Turkey Holds Rates Steady In March


The Central Bank of Turkey held its benchmark one-week repo rate at 8 percent on March 16th, as widely expected. Also, the lending rate was kept unchanged at 9.25 percent while market expected 50 bps hike. Policymakers said that the recently released data indicated a gradual recovery in the economic activity while the significant rise in inflation is expected to continue in the short term due to lagged pass-through and the base effect in food prices.

The central bank kept its overnight borrowing rate at 7.25 percent and increased the rate at its late liquidity window to 11.75 percent from 11 percent.

Statement by the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey:

Recently released data indicate a gradual recovery in the economic activity. Demand from the European Union economies continues to contribute positively to exports, while domestic demand displays a weaker course. With the supportive measures and incentives provided recently, the recovery in the economic activity is expected to continue at a moderate pace. The Committee assesses that the implementation of the structural reforms would contribute to the potential growth significantly.

Cost push pressures and the volatility in food prices in recent months have led to a sharp increase in inflation. The significant rise in inflation is expected to continue in the short term due to lagged pass-through and the base effect in food prices. Accordingly, the Committee decided to strengthen the monetary tightening in order to contain the deterioration in the inflation outlook.  

The Central Bank will continue to use all available instruments in pursuit of the price stability objective. Tight stance in monetary policy will be maintained until inflation outlook displays a significant improvement. Inflation expectations, pricing behavior and other factors affecting inflation will be closely monitored and, if needed, further monetary tightening will be delivered.

It should be emphasized that any new data or information may lead the Committee to revise its stance.

The summary of the Monetary Policy Committee Meeting will be released within five working days.



Turkey Holds Rates Steady In March


Central Bank of Turkey | Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
3/16/2017 11:10:49 AM