Skip to comments.World Bank provides $1.5 billion for 3 projects in Ukraine
Posted on 05/26/2014 11:07:16 AM PDT by Lorianne
Washington: The World Bank on Friday approved nearly USD 1.5 billion in financing for three projects in Ukraine to help the embattled country undertake critical reforms and build infrastructure.
The new projects are funded as part of a USD 27 billion aid package promised by the international community to Ukraine as it struggles with deep economic and political crises.
The World Bank announced in March that it aims to provide Ukraine as much as USD 3.5 billion by year-end. Its sister institution, the International Monetary Fund, is planning USD 17 billion dollars in aid over the next two years.
"We are stepping up our assistance to Ukraine because we want to help improve the lives of people in the country and to achieve economic recovery at a crucial time," the president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, said in a statement.
"The Ukrainian authorities have developed a comprehensive program of reforms, which they are committed to undertake with support from the World Bank."
In the face of pro-Russian separatist movements in the eastern part of the country, Ukraine's economy is expected to shrink 5.0 per cent in 2014, according to the IMF.
Roughly half of the World Bank's new financing announced Thursday -- USD 750 million -- is to support "high-priority" reform measures, including efforts to fight corruption in the public sector and the reform of "inefficient and inequitable utility subsidies" while protecting the poor, the Bank said.
The Washington-based institution also will provide USD 382 million to support improvements in heating energy efficiency and USD 350 million to fund upgrades of water and solid waste services.
The new investments brings the World Bank's current lending portfolio to Ukraine to USD 3.39 billion.
More debt will save them for sure.
Debt, or Russians. Not a very good choice.
The world bank is a means of sending money from those who earn it to those who don’t.