Thursday, May 24, 2007

GDP growth in 2008 expected at 7.2%

According to a draft forecast of economic and social development of Ukraine in 2008, the real gross domestic product in 2008 will grow by 7.2%, industrial production by 9%, real salaries by 14.3% and imports by 15.4%, Economy Minister Anatoliy Kinakh told a Tuesday press conference.

According to the minister, the price for imported gas might grow not more than by 7%-10%, which would allow reaching the above mentioned economic performance. "We fight the growing price for natural gas. It must not exceed inflation paces, which would be the optimal variant for Ukraine," Kinakh stressed.