Challenges for Indonesia’s current account deficit are not expected to ease in the first quarter of 2019. Yati Kurniati, Executive Director & Head of Statistics Department at Bank Indonesia, said the current account deficit will definitely continue into Q1-2019 amid Indonesia’s subdued export performance, subdued global economic growth, and declining commodity prices. These interrelated factors are crucial for Indonesia when determining whether the country will see a deficit or surplus, simply because Southeast Asia’s largest economy remains highly dependent on (raw) commodity exports in terms of its export performance.

Despite these challenges, Bank Indonesia is optimistic that the current account deficit can improve to 2.5 percent of GDP by the end of 2019. The central government imposed several policies to encourage a healthier current account deficit, including a higher import tax on various consumer goods, the extended B20 biodiesel program, and fiscal incentives for exporters of natural resources (encouraging them to store their foreign exchange earnings in Indonesia).

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