Speaking at the Cabinet's regular Wednesday meeting, Azarov commented on the consultations between the National Bank and the IMF mission that finished in Kyiv the day before and said, "In general, I appraise the consultations with a good deal of optimism. I think a compromise is possible and we are equally interested in it. We have always regarded cooperation with the IMF as an important component of our economic policy, especially now, a few weeks ahead of the planned signing of the association agreement with the EU. We repay the previous IMF loans on time, and we are ready for further cooperation," Azarov said.
IMF mission head Nikolai Georgiev said during the consultations on Tuesday that the main objectives of cooperation with Ukraine remained unchanged: to formulate and implement a set of economic measures that would enable Ukraine to solve its major economic problems and give it an impetus for economic growth. During the visit to Kyiv from the 17th to 29th of October, members of the IMF mission met with government central bank officials to discuss the basic parameters of Ukraine's budget for next year. The IMF mission is expected to issue an official summary statement later this week. The Prime Minister said at the Cabinet's meeting that Ukraine should regain the trust of investors. "I want all heads of central and local government agencies to realize that we have a huge but still untapped resource for economic development – the trust of investors. If you gain their trust, the country will gain economic progress," Azarov said. He called for further deregulation and more favourable environments for investment, primarily effective protection of property rights, transparent taxation, customs, and licensing procedures, and equal access to bank loans.