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Ukraine: Economy, Politics and Government

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Owing to its extremely fertile soil, Ukraine was known as the bread-basket of the Soviet Union. It also possesses substantial natural resources and successive Soviet leaders located both high technology research and production programmes in the republic. With these advantages, the Ukrainian economy should have been well placed to benefit from the introduction of market forces. Crucially, though, successive governments have faced serious obstacles in their quest for political and economic reform. Under President Kuchma excessive government participation in the economy has often been misdirected and has retarded the development of private enterprise.

World of Information Business Intelligence Reports allow access to concise, clear coverage of current political and economic developments in over 100 countries. Alongside contributions from journalists and regional experts from around the world, they contain a wide variety of sectoral analysis and background information. Each Report contains an introductory overview commissioned from one of World of Information's network of contributors, an extensive list of key facts and features of the country, including macroeconomic indicators and details regarding national population, labour market and public services. The economy section focuses on monetary, fiscal and trade conditions before analysing sectoral, infrastructure and regulatory developments. Natural resources including agriculture and minerals, industry and service sectors are covered. A five-year table of key indicators invaluable for research into economic trends accompanies the report.

Keywords: GDP; IMF; Kiev; Kuchma; Russia; addresses; banking; budget; business; cabinet; chemical; coal; constitution; currency; debt; dependency; election; energy; eurobond; exchange; exports; external; grain; growth; hydrocarbons; imports; inflation; infrastructure; interest; international; investment; legislature; manufacturing; metal; mining; ministry; oil; opposition; parliament; party; prime minister; privatisation; relations; reserves; taxation; telecommunications; tourism; transport; welfare

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: January 1, 2001


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