Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State, traveled to Odesa on Sunday, June 8, where she met with Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Governor Ihor Kolomoysky and the Odesa Oblast Governor Ihor Palytsia, reports Ukrinform. The situation in Ukraine and especially in the oblasts was discussed during the meetings.
Ihor Kolomoyskiy noted that the fight against corruption must begin with the country’s government. “In order to combat corruption on the local level, we need to change the system. We need to create conditions for normal work, to pay decent wages, to provide social support and protection for the most vulnerable of our citizens. All this, along with other transparent steps and measures, will negate the corruption component,” he said.
Nuland, in turn, reaffirmed US support for positive changes in Ukraine and efforts toward further stabilization, especially in the east of the country. She also said that an economic mission of American investors will arrive in the fall.
As previously reported, Kolomoysky has taken steps to fight corruption in his oblast. On June 3, the press service of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Administration reported on a new program to combat corruption with the help of experts at the international auditing and consulting company PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
According to the press release, a trilateral memorandum of cooperation and coordination between the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast State Administration, the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council, and PricewaterhouseCoopers was signed on May 29.
“The document provides for the creation and implementation of effective tools to combat corruption as part of a comprehensive strategy of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, primarily through a comprehensive audit of the budgetary process,” the release states.
The press service reports that priority initiatives will include the creation of a platform for public discussion of critical issues in the anti-corruption fight, the coordination of interaction among the different departments and organizations, and the improvement of phone helplines. The memorandum, will be in effect for one year.
Translation: Anna Mostovych
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