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VENUE: Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
Natalie A. Jaresko
Former Minister of Finance, Ukraine
Ukraine today is beginning to emerge, battle-scarred, from years of war and recession. It was badly hit by the 2008 credit crunch, and is only now showing signs of recovery. In 2015, the government negotiated the largest IMF programme in the institution’s history and cut the deficit by more than 75% to 2.1% of GDP. As a result, the Ukrainian economy is seeing its first signs of recovery, and is witnessing a stabilisation of the domestic currency, reduced inflation and the first growth in industrial production in 42 months. But there is still much to be done, and many reforms that need to be made.
By kind invitation of Lord Risby, The Henry Jackson Society and The Ukrainian Institute, London, are delighted to invite you to an event with Natalie A. Jaresko, former Finance Minister for Ukraine. Natalie was a reformist force in the government so is uniquely placed to offer her overview of Ukraine’s current economic and political situation, as well as the business and investment climate. She will also share her insights into what are the key impediments to implementing long overdue reforms.
Natalie A. Jaresko entered public office in the United States State Department in 1989 before working in the American Embassy inUkraine. During this time she was responsible for building a new economic relationship between the United States and a newly independent Ukraine. She went on to become Ukraine’s Finance Minister in 2014, and served at a particularly critical moment during which the post-revolutionary state was rocked with both war and recession. Her tenure saw great success. As a reward for her contributions to Ukraine, Natalie has been twice awarded the Order of Princess Olha by the Presidents of Ukraine in 2003 and in 2016. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute Kyiv, is a Senior Fellow at Atlantic Council, and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Financial and Monetary Systems.