Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman held a meeting
with the International Monetary Fund’s mission on Tuesday. The parties
discussed future joint steps to implement structural reforms in Ukraine and
support economic growth.
The Prime Minister thanked the representatives of the IMF
for the fruitful work.
Volodymyr Groysman stressed that the Government of Ukraine is
resolute to prolong successful reforms in the country and focuses on the agenda
of its action program to be executed in full.
"We understand that the structural reforms vital for the
country prove necessary, first and foremost, for Ukraine, to let us out of the
difficult economic situation that we have occurred in as a result of decades without
reforms", stressed the Head of Government.
Volodymyr Groysman noted that the Ukrainian economy is demonstrating
a growing trend. This growth must be preserved and accelerated, he said.
According to him, the smooth work of the Government and Parliament will ensure further
successful development of the country.
The Prime Minister mentioned that the Government continues
corporatization of state-owned enterprises, is taking measures to de-shadow the
economy and to provide economic boost.
The Head of Ukraine’s Government informed the interlocutors
that the discussions on the draft Budget for 2017 are ongoing in Ukraine. The Government
pays every effort to ensure that the budget process be completed on time and
expects the Parliament to adopt the State budget, stressed Volodymyr Groysman.
In turn, European
Department Deputy Director Athanasios Arvanitis drew attention to the progress that has
been made for a year and half since the beginning of the cooperation program
In particular, he commended the growth of the economy of
Ukraine at the level of 1.8% in third quarter of 2016, inflation at 10-12%,
State budget deficit that does not exceed the planned 3.5%. Also, as compared to
last year there have increased the country's foreign reserves, been restored
confidence in the banking system. "We can see that a positive trend is
observed in all directions if we compare the current situation with that of
last year," said Athanasios Arvanitis.
"I hope that
together we can continue to concentrate on structural reforms and to pursue these
in the future. All our efforts should be directed on actions to make the
economy successful, while achievements – significant," emphasized Athanasios Arvanitis.