Moody's makes upward revision in Turkey's growth estimate

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 14.11.2019 15:56
Tourists visit Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, one of the city's main tourist attractions, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. (AP Photo)
Tourists visit Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, one of the city's main tourist attractions, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. (AP Photo)

The U.S.-based credit ratings agency Moody's revised Turkey's economic growth forecast Thursday to 0.2% for 2019 from a 2.0 contraction and 3% for 2020 from 2.0, citing the country's strong economic recovery.

In its Global Macro Outlook 2020-21, the Moody's said the expansion of credit availability by Turkish banks helped mitigate the severity of the economic downturn, bolstered confidence and encouraged activity in selected sectors.

The credit agency also warned that geopolitical risks, tense relations with the U.S. and Turkey's security operations in Syria, could impose threats to economic stability.

The report also warned that the government's official growth target of 5% between 2020 to 2022, significantly higher than the agency's forecast, could lead to overheating, widen current-account deficits and exert pressure on inflation.

Turkey's economic growth estimates have also been revised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in September.

The IMF report said the Turkish economy may see a growth of 0.25%, reversing previous forecasts of a 2.5% contraction while the OECD revised 2019 forecast to 0.3% from 2.9% contraction.

Meanwhile, the Moody's global outlook said it does not expect the global economy to enter a recession in 2020 or 2021, however, persistently weak data could fuel a self-fulfilling deterioration in sentiment and global growth."

G-20 economies, which account for 78% of the global economy, are expected to collectively grow at an annual rate of 2.6% in 2020, the same rate as in 2019.

In 2020, Moody's forecasts that G-20 emerging market countries will post growth of 4.7%, followed by 4.8% in 2021. Of the 10 countries in this group, Argentina is the only one whose economy will contract in 2020, followed by a protracted recovery.

Moody's expects continued deceleration for the U.S. and China in the next year. Although the U.S. economy is slowing, real GDP growth in the U.S. will likely stabilize around its potential at just below 2.0%.

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