Fitch Ratings has affirmed Ukraine’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at ‘B’ with a stable outlook, the agency said on its website.
Ukraine intends to increase the inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) by 2025 to $15 billion per year, while at the end of 2020 their outflow amounted to $420 million, and in 2021 the National Bank predicts a recovery in FDI inflows at the level of $3 billion.
Ukraine in 2020 climbed from 80th to 63rd place in the Social Progress Index among 163 countries with score of 73.38 points versus 66.97 in 2019, according to the index data.
The Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine estimates the drop in GDP in January 2021 at 2.6-2.8%, according to the January review of economic activity in the country posted on its website.
The total public debt of Ukraine in February 2021 increased by 0.74% in U.S. dollars, to $ 91.41 billion and decreased by 0.21% in hryvnias, to UAH 2.552 trillion, according to data on the website of the Ministry of Finance. The ministry said the total national debt decreased in hryvnia equivalent by UAH 5.28 billion, mainly due to a reduction in guaranteed debt.
The Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture maintains its forecast for the growth of Ukraine’s GDP in 2021 at 4.6%, Minister Ihor Petrashko, has said, commenting on a statement by Deputy Head of the Office of the President Yulia Svyrydenko about the expected GDP growth of 5.1% in 2021.
The deficit of Ukraine’s foreign trade in goods in February 2021 fell by 47.5%, to $0.32 billion, while the deficit of foreign trade in January-February 2021 slightly grew – by 5.9%, to $0.6 billion
The growth of consumer prices in Ukraine in February 2021 accelerated year-over-year to 7.5% from 6.1% in January and from 5% in December 2020, the State Statistics Service said.
The total public debt of Ukraine in February 2021 increased by 0.74% in U.S. dollars, to $ 91.41 billion and decreased by 0.21% in hryvnias, to UAH 2.552 trillion, according to data on the website of the Ministry of Finance.
Prices in Ukrainian industry in February 2021 increased by 7.8%, while in January 2021 – by 5.2%, and in December 2020 – by 1.8%, the State Statistics Service said.
Industrial production in Ukraine in February 2021 decreased by 4.6% compared to the pre-COVID February 2020, and adjusted for the effect of calendar days (last year was a leap year), the reduction was noticeably smaller – 2%, the State Statistics Service said.
The lack of institutional regulation in the agro-industrial complex led to a decrease in agricultural production by 11.5% in 2020 compared to the previous year, and crop production fell by 13.6%, Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Roman Leshchenko said during a discussion of the draft National Economic Strategy 2030.
The transport companies of Ukraine in January 2021 reduced carriage of goods by 2.2% compared to January 2020, to 42.8 million tonnes, the State Statistics Service has said.