REUTERS Acting Finance Minister of Ukraine Oksana Markarova says the ministry expects that Ukraine&#39;s GDP will grow by 3.5% in 2018, while the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade projects a 3.2% GDP growth. "You know that our economy has been growing for the second consecutive year. Last year it [GDP growth] was 2.5%, this year we expect 3.5%," she said at a press conference on Thursday, July 12. Read alsoEconomic ministry improves forecast of Ukraine&#39;s GDP growth in 2018 According to the official, this is not enough for the country&#39;s development, as the most effective tool is foreign direct investment. She expressed hope that the situation would radically change in 2018, including due to a new campaign to sell state assets. As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine&#39;s Cabinet on July 11 approved the Economic Development and Trade Ministry&#39;s forecast for GDP growth in 2018 at 3.2%.