IMF postpones financial aid to Ukraine - Bloomberg
The fifth tranche of Ukraine’s bailout by the International Monetary Fund, this one totaling $1.9 billion, will be allocated for Ukraine no earlier than autumn 2017, Bloomberg reports citing Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.
The next transfer of Ukraine’s $17.5 billion international bailout will be delayed until later this year because parliament won’t pass all of the required reforms before its summer recess, Bloomberg wrote.
While a pension overhaul is on schedule and steps are being taken to create an anti-corruption court, a bill on land reform won’t be submitted in time, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman told Bloomberg, adding that the government remains committed to the program.
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The IMF holdup could push back Ukraine’s plans to return to international debt markets, according to Bloomberg.
“Someone says the IMF demands reforms from Ukraine, but I want to underline that we shouldn’t take it as the IMF needing reforms -- Ukraine needs reforms,” he said. “We should implement the IMF program in full. That’s our task.”
“We’re working on the reforms and the fifth tranche will arrive,” said Groysman.