US urges Ukraine to respect transparent corporate governance

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The United States, in dialogue with Ukraine, emphasizes the need for the authorities in Kiev to respect transparent corporate governance and to continue to fight corruption. This was announced on April 30 by the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Riker.

“We will of course, as I said earlier, underline the call for Ukrainian leaders to respect transparent corporate governance practices, especially in state-owned enterprises. And this, of course, also applies to the energy sector, ”the diplomat said, speaking at a special briefing on the upcoming visits of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to London and Kiev this week.

Ricoeur did not answer directly the question of whether Kiev’s actions against Naftogaz of Ukraine lead to a reassessment of the US President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s commitment to fighting corruption. According to and. about. Assistant Secretary of State, the American administration is communicating to the Ukrainian government its “concern about [необходимости установления] good [корпоративного и государственного] management “. Washington is focusing on fighting corruption and ensuring transparency in Ukraine, and as Ricoeur noted, good governance is essential to these efforts.

According to the diplomat, the implementation of reforms in the conditions of transparency and the fight against corruption is especially important “for stability and progress in the future.”

Ricoeur also said that ensuring the energy security of Ukraine is a priority for the United States.

“This will be on the agenda of the meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, as well as with other officials, <...> we want to hear about anti-corruption actions,” he added.

On April 15, it was reported that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is going to launch a new program to combat corruption in Ukraine.

On April 13, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, at a meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, discussed the importance of implementing democratic reforms and fighting corruption in the country.

On March 10, Blinken also announced that Washington is going to increase support for Ukraine in strengthening democratic institutions and fighting corruption.