The Central Bank (CB) continues to work on the revision of its monetary policy in the light of the ‘Turkey Economy Model’, according to the CB Governor Sahap Kavcioglu. Speaking at the first Inflation Report meeting of the year, the CB Governor said the Liraization Strategy which prioritizes the usage of TRY will be one of the key elements of the new policy.
Kavcioglu presented the main framework of the Turkey Economy Model’s Central Bank leg with his statement about the framework policy. Accordingly, the bank will primarily prevent the dominance of USD in money markets with the policy change called Liraization. To do so, financial products, guarantee diversification, and liquidity management policies will be formed. FX-protected TRY deposit accounts and similar new instruments, the bank’s provision policies, swap agreements, and rediscount credits will be used in this respect.
The CB Governor stated that they revised the year-end inflation forecast for 2022 by 11.4 points and that the prediction interval increased in an environment where inflation is high. Here are year-end annual inflation forecasts according to the Central Bank’s 2022-1 Inflation Report:
- 2022: 23.2% (Prediction interval: 18.6%-27.8%)
- 2023: 8.2% (Prediction interval: 3.4%-13.0%)
- Medium-term: 5%
Regarding the instruments, Vice President Fuat Oktay said the daily average inflow in the FX-protected TRY deposit account system has nearly amounted to TRY 7bn since the beginning of the year and the total size of the FX-protected TRY deposit accounts have reached TRY 209bn.
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