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You're reading: Irina Paliashvili: How to move forward in this transitional time

 The cascading events of this passing year have put off balance all of us, and undermined any trust in the professional community of experts, the majority of whom could not be more wrong in their analysis. Nobody really knows what the future holds, and the voices of common sense drown in the deafening cacophony of opinions. How we in Ukraine should react to this new global uncertainty? First of all, we need to cool down and invoke common sense, realistically judge the actual situation inside our country and in the world, and react to challenges of the moment, while holding on to already achieved progress, and to our long-term goals.

Internally we should avoid extremes and look for the balanced view. It is a fact that our macroeconomic indicators are steadily improving, and it is clear that these improvements are transforming into real economy. It is a fact that many reforms, which seemed entirely out of reach even four years ago, have been successfully carried out.

Georgia, under President Saakashvili, was able to change the old post-Soviet, post-colonial system and to modernize quickly and efficiently – what our former Minister of Economy Aivaras Abromavičius called the icebreaker effect. Although in Ukraine the people were ready for that, this effect was not achieved because of the organized resistance of the broader political class, including ruling parties, the Mickey Mouse opposition, oligarchs, judiciary, bureaucracy and law enforcement.

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