Governments’ social and business restrictions (imposed in the context of preventing the further spread of COVID-19 in society) and people’s concern over the virus have damaged both the tourism and transportation industry in an unprecedented way.
Update COVID-19 in Indonesia: 2,615,529 confirmed infections, 68,219 deaths (13 July 2021)
13 July 2021 (closed)
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The COVID-19 pandemic made governments around the world impose severe social and business restrictions, thus contributing heavily to the unprecedented decline in economic activity. To maintain society’s support, governments subsequently had to spend heavily on social assistance, soft loans, and various fiscal incentives to keep most businesses alive and allow poorer segments of society to have enough to eat.
The central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) decided to leave its interest rates unchanged at the two-day monetary policy meeting that ended on 20 April 2021. The benchmark BI Seven-Day Reverse Repo Rate was held at 3.50 percent, while the deposit facility and lending facility rates were kept at 2.75 percent and 4.25 percent, respectively.
Bank Jago, previously known as Bank Artos Indonesia, was never really a well-known bank in Indonesia. However, quite suddenly, Bank Jago not only became a big item in Indonesian media but even the subject of 'gossip' in the local stock market when it was acquired by Jerry Ng (via PT Metamorfosis Ekosistem Indonesia, MEI) and Patrick Walujo (via Wealth Track Technology Limited) at the end of 2019. Together, both acquired 51 percent of Bank Jago's shares, and turned this small bank into a digital bank (which was when it changed its name from Bank Artos Indonesia to Bank Jago).