Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov is convinced that it will be possible to ensure GDP growth of 3% in 2013.

"I believe that in 2013 we will be able to ensure GDP growth of 3%," Azarov said during the meeting with the head of the IMF European Department, Christopher Jarvis, Ukrinform reports.

According to him, economic growth will be achieved, in particular, given the forecasts of experts. In addition, in the fourth quarter of 2012 the global markets showed a rise in the prices for steel products, the Prime Minister added.

He also noted that now the government is already finalizing the program to stimulate domestic production, which should compensate for the economic slowdown in 2012. Azarov informed Jarvis about the measures taken by the government to support economic growth and improve the trade balance of Ukraine, as well as to improve the financial situation of Naftogaz. He noted that Ukraine maintains the acceptable parameters of the state budget deficit, and the monetary policy of the NBU meets the arrangements under the stand-by program with the IMF.

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