Ukraine cannot delay raising effective pension age - IMF

22:00, 03 April 2017
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Ukraine cannot afford to delay comprehensive pension reform much longer, including by raising the effective retirement age, the IMF said in a press release following a Monday meeting of the Executive Board on the Ukrainian issue.

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"Notwithstanding the large fiscal adjustment, public debt remains high. The urgency of structural fiscal reforms to ensure medium-term sustainability has increased, as pressures to raise wages and pensions are building," the press release reads, referring to First Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair David Lipton.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine’s key creditor, the International Monetary Fund, on April 3 completed its third review of the Extended Fund Facility and approved the fourth loan disbursement worth $1 billion.

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