Infrastructure Minister Andrii Pyvovarskyi has decided to resign. Pyvovarskyi announced this at his end-of-year news briefing, the CFTS correspondent reports.
"I am resigning, and I hope that parliamentary deputies will accept my request. This is my own decision. I will not be part of the new government," he said.
"I see my successor as a technocrat with a little more experience in dealing with politicians, but not a member of any party," he added.
According to the minister, his fate is tied to Ukraine and he plans to return to business.
Some members of Pyvovarskyi’s team are leaving the ministry with him. Deputy Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelian, who was present at the news briefing, said he would write his letter of resignation on the day of appointment of a new minister because he is the ministry’s chief of staff. First Deputy Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Shulmeister said he had already written his letter of resignation. "We worked as a team and we are leaving as a team. We were not satisfied with the payment situation," said Shulmeister.
As reported, Pyvovarskyi became Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure on 2 December 2014, when a new government was appointed. Before joining the executive branch of government, Pyvovarskyi held management positions at the Continuum group. Before that, he worked at the Dragon Capital investment company, where he was responsible for investment banking. He was also a financial analyst and business developer at the Kyiv-based Blasig investment group.
Pyvovarskyi was born in Kyiv on 12 June 1978. He holds a Master's degree in history from Kyiv’s Shevchenko National University (2000) and a Masters of International Business and Finance degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, United States (2003).
Before Pyvovarskyi, Maksym Burbak, who is close to Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk, held the post of Infrastructure Minister for almost one year (from the end of February 2014).