The IMF loan, promised previously, was expected this year. However, the National Bank of Ukraine made an official statement that the next IMF loan tranche is assumed the next year.
The World Bank unveiled the next Doing Business-2018 rating. Ukraine took 76th place in it, having improved last year’s result on four positions. CASE Ukraine`s executive director Dmytro Boyarchuk evaluates this news in the comments to ‘Liga. Biznes’ website.
Volodymyr Dubrovsky, CASE Ukraine Center for Socioeconomic Research senior economist, comments to ‘Radio Svoboda’ media outlet: rating may not fully reflect the state of affairs. The expert remains skeptical of possible investments, as many investors now observe not the ratings, but the reputation of the country in the world.
As the government’s is reluctant to raise the price of gas for the residents, cooperation with the IMF would be negatively affected. The Fund demanded these changes, CASE Ukraine`s Executive Director Dmytro Boyarchuk said in the comments of ‘Radio Svoboda’.
Medical reform implies that a person will be able to receive a certain part of the guaranteed medical services, and this part will be clearly stated in the law. No one will be able to say ‘No!’ to the patient, CASE Ukraine`s Executive Director Dmytro Boyarchuk wrote in a ‘Novoye Vremia’ column.
Does one need to pay pensions to inhabitants of the occupied territories? Minister of Social Policy Andriy Reva said that the legislation does not provide for recalculating Separate regions of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts (SRDLO) residents` pensions.
Investment banker Serhiy Fursa accused Ukrainians of not desiring to pay taxes. In his opinion, it is the middle class, which does not want to pay it. CASE Ukraine`s senior economist Volodymyr Dubrovsky denied this statement.
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.
CASE Ukraine`s senior economist Volodymyr Dubrovsky explained the capital transfer tax myths to the ‘Novoye Vremia’ media outlet.
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.