IMF insists on anti-corruption court, market gas prices for resuming financing of Ukraine
The adoption of the bill on the anti-corruption court and bringing the gas prices to the market level are the key conditions for the completion of the fourth review of the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Ukraine and the allocation of the new tranche, Resident Representative of the IMF in Ukraine Goesta Ljungman has said.
Commenting on the state of cooperation with the IMF at the EBA Global Outlook 2018: Think Beyond. Stay Ahead meeting organized by the European Business Association (EBA) in Kyiv on Thursday, he said that the goal for the introduction of market prices on the gas market is to avoid artificial segmenting of the market separately for households and for industry.
He said that there are concrete conditions and they are to be met. These are achievable goals and the IMF hopes that they would be met soon, Ljungman said.
Among other tasks is retaining of inflation, the flexible exchange rate for supporting competitiveness of the Ukrainian economy. He appraised the increase of the refinancing rate by the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU).
Ljungman said that Ukraine's forex reserves grew by $$6.5 billion, to $19 billion, although they should be boosted more, to $30 billion to protect the country from external shocks.
He also called to stick to growth of labor efficiency in the salary increase policy, as extra increase in salaries would harm stable growth.