Turkey’s economy to grow 4.7 pct in 2018
Turkey’s economy will grow 4.7 percent in 2018 and 4.4 percent in 2019, according to the World Bank.
In 2020, Turkey’s economy will grow 4.0 percent, according to the bank’s Europe and Central Asia Economic Update report out Tuesday.
The country’s inflation is expected to reach 10.4 percent by the end of this year and slow down to 9.0 percent in 2019 and 8.2 percent in 2020, according to the bank’s latest forecast.
POVERTY IS FORECAST TO DECREASE
Turkey’s current account deficit is projected to be -5.7 percent this year, -5.6 percent in 2019, and -5.5 percent in 2020, said the report. “Turkey’s strong recovery in 2017 (at 7.4 percent) came at a cost of widening macroeconomic imbalances. Growth in 2018, however, is projected to moderate closer to potential, at 4.7 percent. Poverty is forecast to decrease, although at a slower pace than previous years.” the report said.
Noting that expansionary policies will likely be in place to stimulate demand, especially ahead of the upcoming elections, the report said: “Key risks include inflation and tightening of global financial conditions; all of which could constrain access to external finance, raise cost of external debt, and weaken the external balance.”