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09:00 - 10:00 – Registration of participants, guests

10:00 - 10:15 – Opening ceremony

Opening remarks by a Gorshenin Institute representative;

Readout of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s welcome address to the Forum;

Readout of Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman’s welcome address to the Forum.

10:15 - 11:45 – Discussion panel I “FORMULA FOR UKRAINE’S SECURITY. Continuation”

Points for discussion:

- What is happening to the global security systems? Are they capable of ensuring peace and stability in the European region?

- What will the foreign policy be under Putin’s new mandate and what threats does it carry for Ukraine? Will Putin seek to reincarnate the former USSR?

- How should the Ukrainian security and defence sector be reformed to meet the new challenges?

- How is the Ukrainian army reform going? When will the Ukrainian army be able to meet NATO standards?

- What has the Donbas reintegration law changed?

- How could the Minsk process be unblocked? Do prospects for new arrangements exist?

PANEL DISCUSSION SPEAKERS:

· Oleksandr TURCHYNOV, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine

· Arsen AVAKOV, Minister of Interior of Ukraine

· Melinda HARING, Atlantic Council, editor at Ukraine Alert

· Knut FLECKENSTEIN, Member of the European Parliament

PANEL MODERATOR:

Sonya KOSHKINA, editor in chief at LB.UA.

11:45 - 12:00 – Coffee break and informal communication

12:00 - 13:15 – Discussion panel II “REFORM PROCESS IN UKRAINE: INSTITUTIONALISATION”

Panel opening by Marcel RÖTHIG, Director, Friedrich Ebert Foundation Ukraine & Belarus.

Points for discussion:

- Reform process: achievements, challenges, new horizons. Has the reform become irreversible?

- Institutions VS personalities. Does Ukraine enjoy a due level of institutions development?

- Priorities in reforming the State: refurbishing facades or a quality transformation? Institutionalisation as an inherent criterion of a quality reform.

- Parliament reform as a critical element in the process of transforming the whole country.

- Do the existing fundamentals of the legislative process in Ukraine meet the today’s challenges and needs of a dynamically developing country in the global world?

- Can Ukraine hope for a modern parliament of a new quality?

- Will the reform of the energy sector ensure efficiency and transparency of the industry and integration with European energy systems?

PANEL DISCUSSION SPEAKERS:

· Oleksandr DANYLYUK, Minister of Finance of Ukraine

· Maksym STEPANOV, Chairman, Odesa Regional State Administration

· Vitaliy BUTENKO, Commercial Director, DTEK Energy

· Roman SHPEK, Chairman of the Council of the Independent Association of Banks of Ukraine

· Ihor KOHUT, Director of Programme USAID RADA, founder of the Ukrainian School for Political Studies, political expert

· Georg ZACHMANN, Senior Fellow, Bruegel, member of the German Advisory Group to Ukraine

PANEL MODERATOR:

Ivan MIKLOS, head of the Strategic Advisory Group for Support Ukrainian Reforms, Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine.

13:15 - 14:00 – Break, drinks and buffet. Communication on the sidelines

14:00 - 15:20 – Discussion panel III “DIGITAL AGENDA. INNOVATION AS A FACTOR FOR DEVELOPMENT”

Points for discussion:

- Digital society: what challenges does the society and State digitalisation imply for Ukraine?

- What place is attributed to digital as an element of the reform in Ukraine?

- Does Ukraine have the necessary resources for a successful implementation of innovation and modernization of the society?

- Does Ukraine have a potential to become a research hub for innovation?

- Economy, energy, industry, infrastructure development: what fields are part of the agenda to modernize the country, and to what extent?

- Are the digitalisation processes in Ukraine harmonised with relevant processes and trends in the EU?

- Will innovations in the public administration contribute de the service State development?

PANEL DISCUSSION SPEAKERS:

· Dmytro SHYMKIV, Deputy Chief of the Presidential Administration

· Anatoliy GIRSHFELD, executive director of the National Committee for Industrial development of Ukraine, Member of Ukrainian Parliament

· Deborah FAIRLAMB, Senior Adviser, Ukrainian Government Commissioner for Investments

· Valerii FISCHUK, co-Chair of the IT Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine

· OleksandrDANCHENKO, Member of the Ukrainian Parliament, chair of the Verkhovna Rada Committee for Informatisation and Communications

· OleksandrRYZHENKO, Head of the State Agency for e-Governance

· Petro MATIASHEK, chief of the project “Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services“

PANEL MODERATOR:

Victor Liakh, President of East Europe Foundation.

15:20 - 15:30 – Closing of the ІХ national Expert Forum.

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