27 March 2020 (closed)
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Various high government officials, including president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Finance minister Agus Martowardojo and National Development Planning minister Armida Alisjahbana stated that Indonesia's economy is estimated to grow between 6.3 and 6.8 percent in 2014. Its main economic pillars of support are thought to be (foreign and domestic) investments, domestic consumption, and government expenditure. Poverty is targeted to be reduced to ten percent of the population.
Indonesia's export industries will probably not be back on track in 2014 as global demand has been curbed by a slow global economic recovery. Also, the economy of the 'ASEAN plus five region' (ASEAN member states plus Japan, China, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand) is expected to slow down.
Initially, the government had targeted for economic growth of seven percent in 2014 but this number is still a threshold too high in Indonesia's Reformation period. The threshold reminds us of the authoritarian Suharto period, which was characterized by robust economic growth at the expense of human rights violations and accompanied by vast self-enrichment.
(in billion USD)
(annual percent change)
¹ World Bank forecast
² Indonesian Government forecast
Sources: Statistics Indonesia and World Bank
The elections that will be held in 2014 are assumed to support Indonesia's economy as they will lure consumption. The legislative elections will be held on 9 April 2014 and the presidential election in mid-2014.
Besides revising down the country's 2014 GDP forecast, minister of National Development Planning minister Armida Alisjahbana stated that the government targets an inflation rate of about 4.5 percent, a poverty rate of about 10 percent, and an unemployment rate at about 5.5 percent in 2014.
(annual percent change)
(percentage of population)
(percentage of labor force)
¹ indicates a government projection
Source: Statistics Indonesia
The government will allocate IDR 47 trillion (USD $4.8 billon) for the eradication of the country's poverty next year. About half of the allocated amount will be used to finance the government's raskin (acronym of beras miskin which means rice for the poor) program.