Event: ‘Can Private Initiatives by Ukraine’s Business Leaders Help Drive Economic and Political Recovery?’


stTIME: 18:00-19:00, Wednesday 13th July 2016

VENUE: Committee room 5, House of Commons, Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 0AA

SPEAKER: Serhiy Taruta, Independent MP of Verkhovna Rada,Ukraine and Entrepreneur

To attend please RSVP to: rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org


Ukraine’s economy has been in decline since Russia annexed Crimea, in March 2014, and invaded eastern Ukraine. In 2015, its Gross Domestic Product fell by 10%. Since January, when a new free-trade pact between Ukraine and the European Union took effect, the economic situation has been improving, albeit slowly. Ukraine’s future, however, is clouded by uncertainty. In a recent non-binding referendum, nearly two-thirds of voters in the Netherlands urged their government to rescind its support of the Ukraine pact. In Kyiv, meanwhile, President Petro Poroshenko’s government has found it difficult to pass meaningful reforms. In this context, it falls on private initiatives by Ukraine’s business leaders to drive the country’s economic recovery, in the expectation this will also deliver political change. But are they able to do so?

By kind invitation of Stephen Pound MP,  The Henry Jackson Society is please to invite you to an event with Serhiy Taruta, MP of Ukraine and Entrepreneur, who will be discussing the Ukrainian economy and what can be done to drive recovery.

To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org – RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation that will be required to attend the event.

Serhiy Taruta is an Independent MP of Verkhovna Rada and former Governor of Donetsk Oblast. Mr Taruta is the founder of Industrial Union of Donbas, President of FC Metalurh Donetskand the former governor of Donetsk Oblast. He studied at Priazovskiy Derzhavniy Technical University before going on to work at the large Ukrainian metal plant, Azovstal. In the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election Mr Taruta, as an independent candidate, won a single-member district in Mariupol with 60% of the votes. As well as being a successful businessman and politican, Mr Taruta supports several charity programs, ranging from preserving the country’s cultural and historical legacy to assisting orphans.


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