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Paskhaver: The tariffs will increase irrespective of the IMF grants

The economic expert and President of the Centre for Economic Development Alexander Paskhaver considers that the IMF loan granted to Ukraine will help remove uncertainty and will slightly stabilize the economic situation.

Paskhaver considers that the IMF cannot be accused of the weakness of the Ukrainian state
Paskhaver considers that the IMF cannot be accused of the weakness of the Ukrainian state
Photo: Radio Svoboda / Andriy Dubchak

The main condition for granting an IMF loan is confidence that Ukraine will be able to return this money. The economic expert and President of the Centre for Economic Development Alexander Paskhaver said it in the comment to the GORDON .

"In addition to the fact that people grew poorer, the main thing is that we are living in absolute uncertainty. This money will partially relieve this uncertainty and slightly stabilize the economic situation in terms of hryvnia fluctuations. It is what must happen in the nearest future," Paskhaver noted.

"The tariffs will grow irrespective of this money. The IMF only demands that there should be confidence that we will be able to pay back their loans. And it means that we should balance our costs and revenues. The IMF points out the weak spots where we spend the most money. It depends on the government how we will solve these problems. It is very easy for the citizens to accuse the International Monetary Fund that we are a weak and poorly-controlled state. But is is a real fact – we are a weak and poorly-controlled state, therefore our revenues are much lower than our expenses," the expert thinks.

In Paskhaver’s opinion, war affects the worsening of the Ukrainian economic situation.

"The war added up to this, and it is not related to these problems in any way. When the citizens complain that the prices will go up, they must think of two things: firstly, that we are in a very tough situation because of war, secondly, that the government failed to find any other ways to balance costs and revenues," Paskhaver pointed out.

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