Presidential candidate from the OPPOSITION BLOC Oleksandr Vilkul visited the defense enterprise Kharkiv Machine-Building Plant “FED”.
“I stand for non-aligned status. However, in Ukraine, we will create a strong professional army, equipped with the latest military technology. We will give orders to the Ukrainian military-industrial complex. We will support domestic engineering, domestic high-tech, high-tech industries. We will create high-wage jobs here. We will not buy junk around the world. We ourselves will export, and we will receive the currency for the high-tech products that we will produce in Ukraine, rather than send currency abroad, but,” Oleksandr Vilkul said during a meeting with the workers of the “FED” Kharkiv Plant.
He noted that he openly opposes the government’s plans to buy weapons abroad for huge money from the state budget. “It is necessary to raise the level of the domestic military industrial complex, to provide work and wages for Ukrainian workers and scientists, and not to do all this for foreigners. Moreover, the skill level of our machine builders allows us to make high-quality modern military equipment and successfully sell it abroad. ”
According to the oppositionist, in the last decades in the world, machine building has been the “locomotive” of economic growth, and the technical condition of other spheres of the economy, and therefore the well-being of the population, depends on it. On average, one job in engineering provides 8-10 jobs in related industries. In particular, at the beginning of the 2010s, machine building accounted for more than 50% of industry in Germany and Japan, more than 50% of the industry accounted for machine-building, in China - more than 30%. In Ukraine, from 2013, the share of engineering in the industrial structure decreased from 8.6% to 6.4%.
“The lack of professionalism of the authorities destroys engineering as a “locomotive” of the country’s industrial development. Ukraine is turning into a cemetery of factories, a backward agrarian country with poor people,” Vilkul said.
After 2014, mechanical engineering in Ukraine has been experiencing a crisis, including with the halt of production modernization programs and the massive departure of skilled workers to earn money abroad.
“Our company operates in the field of aviation. Over the past three years, no aircraft has been produced in Ukraine. What can we talk about? Today, foreign markets, excluding the traditional market of the Russian Federation, are our main sources of income. Unfortunately, the domestic market has fallen very much. Therefore, new markets that we have opened for ourselves – these are the markets of South Korea, France, Europe, the Czech Republic, Canada – allow us to stand steadily economically today,” Victor Popov, chairman of the board of the “FED” Plant.
Oleksandr Vilkul is a man to go from working specialties to one of the state leaders. As a representative of industry, he, like no one, knows the problems of manufacturers.
To overcome the crisis in the industry, Vilkul developed and submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a package of draft laws “New Industrialization”. The purpose of these proposals is the restoration of industry, primarily high-tech, and the economic development of the country. However, the authorities block these initiatives.
Among the draft laws submitted to the Verkhovna Rada:
No.2195а - On Amendments to the Customs Code of Ukraine;
No. 2557a - On the Ukrainian State Development Bank;
No. 6201 - On Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine;
No. 6338 - On Some Issues of Writing off and Restructuring the Debt of Enterprises of the Aircraft Manufacturing Industry, the Shipbuilding Industry and the Space Industry in front of Budgets and Social Funds and Ensuring their Financial Recovery;
No. 9472 - On the Moratorium on Inspections of Businessmen by Regulatory Authorities;
No. 4279 - On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On Employment” and others.