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  • Subscriber Update - Bank Indonesia Goes for Another Interest Rate Cut

    Subscriber Update - Bank Indonesia Goes for Another Interest Rate Cut

    It came as a big surprise to us when the central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) announced on 19 November 2020 (the day it concluded its two-day monetary policy meeting) that it decided to cut its benchmark interest rate (the seven-day reverse repo rate) by 25 basis points to 3.75 percent. Bank Indonesia also cut its deposit facility and lending facility rates by 25 basis points to 3.00 percent and 4.50 percent, respectively.

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  • September 2020 Report Indonesia Investments; Infrastructure in Focus

    September 2020 Report Indonesia Investments; Infrastructure in Focus

    Across the world, concern over the COVID-19 pandemic grew in September 2020 as the number of new COVID-19 cases continued to rise rapidly. Worldwide, at the end of September 2020, some 34 million people have been infected with the virus, while more than one million people have died after contracting the virus.

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  • Analysis of Indonesia’s Economic Growth in Q2-2020; Feeling the Peak Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis

    Analysis of Indonesia’s Economic Growth in Q2-2020; Feeling the Peak Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis

    On 05 August 2020, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) released Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) data for the second quarter of 2020. These data, which were highly anticipated among analysts and policymakers, are crucial to comprehend how – and to what extend – the self-imposed social and business restrictions (made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic) have impacted on the Indonesian economy.

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  • Economic Update Indonesia; World Bank Upgrades Indonesia to Upper-Middle Income Country

    Economic Update Indonesia; World Bank Upgrades Indonesia to Upper-Middle Income Country

    Good news at the start of July 2020. The World Bank upgraded Indonesia’s economic status to an ‘upper-middle income country’ (from ‘lower-middle income country’) per 1 July 2020. The key consideration for the World Bank was that Indonesia’s gross national income (GNI) per capita increased from USD $3,840 in 2018 to USD $4,050 in 2019. This means that an upgrade was needed (see the table below).

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  • Indonesia Investments' July 2020 Report; A Modest Rebound

    Indonesia Investments' July 2020 Report; A Modest Rebound

    It is becoming clearer by the day that economic growth in Indonesia, in 2020, will be derailed enormously. Analysts and authoritative institutions (both international and domestic ones) have, again, cut their forecasts for Indonesia’s economic growth in Q2-2020 (decisions that obviously also have consequences for Indonesia’s full-year 2020 economic growth outlooks).

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  • Economic Growth Update: Outlook for Indonesia and the World Remains Uncertain

    Economic Growth Update: Outlook for Indonesia and the World Remains Uncertain

    The most recent published outlooks for global economic growth and global trade are more pessimistic than their earlier versions, with the main reason being that there is no quick solution to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. On the contrary, there is a high degree of uncertainty about when business can resume as usual. And, the closer we get to 2021, the less rosy outlooks are becoming for next year.

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  • Indonesian Economy Under Pressure in Q1, Bad Omen for GDP Growth in Remainder of 2020

    Indonesian Economy Under Pressure in Q1, Bad Omen for GDP Growth in Remainder of 2020

    On 5 May 2020 Statistics Indonesia (Badan Pusat Statistik, BPS), a non-departmental government agency, released the first quarter gross domestic product (GDP) data of Indonesia for the year 2020. These data were highly anticipated as policymakers, analysts, and stakeholders are particularly interested in finding out to what extent damage has been done to the Indonesian economy by the self-imposed restrictions.

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  • Economic & Political Update Indonesia May 2020 - In the Eye of the Storm

    Economic & Political Update Indonesia May 2020 - In the Eye of the Storm

    The economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 crisis are becoming increasingly clear and frightening. All the self-imposed restrictions on business and social behavior, taken by governments across the world, may protect people’s health to a significant extent, but the policy measures also have devastating economic and social consequences as economic activity nosedives, and businesses collapse. This results in unprecedented mass layoffs as well as growing poverty.

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  • IMF Expects the Worst Economic Downturn since the Great Depression

    International Monetary Fund (IMF) Expects the Worst Economic Downturn since the Great Depression

    In mid-April 2020 the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its latest ‘World Economic Outlook’ report. It is in fact not a complete report. Considering the global economy has changed dramatically over the past months, the IMF’s previous update of the World Economic Outlook (released in January 2020) simply had no validity anymore, and therefore the IMF released one new chapter in mid-April 2020 (with the full report set to follow in May 2020).

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