by H.E. Mr. Volodymyr Pakhil
the Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Indonesia
at the Bali Democracy Forum VIII
10-11 December 2015
Your Excellency Retno L.P. Marsudi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
At the onset let me emphasize that Ukraine attaches great importance to Bali Democracy Forum as one of the key platforms for promoting democratic values worldwide. With this in mind allow me to thank the Indonesian side for organizing this Forum and wish all participants a productive discussion.
I represent a country for which democracy is of a particular priority. Due to this I am especially pleased to have the opportunity to deliver my remarks concerning the Ukrainian experience with democracy and effective public governance.
Two years ago around this time a fundamental change began in my country on the demand of the people. The “Revolution of Dignity” set in motion a long and painful, but necessary process to transform Ukraine into a modern democratic state.
Over this period, the country’s progress has been significant.
This - despite the negative effects of the aggression perpetrated against my country by Russia, with the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula and military action in the east of Ukraine.
Ukraine conducted free and fair presidential, parliamentary, and local elections. Recently we are prepared to make an unprecedented effort of democracy. Namely, to hold elections in the temporarily occupied territories of eastern Ukraine, but only in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation and the principles of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Furthermore, the economic situation in the country was stabilized. Bankruptcy - avoided.
Society undertook profound constitutional reforms.
The state bureaucracy system was overhauled. In an effort to make governance more effective and transparent, the authorities are changing the functions of the state machine.
Ukraine now has new anti-corruption legislation, a transparent mechanism to encourage foreign investment.
Reform of the energy sector is allowing us to break away from gas dependency.
The government is working on decentralization, empowering local authorities to improve governance on the spot.
I would like to emphasize that in our efforts we have the support from our partners – the democratic and progressive states of the world.
Ukraine and the EU signed the Association Agreement, which will contribute positively to current democratic reforms in all spheres, including public governance.
In addition to financial and technical assistance, at this crucial time our international partners managed to form a coalition of political support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. 100 states voted in favor of the UN General Assembly resolution on Ukraine’s territorial integrity in 2014.
In 2015 we see that Ukraine has not let its supporters down. Unfortunately, peace is still a distant prospect due to the other side’s unwillingness to adhere by the Minsk agreements, which serve to outline the conditions of peace in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine’s government, however, is fulfilling the Minsk agreements.
In my final remarks I would like to underscore that Ukraine continues to be a reliable and ambitious international partner, countering the recent security and economic turbulence with effective reform of public governance and democracy.