Jak oživit ukrajinskou ekonomiku

WASHINGTON, DC – Ukrajina se náhle ocitla v bodě demokratického přelomu. Poté, co bývalý prezident Viktor Janukovyč vyvolal velké krveprolití, řada jeho poslanců přeběhla k opozici, která tak získala výraznou většinu. Ať už z tohoto vývoje vzejde jakákoliv vláda, bude muset jednat rychle a rozhodně – a získat značnou mezinárodní podporu –, aby upevnila svou moc a přebudovala ekonomiku země, jež prochází krizí.

Ukrajina trpí třemi velkými hospodářskými problémy. Za prvé jsou její zahraniční platby neudržitelné. Deficit běžného účtu země dosáhl v loňském roce odhadovaných 8,3% HDP, přičemž rezervy v zahraniční měně se rychle vyčerpávají a vystačily by na něco málo přes dvouměsíční dovoz. Za druhé jsou neudržitelné také veřejné finance, neboť rozpočtový schodek dosahuje téměř 8% HDP a výnosy z vládních dluhopisů strmě stoupají. A za třetí zaznamenala ekonomika od poloviny roku 2012 pět čtvrtletí recese.

Tyto problémy odrážejí Janukovyčovu hospodářskou politiku, která měla jediný cíl: obohatit jeho samotného, jeho rodinu a hrstku jeho kamarádů. V uplynulých čtyřech letech zažila Ukrajina bezpříkladné zpronevěry páchané jejími vládci – majetek Janukovyčovy rodiny dosáhl podle odhadů hodnoty 12 miliard dolarů. Také zde bude nová vláda potřebovat mezinárodní pomoc, má-li získat zpět alespoň část této kořisti.

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