Durmus Yilmaz: the period of "declining inflation" is about to end

18/04/2006 |

First speech by Mr Durmus Yılmaz, newly-appointed Governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, Ankara

Dear Press Members,
I have been appointed Governor of the Central Bank, which was vacated by Former Governor Mr.
Süreyya Serdengeçti due to his retirement after having completed his five-year term on 14 March 2006
at the end of the business hours, and which has been filled temporarily by Dr. Erdem Basc_ı as Acting
Governor since then.
I have worked in various positions of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey since 1980. As you
have been closely following, many achievements have been made since then, especially in the last
couple of years, that will always be remembered as the turning points in our economic history.
Distinguished members of the press,
As a result of the legal amendments made in 2001, the greatest achievement in the area of monetary
policy has been the attainment of the “Central Bank Independence”. Accordingly;
“The Bank shall, with the objective to achieve and maintain price stability, be authorized to utilize
monetary policy instruments described in this Law and shall also be authorized to directly determine
and implement other monetary policy instruments that it deems appropriate.” as expressed in the Law
on the Central Bank.
Such an authorization is called “instrument independence” in the modern economic literature.
On the way to price stability, the inflation target is determined jointly with the government. As you
know, these targets have been determined and announced as follows:
5 percent for 2006,
4 percent for 2007,
4 percent for 2008
Our primary objective is to attain these targets. The Central Bank will support the growth and
employment policies of the Government, unless it conflicts with this objective.
Likewise, with the Law No: 1211, the Central Bank has been entrusted with the power of establishing
the “exchange rate regime” jointly with the government. The floating exchange rate regime, which was
introduced within this framework, will continue to be implemented, preserving its basic implementation
framework.
Turkey has grasped a golden opportunity to get rid of the damage created by inflation with which it has
had to live more than 30 years. The period of “Declining inflation” is about to end. Our next objective
will be to achieve and preserve the price stability. This will be the most significant contribution of the
Central Bank in mobilizing the growth potential of our country.
Thank you

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