It’s not often that when I give a talk I sit with my back to the audience. But that’s what happens when I visit the National Academy of Public Administration in Kyiv to address students doing a Master’s degree in public administration. I'm sitting with my back to the audience in Kyiv because I'm addressing a webcam at the front of the class where screens display by video link students in Lviv, Odessa, Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk.

I often talk to students about what Ukraine needs to do to improve the standards of public administration, to stamp out corruption and to create a better investment climate. What’s different here – apart from the format – is that the audience is made up of future public servants: the very people who will be responsible for ensuring that in future the Ukrainian civil service is run to the best possible standards.  After I have spoken, people from all over the country ask questions, including about what reforms should have priority; the rule of e-governance; how the Kharkiv agreement on the Black Sea fleet will affect NATO and EU membership, and what sectors Ukraine should specialise in for maximum economic success.

It’s always good to meet tomorrow’s talent here in Ukraine.  It's all the more so when these are the people who need to engage personally in the tough task of reforming a whole country. I wish them every success and look forward to visiting the Academy again.

Leigh Turner
British Ambassador to Ukraine

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