The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has confirmed the first review of stand-by credit program has been put on agenda of its Executive Board meeting on August 29.
According to the IMF Web site, in addition to first review of the program the directors will also discuss requests for changing performance criteria and a schedule of credit tranches. As reported, the IMF Executive Board on April 30 approved a two-year SBA worth SDR 10.976 billion (about $17.01 billion) for Ukraine. Early in May, the IMF transferred the first tranche worth SDR 2.058 billion (about $3.2 billion), with SDR 1.29 billion (about $2 billion) allocated to the Ukrainian government for budget support. The second-fourth disbursements scheduled for July 25, September 25 and December 15, 2014, respectively, will total SDR 914.7 million each, while the fifth-eighth quarterly disbursements of 2015 will amount to SDR 1.372 billion each. The ninth disbursement of SDR 686 million will be provided in mid-March 2016 if the terms and conditions stipulated in the program are observed. The IMF mission arrived in Ukraine for the first review of the program on June 24 and worked until July 18. As part of the first review the sides discussed the adjustment of the macroeconomic forecast and the state budget for 2014, including due to the unstable situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. In case of a positive decision of the Executive Board, Ukraine will receive the second tranche of a loan worth about $1.4 billion.