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Oleksandr Klymenko

Former Minister of Revenue and Duties of Ukraine


Demonstrating strong fiscal leadership as Minister of Revenues and Duties of Ukraine, Oleksandr Klymenko spearheaded far-reaching tax reforms and achievements for the benefit of all Ukrainian citizens which included: instituting a more service-oriented tax system; dramatically upgrading Ukraine’s World Bank Paying Tax Report through modernization, reforms and adherence to international anti-corruption codes; attracting foreign investors by creating the Ministerial Investment Council to advance entrepreneurship and globally promote Ukrainian businesses; guiding Ukraine into becoming the 121st member of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, a move which solidified Ukraine’s standing as an investment partner of the European Union and other Western countries.

1. Young Technocrat

Now 33 years of age, Oleksandr Klymenko’s doctoral thesis centered on reforms in the tax and customs spheres...

2. Engaged Children in Responsible Citizenship

At Oleksandr Klymenko’s initiative in 2011, an animated cartoon series, “City of Dreams,” was produced...

3. Shifted Tax System toward a Service Orientation

  • In order to shift the tax system from a purely fiscal body to one with a service orientation, Oleksandr Klymenko opened over 500 taxpayer service centers throughout Ukraine.
  • 4. Protected Small Businesses

    To allow people a clean slate from the past – provided they abided by the rules going forward – in 2011 Oleksandr Klymenko extended a moratorium on the audits of all small businesses in Ukraine...

    5. Upgraded Ukraine’s World Bank Position

    By 2013, through modernization, reforms and adherence to international anti-corruption codes, Oleksandr Klymenko had succeeded in dramatically upgrading Ukraine’s standing in the World Bank’s Paying Tax Report by 18 points...

    6. Battled Corruption

  • Oleksandr Klymenko introduced innovative technologies into the tax system such as the “Accredited Key Certification Center”...

  • 7. Attracted Foreign Investors

    To advance entrepreneurship, promote international contact with Ukrainian businesses and attract foreign investment in Ukraine, Oleksandr Klymenko created the Ministerial Investment Council...

    8. Strived to Bridge Gaps between the EU and Russia

    During his time in government, Oleksandr Klymenko worked hard to position Ukraine as a bridge of understanding and economic cooperation between Russia and the European Union.

    9. Moved Ukraine toward Integration with Europe

    In June 2013, Oleksandr Klymenko outlined in detail his “Action Plan for the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU”...

    10. Solidified Ukraine’s Partnership with EU

    • Oleksandr Klymenko’s EU push continued in October 2013...

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