An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission, led by Ron van Rooden, completed its visit to Kyiv, aimed to initiate discussions on the fourth review of the authorities` economic reform program supported under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement.
”The Ukrainian economy continues to recover, with growth expected to exceed 2 percent in 2017,” Mr. van Rooden said in a statement at the conclusion of the visit.
”Fiscal and monetary policies remain on track to meet the 2017 targets. Gross international reserves have increased further to US$17.6 billion, and inflation is projected to fall below 10 percent by the end of the year,” he said.
While the mission sees the near-term outlook positive, ”decisive implementation of structural reforms remains critical to achieve stronger and sustainable growth that Ukraine needs over the medium-term.”
The mission is reported to have held constructive discussions with the Ukrainian authorities on reforms needed to improve productivity, attract investment, and continue to strengthen public finances.
As envisaged under the program, discussions focused on the pending pension and land reform and on measures to speed up the privatization process and ensure concrete results in anticorruption efforts.
”While good progress has been made in building understandings on the key elements of these measures, further technical work is needed in some areas to transform these into draft laws that meet the reform objectives. Securing parliamentary approval of these draft laws will be needed to pave the way for the completion of the fourth review,” said Mr. van Rooden. ”IMF staff, in cooperation with other international partners, will remain closely engaged with the authorities in the coming weeks to advance the reform agenda.”