The Ukrainian Presidential Secretariat forecasts a recession of the Ukrainian gross domestic product (GDP) at 8-10% in 2009.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, top deputy President’s Chief of Staff Oleksander Shlapak said this to a press conference on Monday.

According to him, a consensus-forecast has been announced lately, in line with which, the most optimistic forecast of the GDP dynamics belonged to the Economics Ministry of Ukraine, which forecasted a recession at 3%.

At the same time, O.Shlapak stressed that a number of scientific institutions and experts forecasted a GDP recession in 2009 at 15-17%.