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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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  • Can Businesses Claim Force Majeure After the Government Calls COVID-19 a National Disaster?

    Can Businesses Claim Force Majeure After the Government Calls COVID-19 a National Disaster?

    Besides imposing restrictions and offering stimuli to affected people and businesses, the Indonesian government made another important decision with reference to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Through Presidential Decree No. 12/2020 on the Determination of COVID-19 as a Non-Natural Disaster, signed by President Widodo on 13 April 2020, the novel coronavirus was declared a ‘national disaster’.

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  • How Are Jakarta’s Authorities & Residents Handling the COVID-19 Crisis?

    How Are Jakarta’s Authorities & Residents Handling the COVID-19 Crisis?

    Better late than never! On 10 April 2020 large-scale social restrictions were imposed in the capital city of Jakarta through Jakarta Gubernatorial Regulation No. 33/2020, and Jakarta Gubernatorial Decree No. 380/2020. The regulation and decree, which both aim at curtailing the further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Jakarta, were imposed around five weeks after the very first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Indonesia (namely in Depok, a city located within the Jakarta metropolitan area).

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  • Manufacturing Activity in Indonesia Falls at Record Rate as COVID-19 Hits

    Manufacturing Activity in Indonesia Falls at Record Rate as COVID-19 Hits

    After the surprise in February 2020 (when – contrary to expectations and in stark contrast to the global trend – manufacturing activity in Indonesia soared), matters turned normal in March 2020. In line with expectations, Indonesia’s manufacturing production and new orders contracted at record rates in March, making companies decide to cut back sharply on their purchasing activity and input inventories. Business conditions in fact deteriorated at a rate not seen before in the history of the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) survey.

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  • Coronavirus Fears Put Heavy Pressures on the Rupiah Exchange Rate

    Coronavirus Fears Put Heavy Pressures on the Rupiah Exchange Rate

    Around the globe, financial markets experienced a heavy storm – or a tornado – in March 2020 as coronavirus fears peaked. Particularly after the World Health Organization (or WHO) officially labelled the COVID-19 outbreak a “pandemic” on 11 March 2020 and a growing number of nations started imposing restrictions on the movement of people and economic activity, markets entered deep red territory.

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  • Currency Markets: Indonesian Rupiah Trends Trading Under Pressure Once Again

    Currency Markets: Indonesian Rupiah Trends Trading Under Pressure Once Again

    As financial market turbulence has reached extreme levels over the last several weeks, recent events have severely limited this year’s prospects for economic growth in both developed markets and emerging markets. Of course, it is still too early to accurately assess the true macroeconomic impact of COVID-19, so we are still dealing with broad conjectures more than anything else. But the widespread limitations on that have been placed upon international travelers and the severity of business disruptions that have been seen around the world will almost certainly impact global GDP figures for the next several quarters.

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