Ukraine Cabinet to Submit Pension Law by Dec. 10 for IMF Loan

Ukraine’s government will submit changes to the pension law to parliament by Dec. 10, a step toward unlocking a $1.6 billion tranche of its International Monetary Fund loan, Deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Tigipko said.

Approval of the amended legislation “isn’t going to be easy,” Tigipko told reporters today in Kiev. “There is enough time to discuss it,” he said, adding that the IMF hasn’t set a deadline for final approval of the changes.

Ukraine turned to the Washington-based lender in July for a $15.2 billion loan to help its economy recover from a recession. An IMF mission to Kiev on Nov. 16 endorsed the government’s progress in meeting terms of the credit.

Ukraine needs to start a pension overhaul and eliminate arrears in payments by consumers for utility services, including natural gas, to qualify for the disbursement of the tranche, Tigipko said on Nov. 29.

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