Turkish central bank confident of economic recovery
ANKARATurkey’s Central Bank expects economic growth to remain robust in the third quarter following a 5.1 percent growth rate in the second quarter.
Minutes of its latest Monetary Policy Committee meeting were released on Sept. 21.
The committee decided to keep short-term interest rates steady last week.
The one-week repo rate, also known as the bank’s policy rate, stayed at eight percent while the marginal funding and overnight borrowing rates also held at 9.25 and 7.25 percent respectively.
The bank also kept late liquidity window interest rates steady - the borrowing rate at zero percent, and the lending rate at 12.25 percent.
“Given the strengthening economy as well as the calendar and base effects, the committee expects a sizable annual growth for the third quarter,” it said.
The committee noted that July’s industrial production data and the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data for August signal stronger growth in the third quarter compared to the previous one.
Turkey’s industrial production increased by 14.5 percent in July 2017 compared to the same month last year, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK).
Turkey’s PMI also stood at 55.3 points in August, hitting its highest level since March 2011, according to a report released by leading financial analysis company IHS Markit.
“Not only the manufacturing industry but also services, retail trade and construction saw strengthening activity recently. Accordingly, economic recovery appears to be more widespread across sectors,” it remarked.
The committee said a similar outlook was also valid for demand indicators and domestic demand is likely to contribute more to growth in the next quarter.
“In short, recently released data indicate that the recovery in economic activity has gained strength,” it underlined.