This was stated by the Co-Chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC, Prime Minister of the Opposition government Borys Kolesnikov on the program “Today” on the TV channel “Ukraine” on Thursday, December 28.
“Unfortunately, I think that the main event of the year that was expected by 100% of the citizens of Ukraine, peace and the end of the war has not happened. The ATO stopped neither in a week nor in a month or almost four years, and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. We will be optimistic, and we hope that in 2018 power will achieve peace,” the opposition politician emphasized.
If we talk about the positive aspects of the outgoing year, according to Borys Kolesnikov, one of the most important events was the largest exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and separate districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. “The Ukrainians have returned to their families. This is an important event. The visa-free regime can also be attributed to the positive aspect. I predicted that only 3% of Ukrainians would use it, but I was optimistic, it was only 2%,” he said.
Speaking about the economic situation in the country, the opposition Prime Minister stressed that more than 60% of Ukrainians lived below the poverty line. “We calculated that if the growth of the Ukrainian economy is 3% per year, then only by 2040 we will reach the GDP of 2013. In general, it is not necessary to drop less than 5% (GDP growth - Ed.). And if we want to double GDP, we must grow by 10% of GDP per year for 7 years. Ukraine has everything for this. First of all, it is necessary to resume the market of transport services. In fact, growth (GDP - Ed.) should be felt in the pockets of Ukrainians. If it is not, then this is the entire planned economy of the Soviet Union,” Borys Kolesnikov is convinced.
“It is necessary to do everything to go to 7-8% (GDP growth - Ed.). Now the government has to demand from the National Bank to print money. As a consequence, the dollar is growing, the deficit of the gold and foreign exchange reserves next year will be 7 billion. Where does the government have confidence in the stability of the hryvnia? If there is no economy – there is no stable hryvnia. The increase in wages is instantly eaten up by inflation. I would like to be an optimist, but not from scratch,” he said.
At the same time, the politician drew attention to the fact that the authorities, unfortunately, do not listen to the advice of the Opposition government. “We said if you would not achieve the rule of law – there would be no investment. We pointed to seven centers of corruption. Both the rule of law and the destruction of corruption will immediately open the door for investors,” the opposition prime minister underscored.