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Ukraine’s economy is steadily recovering now. During H1, GDP grew 2.4% y/y, twice as fast as forecast.

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Parliament finally voted in the long-awaited pension reform, in early October. The law increases effective retirement age (higher requirement of years in service before being vested in a pension), leaving the headline pension age unchanged at age 60.

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Volodymyr Dubrovsky, CASE Ukraine`s senior economist, said in an interview to ‘Holos Stolitsy’ radio station that this step would result in less use of a private car.

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Volodymyr Dubrovsky, CASE Ukraine`s senior economist, commented to ‘Hromadske Radio’ outlet on a statement by the Finance Minister that state companies are planned to be sold without State Property Fund`s supervision.

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Moody’s raises the credit rating of Ukraine. The decision, which will increase opportunities for attracting loans using Eurobonds.

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Volodymyr Dubrovsky, CASE Ukraine`s senior economist, shared with Deutsche Welle his assessments of Petro Poroshenko`s desire to create a Financial Investigation Service (SFR). In the beginning of September, the Minister of Finance of Ukraine Oleksandr Danyliuk also said that there is an agreement with the United States and Italy to provide technical support and training for new employees.

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The Cabinet of Ministers brought in the bills on medical and pension reforms to the Verkhovna Rada (both considered in the first reading and even voted).

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CASE Ukraine`s Executive Director Dmytro Boyarchuk commented to ‘Radio Donbass. Realii’ outlet on the positive trends in the growth of Donbass region industry.

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In Ukraine, three branches have become the drivers of development – passenger air transportation, construction, and gas transit. For seven months this year, they added from 16% to 42% compared with the same period in 2016. However, their impetus is not so strong for the country to move to the sustainable development.

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The economy is performing far better than expected. Derzhstat, the statistics agency, reported a 2.4% y/y GDP increase in Q2, twice faster than we initially projected.

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