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Fitch Raises Ukraine Debt Rating
Fitch Raises Ukraine Debt Rating

Fitch Raises Ukraine Debt Rating

Fitch Raises Ukraine Debt Rating

Fitch Ratings upgraded Ukraine’s debt rating to B- from CCC on November 11, citing easing financial pressures following Kyiv’s receipt of loans from the International Monetary Fund, CNBC reported. Fitch said it expects solid growth to return to Ukraine next year, now that the IMF released $1 billion of loans in September after a long delay due to concerns about Kyiv’s implementation of reforms against corruption. “Macroeconomic stability has improved...as reflected by rapidly declining inflation, slower currency depreciation, and a mild growth recovery,” Fitch said. Ukraine suffered a deep recession last year amid its battle against Russia-backed separatists in the country’s east, with its economy contracting by 9.9%. Fitch said it expects growth to accelerate to 2.5% in 2017 and 3% in 2018, from a projected 1.1% this year. Inflation is expected to average 14.9% in 2016, down from 48.5% in 2015, and the central bank is working on implementing an inflation-targeting policy to cut interest rates to 5% by 2019. However, “political risks remain significant,” Fitch said.

 

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