Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is confident that the process of setting up an Anti-Corruption Court will have been completed in the first half of this year, the presidential administration's press service has told UNIAN referring to Poroshenko's interview with Germany's Focus where he spoke of the country's cooperation with the International Monetary Fund.

"We strive to accelerate the process of formation of the Anticorruption court. I am convinced that we will do this in the first half of the year, perhaps in May. And then we will receive the next tranche," the president said.

Petro Poroshenko noted that along with the position on the need to further strengthen the fight against corruption, the IMF underlined a significant economic growth of Ukraine and the implementation of reforms in our country.

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"I am proud that we managed to improve the investment climate. In four years we have reached more than in the previous 25 years," he said, noting that this is the assessment of not only the IMF, but also the World Bank.

“In the Doing Business, we have raised from the 135th position in 2013 to the 76th. Economic growth this year will obviously increase by 3.5%. Show me another country that has managed to achieve that in war conditions," the Head of State emphasized.

As UNIAN reported, in March 2015, the IMF approved a four-year Extended Fund Facility program amounting to $17.5 billion. Within its framework, the country received from the Fund four tranches totaling $8.7 billion.

The program expires in March 2019.

Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk in April said Ukraine had not completed two prior actions, including passing the law on creation of anti-corruption court and introducing the mechanism of automatic adjustment of gas tariffs to the market level.

On March 1, 2018, the Verkhovna Rada adopted in the first reading Bill "On the High Anti-Corruption Court" (No. 7440), introduced by the president.

The EU also links further allocation of macrofinancial assistance to Ukraine with the creation of the High Anti-Corruption Court.