Kudos for the exceptional piece by Christopher Deliso in his "REVOLUTION INDUSTRY, PHASE 2: UKRAINE'S SUMMER OF DISCONTENT".

Although Mr. Deliso, by his own admission, was silent for the past 10 months, his commentaries are probably more important now than they were when the euphoria of the revolution veiled what was still to come when the dust settled.

Mr. Deliso's analysis again confirms the dire need for Western consulting support in Ukraine's move toward a true market economy.  The actions and policies of both the President and the Prime Minister, although dialectically opposed in form, confirm that they still have the Soviet era mentality which must be tempered with Western style market economic experience before true reform as mandated by the people's Orange Revolution takes hold.

Neither Prime Minister's Tymoshenko's autocratic and "central-government-style" policies and decrees nor President Yushchenko's laissez-faire approach toward his family's and friends' transgressions will win the hearts and support of the populace once gasoline prices reach astronomical proportions and the cold of the winter season sets in.  It is quite evident that something needs to be done to stimulate the economy and to kick-start the businesses that are still waiting on the sidelines.

The recent establishment of the "Ukrainian Center for Facilitating Foreign Investments" is a step in the right direction but considering most of the members composing this group it seems hardly enough to provide the type of "outside" and objective overview of what is required to bring a critical and constructive approach to the problems that exist.  Members that are already working in Ukraine or that can have a direct impact from the Center's recommendations would be hard pressed to give an objective imprimatur to matters that can affect their position.

Ukraine's economic policies require some serious revamping particularly in the areas of privatization (and perhaps re-nationalization), re-emerging cronyism and nepotism, taxation, free-market economics, and dealing with the oligarchs and criminals of the previous era. These issues need to be addressed quickly, effectively, with firm determination, and a unified/uniform strategy.  Accomplishing this with the present day managerial structure will be very hard to do.

Ukraine's government should therefore take a hard look at Poland's evidently effective strategy of inviting and utilizing its Polish Diaspora to assist in implementing its internal policies based on the Diaspora's experiences and western education.  If Ukraine is indeed serious about joining the EU, it should take examples and guidance from countries that have already achieved this goal.

Best Regards,
Walter Prochorenko, PhD.
Paramus, New Jersey
Walter Prochorenko is a businessman who spent over 8 years in Ukraine in private enterprise which included consulting, real estate development, business appraisals for banking interests, and construction. He has just finished a doctorate in International Business with his main area of research: business in Ukraine.

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