Ukraine is a dynamic European country that is improving its investment climate to compete globally, create new business opportunities and increase foreign direct investment.
Despite the challenges, during 2020 Ukraine with the help of the business community carried out historic reforms: adopted legislation on the introduction of the land market, increased the transparency of the tax system, supported business with affordable loans, launched open privatization, signed the first concession agreements. Diya, a digital platform for business and citizens, was also launched, placing Ukraine among the leading countries with digital passports and online services.
Today, Ukraine continues to be a leader in innovative thought.
More than a hundred international companies have their innovative capacities in Ukraine.
Ukraine currently ranks number one in software engineering in Central-Eastern Europe and top three for certified IT professionals globally.
Ukrainians are working with Microsoft to invest more than $ 500 million in the development of cloud services in Ukraine.
The country has a very high scientific potential. With a 99.7 per cent literacy rate, it is the fourth most educated nation in the world. It has the world’s fourth airspace industry and is the manufacturer of the world’s largest aeroplane, the cargo giant Mriya-225. Ukraine is equally advanced in the military engineering sector.
Another one of Ukraine’s key trades, known all around the world and for centuries, is agriculture. In the 19th century Europe nicknamed Ukraine its “breadbasket,” and no wonder! One-third of the world’s richest black soil is found within the borders of Ukraine.
Relations between Ukraine and Indonesia are developing in the spirit of mutual respect and cooperation. Despite the great distance between the two countries, bilateral cooperation has always been productive. In twenty-nine years of diplomatic relations, nearly three dozen agreements have been signed. Bilateral trade at one point reached $ 1 billion, and we believe that is not the limit.
The two countries have a history of mutual support. When Indonesia needed the UN Security Council to recognize its independence, Ukraine's delegation to Indonesia, supported by the United Nations, put the issue on the agenda.
Decades later, partner countries continued to help each other when needed. When the deadly earthquake in Yogakarta took place in 2006, Ukraine sent humanitarian aid. In 2015, Indonesian pharmaceutical corporations responded to Ukraine's requests for drugs for victims of Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine. In 2018, Ukraine provided humanitarian assistance to the Republic of Indonesia to assist in dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi.
Since 2014, Ukraine has been the object of armed external aggression, which has challenged the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state. Indonesia was one of the first countries in Southeast Asia to declare its firm support for Ukraine's territorial integrity and refused to recognize any illegal border movement. We are extremely grateful for that.