Ukraine: Economy grows at fastest pace since Q4 2013 in Q3
November 24, 2016
Ukraine’s crisis-hit economy picked up steam in the third quarter of 2016 as the country recovers from its deep recession. According to a preliminary estimate released by State Statistics Service Ukraine, GDP increased 1.8% over the same period last year, which was an improvement over the mere 1.4% growth recorded in Q2. The result, which marked the fastest pace of growth since Q4 2013, overshot expectations of a 1.4% expansion.
While the economy appears to have firmly embarked on a recovery path after contracting nearly 10% in 2015, the pace of growth is feeble given the stark decline last year. Moreover, political tensions remain high and reform momentum has been slow. The International Monetary Fund visited Ukraine from 3 to 17 November to discuss a third review of the country’s bailout, but ultimately the Fund stated that the government needed more time to implement the agreed measures and postponed a completion of the third review.