Zelenskyy to reduce waste and corruption in his request for financial support

In a bid to win international trust and funding by cutting government waste and corruption, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy plans to nearly halve the number of ministers in his cabinet, from 20 to 12, Bloomberg reported over the weekend.

Zelenskyy’s plan would also make significant changes to his Foreign Ministry, with the aim of Ukraine’s potential integration into the European Union.

Already on Saturday, the Ukrainian president released his ambassadors to the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Norway and India, declaring in a video address, “This rotation is a normal part of diplomatic practice.” He added that there will also be “important news” from government officials in the coming week.

Zelenskyy’s measures follow last week’s Lugano Declaration, a document detailing Ukraine’s post-war reconstruction signed by nations that also urged Kyiv to boost government transparency and drastically reduce the corruption, The hill reported.

Ukraine’s president also announced the Lugano stimulus package last week, in which he calls for some $750 billion in aid from democratic allies around the world to help with the effort, according to Bloomberg.

His plan would use the massive influx of cash to repair and improve infrastructure, such as water and gas, while funding the reconstruction of hospitals, schools and homes that were damaged or destroyed during the invasion. Russian.

Last year, Ukraine was ranked 122nd out of 180 countries on the perceptions of corruption index released by anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International, according to Bloomberg.

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