Three foreign, Gulf banks eyeing Turkish market

ANKARA: Three foreign banks, including one from the United States, are considering entering the Turkish market, possibly as soon as next year, the head of the country’s banking watchdog was quoted as saying.
Bank of China began operations this year in Turkey, whose population of nearly 80 million — the youngest in Europe — remains an attractive demographic for foreign banks despite investor concerns about security issues and a government crackdown that has followed a failed coup in July.
Mehmet Ali Akben, the president of the Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK), said three further banks had expressed an interest doing business in Turkey. “(That) means they will go through a process, but we think they might be in Turkey in 2017,” the Anadolu news agency quoted him as saying on Monday.
One was from the United States and another from Dubai, he said, without identifying the nationality of the third bank. — Reuters