Ukraine permits Treasury to deposit residuals in foreign currency

12 January 2018

Ukraine’s Treasury will be allowed to place budget receipts coming to its accounts on deposits in foreign currency, news site writes in reference to the Cabinet resolution of Jan. 11. Previously, only UAH-denominated deposits were allowed.


Evgeniya Akhtyrko: The possibility to accumulate more foreign currency on government accounts might help to decrease the volume of currency purchased on Forex on the eve of Ukraine’s substantial external debt repayments. Therefore, the traditional spikes in the exchange rate observed around the periods of foreign debt repayment might ease somewhat. However, the overall effect of this introduction on ForEx is likely to be marginal. For example, the government’s tradition to accumulate high treasury residuals and to boost fiscal spending in December results in more substantial and lasting surges on the currency market.