The Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s English-language newspaper, held the third annual Tiger Conference on Nov. 19, 2014 at the Hilton Hotel in Kyiv. This year’s topic of the conference was "Ukraine: One Year After The EuroMaidan Revolution".
A number of highly relevant issues were raised during the four discussion panels:
The experts agreed on the need for a far-reaching reform of Ukraine’s defense sector. Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine himself confirmed that “We need to undertake a number of critical reforms”, otherwise risking to lose political trust and financial support.
Besides recognizing the need for development of a comprehensive communication strategy, Macon Phillips, coordinator for the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Information Program stated that “the most effective way to counter the information war here in Ukraine is for Ukraine to succeed”.
Regarding the emerging opportunities for the country’s exports as a result of the DCFTA implementation, Jean-Jacque Herve, Board Member of Credit Agricole noted that “Ukraine has fantastic potential in agriculture, able to make a margin without any subsidy”. Nicholas Burge, Chief trade officer of the European Commission’s delegation to Ukraine shared a positive long-term perspective on the elimination of tariffs between Ukraine and the EU: “Market access is going to open up; this will be beneficial for all exporters”.
Overall, the conference gathered more than 300 participants and guests from Ukraine and abroad, among them diplomats, state authorities, business leaders, as well as economic and legal consultants, energy and military experts. The event was widely covered by both domestic and international media.
See Kyiv Post coverage of the event:
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