Turkish banks will support new low-rates economic model, association head says

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FILE PHOTO: A logo of Turkey's Central Bank is pictured at the entrance of its headquarters in Ankara

ISTANBUL – Turkish banks will support a “new economic model” based on low interest rates championed by President Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish Banks Association Chairman Alpaslan Cakar said, adding efforts for banks to carry out capital injections to support credit growth were underway.

Under pressure from Erdogan, the central bank has slashed rates to 15% from 19% since September, while Erdogan has said Turkey will prioritise growth, employment and investments. The lira has plunged to record lows against the dollar in response, shedding around 45% of its value this year.

Speaking at an interview with broadcaster A Para, Cakar said the lira would get back to “the level it deserves”, adding banks had great potential to boost loans and that he hoped public and private banks would be aligned in pricing. He said efforts were underway to boost capital.

(Reporting by Ebru Tuncay and Ece Toksabay; Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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