: Architect of Polish reforms joins Ukrainian government

16:34 Apr. 22, 2016

Architect of Polish reforms joins Ukrainian government

Petro Poroshenko and Leszek Balcerowicz (Unian photo)

Leszek Balcerowicz known for rebuilding his country's economy

Polish reformist Leszek Balcerowicz has joined Ukraine's new government. He has been appointed as a representative of the Ukrainian President in the Cabinet of ministers. Petro Poroshenko has signed the relevant decree on April 22.

"We will not have a team of the President or Prime Minister. We will have one team that will reform the country," claimed Poroshenko.

The Ukrainian President has also appointed Balcerowicz as his advisor and co-chairman of the Group of Strategic Advisors on the Support for Reforms in Ukraine.

"Ukraine's development is much better than it is pictured abroad. I have to show these achievements that are not always noticed by the West", Leszek Balcerowicz said. His future plans are to work with the Western partners to "outline the real situation in Ukraine".

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The Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman also commented on the recent appointment. "It will be a great honor for me to work with Mr. Balcerowicz. I believe the Cabinet of Ministers has the same opinion. I would like to say that the majority of ministers are determined to implement reforms in the country".

Leszek Balcerowicz was the Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in the 90s. He is known for implementing a "shock therapy", the economic reforms in Poland often referred to as the Balcerowicz Plan.

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