TUSIAD: “Postponed reforms makes us spin”

Dünya Executive - - BUSINESS - OZLEM ERMIS BEYHAN

Turkish Industry and Business Associatio­n (TUSIAD) held its High Advisory Board meeting on May 24 with the largest turnout in recent years. TUSIAD President, Erol Bilecik, stressed that trust in the economy should be re-establishe­d at the meeting, where business people seemed concerned about the still rising dollar rate.

The business world discussed a 300 base point increase in interest rates, while outlining the necessary steps to be taken in the economy. Bilecik said that the interest rate increase taken last week has provided some kind of relief putting the breaks on the increasing dollar rate over the last two weeks. “We wish to see economic management keeping up with the policy making process by continuing the policies and discourses that prioritize stability,” he said.

Bilecik, who links the causes of the problems in the economy to the “continuous postponeme­nt of reforms,” made the following evaluation­s: “When we cannot achieve high growth through reforms and productivi­ty increases and grow

with abundant and cheap money we anyway face the same problems. At high growth, the wheels of our economy are turning fast, but at the same time our economy is spinning because of the high current deficit and high inflation. That is why cannot move forward.”

Poss b l ty of a harsh correct on

Bilecik underlined that Turkish economic policies are followed with great interest both domestical­ly and abroad. “Both the local

and foreign market players change their positions immediatel­y when there is even a slightest signal that the balances in the economy can change,” he said. “Thus, interest rates and exchange rates are changing with every political developmen­t. I want to remind you of a fact that applies to all the economies of the world: Reactionar­y measures and packages that are not rules-based, predictabl­e policies make the sustainabi­lity of a country’s economy questionab­le. Thus, the rapid rise in the currency indicates questions over the Turkish economy’s viability are valid. We need to restore confidence in our economy as soon as possible. Otherwise, our economy will face a harsh correction. We have to accept that fact and we have to introduce policies in accordance with this fact, because there are no miracles in the economy, only facts. And you can not flex the reality out of shape.” Bilecik underlined the importance of the economic administra­tion to take precaution­s before push comes to shove.

Lack of nformat on on the new system

Bilecik also noted that the business community lacks sufficient informatio­n about the Presidenti­al government system. In these elections, Bilecik stated that they are glad that almost every opinion through the alliances will be able to enter the parliament. “Let us give up fear of change, dialogue and rejection of people who do not think like us. People who can discuss everything can overcome any problem,” he said.

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