ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday “no one should be surprised” if Turkey’s year-end economic growth hits 7 percent.
In a speech at an opening ceremony in the central Turkish province of Konya, Erdogan said: “Turkey grew 5.1 percent in the first half, no one should be surprised if year-end growth hits 7 percent.
“We are working on this. We are running for this to be better.”
The government’s official annual growth target is 5.5 percent in its medium term program for 2017-2020 period.
Erdogan’s comments echoed those of Prime Minister Binali Yildirim earlier in the week.
Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Alison Williams