Oleksandr Turchynov: The NSDC of Ukraine will decide on liberalization of foreign economic activity for domestic arms manufacturers in the nearest time
The National Security and
Defense Council of Ukraine plans to decide on liberalization of foreign
economic activity for domestic arms manufacturers in the nearest time. This was
stated by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine
Oleksandr Turchynov in his speech at the IX National Expert Forum in Kyiv.
The NSDC Secretary reported
that the share of private sector in the total volume of arms production is
constantly increasing, and now "over 50% of the State defense order is executed
by private companies".
"The NSDC is preparing a
decision on liberalization of foreign economic activity in the nearest time. It
provides for permission to all manufacturers of military equipment and weapons,
whether they belong to the public sector or private, to directly export their
products without the mediation of state specialized companies. We will allow
the import of military products for the needs of manufacturers of military equipment
and weapons, as well as the import for non-state enterprises that have direct
dealerships with foreign arms producers", - he said. - We remove all
restrictions on direct contracts for our power ministries on the procurement of
weapons abroad when the domestic producer cannot meet these needs".
"This is a major step that
will significantly strengthen our defense capability and give a powerful
impetus to the development of the defense industry", - Mr. Turchynov noted.
"Liberalization is an important trend for the development of the defense
industry. However, liberalization of foreign economic activity does not imply a
reduction of strict export control and compliance of our actions with all
international agreements signed by Ukraine", - he underscored.
"We are also ready to initiate
before the Parliament the lifting of restrictions on privatization and
attraction of investments to our state defense enterprises, and we are
interested that our strategic partners-NATO members become our primary
investors", - Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine summarized.