I am glad
to have a pleasant occasion to address the readers of
Welcome to Ukraine Magazine which is published in
This issue of the Welcome to Ukraine Magazine is devoted
to the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. This
event which will be held in the ancient city of Kyiv for
the first time is looked upon by us as the recognition of
an economic and political importance of Ukraine and of
its prospects for the future on the threshold of the 21st
Our country values its partnership with the EBRD and will
do its best to create the most favourable conditions for
conducting this annual meeting. It is a good chance to
acquaint the world community with the development in the
land of Ukraine of market-oriented economic relations and
formation of a democratic society based on law.
This year Ukraine will celebrate the seventh anniversary
of its independence. You will see on the pages of this
well-illustrated magazine how rich Ukraine is in uniquely
picturesque landscapes, historical landmarks and what a
powerful potential it has.
And our main asset is our peoplee, their warm-hearted,
hospitable attitudes and their industriousness.
I would like to wish the participants of the annual EBRD
Meeting fruitful work and pleasant impressions and the
editorial staff of the magazine success in their creative
work, and the readers peace and happiness.