New economic model to boost investment, employment, production, export: Erdoğan
The new economic model that Turkey is pursuing aims to grow the national economy by boosting investment, employment, production and export, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, reiterating that this strategy will likely record more than 10 percent growth by the end of this year.
“Differently from many developing countries, Turkey has abandoned high-interest monetary policies that prevent the country’s development. Instead, we are shifting to a growth strategy based on investment, employment and production,” President Erdoğan said in a weekly address to his lawmakers at the parliament on Dec. 1.
This new model allowed Turkey to mark the highest annual growth rate among the G20 countries, Erdoğan stressed, repeating that Turkey is expected to reach double-digit growth in 2021.
“Thanks to this change that our country, which was the most important manufacturing hub between China and Europe during the pandemic, became almost the only country in the world that continued to grow,” he stated. Turkey marked 7.4 percent growth in the third quarter of this year, becoming the highest growing country among the G20.
“Either we were going to make that change now, or we were going to let another generation dodge their dreams,” Erdoğan added.
This change in economic policies has not been made overnight but is a result of the preparations since his Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2002, he suggested.
Risky but true for Turkey
This new economic model is perhaps politically risky but is the best for Turkey, Erdoğan stated, stressing that nobody can challenge the fact that low-interest rates will increase production and employment. “Can they say ‘you are doing wrong’? No, they can’t.”
Erdoğan stated that everybody knows very well that he is against high-interest rates and has never supported raising the interest rates, slamming the opposition parties who seek to score politically by using the hike in prices and fluctuations of the currencies. Turkey will continue its fight against the high-interest rate lobbies and the enemies of production and employment, he added.
Admitting that volatility over the value of the national currency has been observed recently due to both global and national economic conditions, Erdoğan stressed that they were aware of the expectations about a stable currency rate rather than its actual figure.
Measures to be taken against hoarders
Erdoğan said the government was closely following the markets where some people were trying to maximize their profits by stocking the basic goods.
“Stocking is banned by our religion. You can’t do that. We will take all the measures against the hoarders. They will pay the price in the hardest way. We will make this country a grave for the hoarders,” he said.
He also called on the people to act in common sense when they think to convert their Turkish Lira into foreign currencies, saying that both exchange rates and inflation may rise one day and fall the next.