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Turkey’s central bank announced the conclusion of its series of interest rate hikes, settling at a policy rate of 45 percent, up from 42.5 percent. This decision, aimed at combating record inflation and addressing the country’s cost of living crisis, marks a significant milestone in the bank’s efforts.

Under the leadership of Governor Hafize Gaye Erkan, the central bank steadily raised borrowing costs, starting from 8.5 percent in June, reaching the highest level seen during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s 21-year tenure.

Erkan, a former Wall Street executive and Turkey’s most senior female official, faced scrutiny amidst claims of unauthorized personnel decisions allegedly made by her father within the bank. Public discourse also highlighted Erkan’s acknowledgment of personal financial challenges due to inflation, sparking questions about the government’s economic strategies.

Erdogan, known for his skepticism towards high interest rates, previously characterized them as detrimental to the economy. However, the persistence of economic challenges, including soaring inflation rates, compelled a shift in policy. Erkan, alongside Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek, implemented measures aimed at stabilizing the economy, earning recognition from Western investors.

Despite facing criticism and uncertainties, Erdogan expressed support for Erkan’s leadership, condemning attempts to undermine economic stability. As Turkey navigates through economic uncertainties, Erkan’s resilience and commitment to economic stabilization remain pivotal in shaping the country’s financial landscape.

By: Montel Kamau
Serrari Financial Analyst
26th January, 2024

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