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OECD Reviews of Regulatory Reform: Turkey 2002

Crucial Support for Economic Recovery

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Among the OECD countries, Turkey figures as a comparative latecomer to regulatory reform. Yet, there is a crucial need for it. Over the last three decades, the Turkish economy has suffered from macro-economic instability and chronic inflation, with implications for both investment and growth. Governance and regulatory structures remained weak and contributed also to the 2001 economic crisis.

Nonetheless, this review notes the highly encouraging efforts currently being undertaken to reform key economic sectors, the public administration and the regulatory framework. These developments appear to mark a fundamental break with the past. Important elements, such as a clear competition policy, are already in place. Fighting corruption, among other measures, is high on the policy agenda, and constitutional amendments are reshaping the relationship between citizens and the state. The "depoliticisation" of the public sector and its renewal on a merit basis is underway. Future success will depend crucially on the continuing implementation of the programme. In particular, sustained political commitment is required well beyond the recovery from the recent crisis.

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Electricity, Gas and Road Freight Transport Sectors

The electricity sector in Turkey has been a key element in the "state led development" of the economy. For the time being it remains dominated by state owned entities. Their current financial condition is extremely weak. Without reform, the sector is headed for financial collapse. Widespread theft and non-payment for electricity has weakened cash inflow and earlier moves to promote private participation in needed generation investment generally resulted in expensive electricity being purchased by the state enterprises....

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