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KIEV, March 4 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund said on Saturday it had reached an agreement with Ukraine on an updated memorandum under a $17.5 billion programme, paving the way for its board to consider the disbursement of the fourth loan tranche later in March.
"The IMF staff has reached agreement with the Ukrainian authorities on an updated memorandum of economic and financial policies," Ron van Rooden, the IMF's Ukraine mission chief, said in a statement.
Disbursements under the programme have been delayed repeatedly over the past two years due to stop-start progress on reforms. The latest tranche of $1 billion was contingent on Ukraine passing an IMF-backed 2017 budget and implementing banking system reforms. (Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Hugh Lawson)