Ukraine and IMF agreed on new program
Ukraine and International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed on new Stand-By arrangement.
It was reported by the IMF press service.
"The International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff and the Ukrainian authorities have reached agreement on economic policies for a new 14-month Stand-By Arrangement (SBA). The new SBA will replace the arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF), approved in March 2015 and set to expire in March 2019," the release reads. It's noted that new SBA, with a requested access of USD 3.9 billion, will provide an anchor for the authorities’ economic policies during 2019.
It will focus in particular on continuing with fiscal consolidation and reducing inflation, as well as reforms to strengthen tax administration, the financial sector and the energy sector. The reached agreement reflects the IMF’s commitment to continue to help Ukraine achieve stronger, sustainable, and inclusive economic growth.
The new program has been developed in close coordination with the World Bank and the European Union, who have parallel operations to support Ukraine.
The agreement is subject to approval by the IMF Executive Board.
Board consideration is expected later in the year following parliamentary approval of a government budget for 2019 consistent with IMF staff recommendations and an increase in household gas and heating tariffs to reflect market developments while continuing to protect low-income households.
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