Don’t dictate policy, Turkey tells IMF

26 October 2000

In September, Turkish Prime Minister, Bulent Ecevit, told the IMF not to dictate policies after further protests erupted in Istanbul and the southern city of Adana. The IMF is pressing for tighter wage control, tax reform and higher electricity and oil prices.

“It is natural for institutions like the IMF to express their concerns or put forward advice,” commented Ecevit. “But Turkey’s economic, financial and social policies are determined not by international organizations but the Turkish state together with related groups of the society,” he said.