Ukraine, IMF agree on new stand-by arrangement

Ukraine, IMF agree on new stand-by arrangement

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Ukrainian authorities have agreed on the introduction of a new Stand-By Arrangement for the Ukrainian economy instead of the arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF), which is due to expire next March.

"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 IMF said in a statement on Friday evening.

According to the IMF, the new SBA, with a requested access of SDR 2.8 billion (equivalent to US$3.9 billion), will provide an anchor for the authorities' economic policies during 2019. Building on progress made under the EFF arrangement in reducing macro-economic vulnerabilities, 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 agreement reached today reflects the IMF's commitment to continue to help Ukraine achieve stronger, sustainable, and inclusive economic growth," the IMF said. 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 Ukrainian authorities' steadfast and effective implementation will be critical for the program to achieve its objectives.

The agreement is subject to IMF management approval and 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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