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Chapter 5: JVI and WTO - Beacons for navigating the waters of transition
5. JVI and WTO – beacons for navigating the waters of transition Valeriy T. Pyatnytskiy1 When Ukraine ﬁrst appeared on the map of Europe in 1991, it was typically referred to as ‘one of the former Soviet Union republics’. Then it was labelled ‘a CIS country’. Only recently has it been recognized as ‘a newly independent country in Eastern Europe’. A similar change in attitudes and values has evolved in the country itself, as has been clearly reﬂected in economic developments, and, most importantly, asserted itself in the hearts and minds of the people of Ukraine. The changing mentality of (ﬁrst and foremost) decision-makers is a signiﬁcant factor of market reform in Ukraine, if not the most signiﬁcant one. And sowing the seeds for such change is basically what training institutions like the Joint Vienna Institute (JVI) – launched in 1992 to provide a forum for the training of oﬃcials from former centrally-planned economies in transition to market-based systems – do for all transition economies. These days Ukraine looks forward to ﬁnally getting involved as a peer in global development processes. In this context, the goal of joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the world trading system governed by the WTO is viewed as an extremely important step in the right direction. What is even more important, WTO accession happens to be a kind of beacon for navigating the waters of transition and thus a major prerequisite for the success of our ongoing internal reforms. No matter what...
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