REUTERS The National Bank of Ukraine estimated Ukraine&#39;s real GDP growth in 2019 at 3.3%, that&#39;s according to NBU governor Yakiv Smolii. "We expect GDP growth in 2019 to be at 3.3%," he told reporters Thursday. Deputy NBU chief Dmytro Solohub further explained that the estimate was based on a 2.2% GDP growth rate in the fourth quarter of last year. At the same time, he noted that in the first quarter of this year, economic growth would accelerate. Read alsoCentral bank expects foreign reserves at over $29 billion by year-end "This year we expect a slight acceleration of our economy. Regarding the first quarter, our current estimate is GDP growth above 3%," he said. As UNIAN reported earlier, the National Bank retained its forecast for real GDP growth in Ukraine in 2020 at 3.5%. The growth of real GDP of Ukraine in the third quarter of 2019 amounted to 4.1% in annual terms. The expected growth rate for 2019 as a whole at about 3.5% will be the highest over the past eight years. According to recent forecasts, the International Monetary Fund expects economic growth in Ukraine in 2020 at 3%, and the World Bank – at 3.7%. The Ukrainian government predicts an increase in real GDP of Ukraine this year at 3.7%, but intends to revise its forecasts.