19 Aug 2009 12:59

Ukrainian govt to bring in IMF experts to develop 2010 state budget - Tymoshenko

KYIV. Aug 19 (Interfax) - The Ukrainian government plans to bring in experts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to develop and analyze the state budget for 2010, said Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko at a government meeting in Kyiv on Wednesday.

"I have addressed the IMF and invited a special mission led by Ceyla Pazarbasioglu to develop a draft budget for 2010 between August 31 and September 4," she said.

She added that the development of the draft budget is progressing according to schedule. The government plans to present it to the Upper Rada on time. "The schedule will not be delayed by a single day," Tymoshenko stressed.

She added that the draft budget is being developed based on macroeconomic forecasts and predictions for the budget deficit, which has been approved by international financial organizations.

The Prime Minister said that she did not see any reasons, other than political, why the 2010 budget would be delayed.