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Sep 16

Reviving Economic Growth and Freedom in Ukraine

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Ukraine is at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Its global economic integration and rightful place among free, democratic, and prosperous nations should be an important American foreign policy priority. A rebirth of economic freedom in Ukraine could have a positive impact not only on Eastern Europe but also in Russia and other post-Soviet states. Achieving this desirable outcome, however, will require the government of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to implement long-delayed structural reforms aimed at establishing a free market democracy. The United States has been a major supporter of Ukraine’s quest for democratic and free market transition. As one of the largest investors in Ukraine, the U.S. has real economic and geopolitical interests in Ukraine’s future. The 20th Anniversary of independence is a good opportunity for the United States to re-focus on Ukraine as it seeks to revive its economy, raise the standard of living for its citizens, and integrate with global economy.



10:00 a.m. SESSION I

H.E. Olexander Motsyk, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States of America, 
    on Ukraine's Accomplishments the Past 20 Years and Moving Ukraine Into the Future

H.E. Anatoliy Kinakh, President, Ukrainian League of Industrialists & Entrepreneurs, and Member of Parliament, Ukraine,
     on Moving Ukraine Forward Through Needed Economic Reforms

Leonid Kozachenko, President, Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation, and former Deputy Prime Minister for Agrarian Policy, Ukraine, 
    on Moving Ukraine Forward Through Major Agriculture/Agribusiness/Food System Development

James M. Roberts, Research Fellow for Economic Freedom and Growth, The Heritage Foundation, 
    on Ukraine’s Performance on The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom

Dr. Ariel Cohen, Senior Research Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, The Heritage Foundation,
     on Moving Ukraine Forward by Striking the Right Balance in Relations with East and West

H.E. Lesya Orobets, Member of Parliament, and Head of the Basic Education Subcommittee, Science & Education Committee, Ukraine, 
    on Moving Ukraine Forward Through Business and Professional Education

12:30 p.m. LUNCH

1: 15 p.m. SESSION II

Kerry Tassopoulos, Vice President, Government Relations, Mary Kay, Inc., Dallas, Texas,
     on Moving Ukraine Forward Through the Development of Small & Medium Business

Dr. Edi Segura, Partner and Chief Economist, SigmaBleyzer, and Chairman of the Board, The Bleyzer Foundation, 
    on Moving Ukraine Forward Through Improving Ukraine's Macroeconomic Performance

The Hon. Roman Popadiuk, Executive Director, George H.W. Bush Library Foundation, and first U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine,
     on Moving Ukraine Forward by Being an Optimist About Ukraine's Future

Morgan Williams, Director, Government Affairs, Washington Office, SigmaBleyzer, and President, U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), 
    on Moving Ukraine Forward By Getting Ukraine Fully Open For Business

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