Finance minister vows to fight inflation decisively

Finance minister vows to fight inflation decisively

Finance minister vows to fight inflation decisively

Treasury and Finance Minister Lütfi Elvan vowed on June 11 to continue to fight against inflation to ensure prosperity, saying that the government and the Turkish Central Bank would be in close cooperation for this purpose.

“Relative price structure deteriorates in a high-inflation environment, making it difficult to take long-term decisions, enabling domestic investments and causing inefficient use of sources. It’s not possible to talk about stability when industrialists cannot see the future. Thus, we deem the fight against inflation as a war that should be won to ensure the prosperity of the country,” he said during a meeting organized by the Ankara Chamber of Industry (ASO).

He underlined that monetary and fiscal policies were implemented in harmony with financial and structural reform targets.

The wide gaps between producer prices indices and consumer prices indices are worrying, the minister said. “The pass-through effect of exchange rates and rising global commodity prices play a crucial role in the increase of producer prices. We will ramp up structural policies to ease our country’s vulnerabilities in these areas,” he said.

Turkey’s annual inflation rate stood at 16.6 percent, and the monthly inflation rate was 0.89 percent in May before coronavirus-related restrictions were eased.

However, the domestic producer price index, which is seen as a leading indicator of consumer price moves in the upcoming months, soared by 38.3 percent on an annual basis and by 3.9 percent on a monthly basis in May.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s current account balance is projected to post a deficit of $2.4 billion in April, a survey by state-run Anadolu Agency found on June 11.

The Turkish Central Bank will release the balance of payments figures on June 14.

The end-2021 current account balance is expected to show a deficit of $27 billion, with estimates of 14 economists ranging between $23 billion and $35.2 billion.

In March, the current account balance posted a $3.3 billion deficit, bringing a 12-month rolling deficit to $36.2 billion.

Lira records its best week in three months

The Turkish Lira recorded its best week in nearly three months, jumping as much as 1.9 percent on June 11 before giving up some gains to trade up 0.3 percent. One U.S. dollar traded for 8.39 liras in the afternoon.

Reduced implied volatility also aided inflows into the lira, as did a Central Bank survey that showed the forecast for 2021 gross domestic product (GDP) growth that raised to 4.9 percent from 4.3 percent.