Real GDP growth in 2013 is expected to reach at least 4.5%, deputy finance minister Serhiy Rybak said during the discussion of the main provisions of the draft state budget 2013.

According to him, the main indicators of the state budget 2013 reflect the priorities of fiscal policy, as well as current trends and forecasts for the world economy and the economy of Ukraine.

In particular, the income part of the budget 2013 has been developed based on the tax and other laws in terms of reduction in income tax rate from 21% in 2012 to 19% in 2013; tax holidays for newly created and small enterprises; reduction in the number of state taxes and fees by combining rent for hydrocarbon production and fee for subsoil use.

Also, according to Rybak, the next year it is planned to reduce the public sector deficit in the framework of the "Rich society, competitive economy, effective state" economic reform program for 2010-2014. "Real GDP growth in 2013 is expected to reach at least 4.5%," he said.

In addition, Rybak said that the policy of raising social standards, social payments and benefits will be continued in 2013.

"So, the minimum wage, the salary of workers of the category I under the Unified tariff, the childbirth aid will increase in the next year," Rybak said.

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