At its latest monetary policy meeting, completed on 18 February 2021, Indonesia’s central bank (Bank Indonesia) decided to cut its benchmark interest rate (the seven-day reverse repurchase rate) by 25 basis points (bps) to 3.50 percent, a historically low level for Southeast Asia’s largest economy. Also the deposit facility and lending facility rates were cut by 25 bps to 2.75 percent and 4.25 percent, respectively.
In combination with several other policy adjustments of Bank Indonesia as well as a less optimistic outlook for Indonesia’s economic growth in 2021, it indicates that the central bank puts on the gloves a bit further to fight the ongoing economic recession.
Over the past 18 months or so, Bank Indonesia cut its key interest rate gradually, yet aggressively, from 6.00 percent to 3.50 percent in a clear effort to boost economic activity across the Archipelago. The COVID-19 crisis in particular has led to a drastic decline in consumption, production, trade, and investment that has dragged down the Indonesian economy and pushed it into a recession (with negative growth – on an annual basis – starting from Q2-2020).
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