Standard and Poor's upgrades Turkey's outlook to 'stable' from 'negative', rates BB

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 04.11.2016 20:01
Updated 06.11.2016 18:53
Standard and Poor's upgrades Turkey's outlook to 'stable' from 'negative', rates BB

After U.S.-based credit rating agency Moody's downgraded Turkey's economic outlook, which was considered a politically motivated move, an upgrade from another U.S.-based agency, Standard & Poor's (S&P), was announced late Friday thanks to a government economic reform program.

U.S.-based credit rating agency S&P decided to upgrade Turkey's outlook to "stable" from "negative" on Friday. The credit rating agency rated the Turkish economy "BB."

The agency also predicted that the state of emergency would continue at least until January 2017. S&P said in the statement it revised the Turkish economy's outlook because the agency believes Turkish policy makers will continue to make crucial economic reforms.

"The S&P's emphasis on the reform agenda in Turkey during this period is important for appreciating what we have really done," Finance Minister Naci Ağbal told Anadolu Agency. "The credit rating agencies' evaluations about Turkey may be different from time to time. We are looking in front of us, we are minding our own business," he added.

Ağbal, on the S&P's decision to upgrade Turkey's credit outlook from "negative" to "stable," stressed that Turkey's commitment to structural reforms being approved by S&P is important.

Emphasizing that structural reforms are one of the most important priorities in the programs of the 64th and 65th government and the Nov. 1 election promises, Ağbal said: "We have made a clear structural reform agenda. We have put these on the schedule and put them into practice one by one. Hereupon, credit rating agencies should make their own assessments. We are aware of the priorities of our country and the need for reform. We will continue to take steps in this regard," said Ağbal.

The government's reform agenda involves regulations in different fields such as income tax law, tax procedural law and the labor market. The Finance Ministry also currently works on new regulations for the Istanbul International Finance Center.

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