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Govt proposes to envisage budget deficit for 2022 at UAH 188 bln – PM

KYIV. Sept 14 (Interfax-Ukraine) – In the draft law on the state budget for 2022, the Cabinet of Ministers provided for an increase in receipts of the state budget by UAH 161 billion compared to this year’s figure, to UAH 1.277 trillion, and a rise in expenditure by UAH 103 billion, to UAH 1.456 billion, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said at a press conference on Tuesday.

He said that the government proposed that the budget deficit in 2022 in absolute terms is set at the level of UAH 188 billion, or 3.5% of GDP compared to 5.5% of GDP this year, as stipulated in the Budget Declaration.

"Filling the deficit… by almost 70% are domestic government bonds," the prime minister said.

He added that the exchange rate of the national currency in the draft state budget is provided at the level of UAH 28.60-28.70/$1, as provided by the Budget Declaration until 2024.

The prime minister also said that the draft state budget for 2022 proposed by the government for the first reading provides for the implementation of a presidential decree on increasing the average salary of doctors to UAH 22,000 and nursing staff – over UAH 14,000.

"The budget also provides for financing 100% of the queue for the purchase of housing for ATO veterans," Shmyhal said.

He also said that the bill provides for funding to increase the amount of scholarships for university students up to UAH 2,000 and merit scholarships, to UAH 2,550. It is also envisaged to increase scholarships for students of vocational education institutions from UAH 480 to UAH 1,250.

"We are increasing spending on infrastructure, digitalization by UAH 14 billion, as well as providing funding for the population census," the prime minister said, adding that the census in 2023 is planned in an innovative format.

"We are leaving 5.95% of spending on the security and defense sector," Shmyhal added.

According to him, the draft state budget is based on the forecast of growth of nominal GDP up to UAH 5.368 trillion, while by the end of this year this figure is expected to reach UAH 4.8 trillion.