The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is ready to change the terms of its loan program with Ukraine taking into account the higher deficit of the state budget if Ukraine receives additional funds, the head of the IMF mission in Ukraine, Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, said. 

She said that the Ukrainian authorities should assess budget revenues more realistically and get additional financing, for example, from the World Bank, according to UKRINFORM

Pazarbasioglu said that the IMF is ready to envisage a higher deficit of the state budget in its loan program with Ukraine than the deficit expected at 1% of GDP in case Ukraine gets additional funds. 

Ukrainian Vice Premier for European Integration Hryhoriy Nemyria said earlier that Ukraine has a higher probability of obtaining loans not only from the IMF, but also from the World Bank. 

On February 27, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn, National Bank of Ukraine Governor Volodymyr Stelmakh, and Regions Party MP Mykola Azarov agreed to set up a working group to draft a joint position to resume cooperation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

In November 2008, the IMF approved the allocation of a USD 16.43 billion stabilization loan to Ukraine to strengthen confidence in the financial sector and bail out the national economy hit by the global financial crisis. In November 2008, Ukraine received UAH 4.5 billion worth of first tranche from the IMF. The allocation of the second tranche has been suspended.


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