Archive 2015

  • The year 2014 in review


    22.01.2015_review_l2014 was the most difficult year for Ukrainian economy in the XXI century. Ukraine faced economic crisis and military conflict in the East, while Russia annexed Crimea. Real GDP is estimated to decline by near 7% in 2014 due to a drop in domestic demand and weak external demand. High economic and political uncertainty resulted in low domestic and foreign investments. Private sector was not able to refinance its debts, which pushed financial account balance into deficit. The Government faced large liquidity gap as assistance from the IMF, the EU and other official donors was mostly used to repay previous debts including to Gazprom. As a result, fiscal expenditures were largely under-financed. At the same time, the authorities (during the year Ukraine received new President, new Government and new Parliament) were slow in implementing reforms in 2014. Still, the Association Agreement with the EU became partly effective in November 2014, defining Ukraine’s commitments on future reforms.

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