News - 2015.12.08 - Adam Smith 2015 report

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Lord Risby opened the second day of the Ukrainian Investment Summit in London

8 December 2015

The Chairman of the British Ukrainian Society, Lord Risby, opened the second day of the Adam Smith Conferences’ 10th Anniversary Ukrainian Investment Summit held on 7-8 December at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London.

He spoke about the importance of promoting bilateral relations between the two countries, and how the British Ukrainian Society has been contributing to this process with its recent activities. He noted that the BUS has recently launched a two-year series of lectures in the UK Parliament in the spheres of politics and culture run in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ukraine.

Lord Risby urged Ukraine to intensify the reform process and to take advantage of the proposals developed by leading international experts under the umbrella of the Agency for the Modernisation of Ukraine. He also spoke of the immense potential that exists in Ukraine for a private sector reconstruction fund, and how the government needs to step up its anti-corruption efforts and enforce the rule of law to attract investment into the country.

He was critical of Russia for its continued aggression towards Ukraine, but expressed hope that the recently started dialogue between Russia and the West, aimed at resolving the crisis in Syria, might eventually help find a solution to end the conflict in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Investment Summit is the largest Ukraine-focused investment gathering worldwide that brings together major Ukrainian businesses and key government officials to meet with their international counterparts and investors. The discussions at this year’s Summit focused on the Agriculture, Energy, Banking and Finance sectors, with the recent tax reform proposals being among the key subjects of debates.

Please visit the official Ukrainian Investment Summit website for more details: