On 15 June 2017 Kyiv hosted the 7th National Expert Forum “Points of Growth”, co-organised by Gorshenin Institute and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Ukraine&Belarus. Traditionally, the event consisted of three thematic panels on the most topical issues on international and Ukrainian agenda.
Guests and experts at Discussion Panel 1, entitled “Sustainability of the political system”, included Stepan Kubiv, Ukraine’s First Vice Prime Minister - Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Iryna Herashchenko, First Vice Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Hugues Mingarelli, EU Ambassador to Ukraine, Oksana Prodan, member of the Ukrainian parliament, Mustafa Nayem, member of the Ukrainian parliament, Oksana Sotnyk, member of the Ukrainian parlaiment, and others.
They discussed decentralisation and amendments to the constitution, priority tasks for the authorities in 2017, and a probability of snap elections.
The panel was moderated by Sonya Koshkina, editor in chief at LB.ua.
Discussion Panel 2, entitled “Energy sector: points of growth”, focused on Ukraine’s role in securing the energy security of Europe, investments in the sector, the structure of tariffs, the operation standards of energy markets and other issues.
Speakers and experts at the panel included Jérôme Vacher, IMF Permanent Representative in Ukraine, Torsten Woellert, European Commission, Support Group for Ukraine, Team Leader Energy & Environment, Roman Opimakh, Executive Director at the Association of Gas Extraction Companies of Ukraine, and Roman Nytsovych, Head of Programmes at DiXi Group.
The panel was moderated by Oleksii Leschenko, Vice President of Gorshenin Institute.
Participants in Discussion Panel III, entitled “Ukraine in the changing world”, discussed ways to modernise Ukraine, vectors of its development and unrevealed opportunities, and lessons which can be learnt from the others.
Speakers at the panel included Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Matthes Buhbe, Director of FES Ukraine&Belarus, Luc Jacobs, Ambassador of Belgium to Ukraine, Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer, Director of IRSEM, French Ministry of Defence, Georgiy Logvinskyi, member of the Ukrainian parliament, Deputy Head of Ukraine’s Permanent Delegation to the PACE.
The panel was moderated by Gerhard Gnauck, journalist, Die Welt.
Lively communication between guests and participants in the forum spilled into the sidelines.