New Ukraine central bank head tells IMF will meet programme commitments

FILE PHOTO: Kyrylo Shevchenko, Ukraine's Central Bank Governor, speaks during a news conference in Kyiv, Ukraine July 20, 2020. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

KYIV (Reuters) - Ukraine’s new Central Bank Governor met International Monetary Fund officials and promised to fulfill on time all commitments made under the country’s $5 billion (3.9 billion pounds) IMF programme, the bank said in a statement on Wednesday.

At the meeting, which happened on Tuesday, Kyrylo Shevchenko also said he deeply respected the need to keep the central bank independent, the statement added.

Shevchenko was appointed last week after his predecessor quit, complaining of political pressure.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; writing by Matthias Williams