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Bank Indonesia may ease monetary policy, says finance minister

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Global central banks are shifting to looser monetary policy to bolster their economies in the face of a growth slowdown with India, Australia as well as New Zealand, the Philippines and Malaysia all cutting rates in recent weeks.

Thursday 13, June 2019

(Bloomberg) – Indonesia’s Finance Minister said that Bank Indonesia (BI) will likely join other central banks in easing monetary policy to counter a global economic slowdown.

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, the Indonesian Finance Minister, said, “When the situation has now changed, especially in advanced countries, including about the direction of monetary policies and there is a signal of the global economy weakening, I think Bank Indonesia will also adjust its monetary policy stance.”

“How will BI do it? We will respect whatever they will do,” added Indrawati.

Bank Indonesia is proceeding more cautiously, keeping interest rates on hold this year after hiking by 175 basis points in 2018 to counter an emerging market rout.

On Monday, BI’s Governor said that the monetary authority will calibrate its policy to support financial stability and boost economic growth. The six rate hikes last year helped to shore up the currency and lure foreign investors back into the nation’s stocks and bonds.

Perry Warjiyo, the central bank governor warned that slower global growth, weaker commodity prices and rising financial market uncertainties could hurt Indonesia’s economy.

Warjiyo said that growth will probably come in below the midpoint of the central bank’s forecast range from five to 5.4 per cent this year, adding the nation will need to rely on its domestic consumption and investment to spur growth.

Bank Indonesia is scheduled to announce its rate decision on 20 June.

 

TAGS : Bank of Indonesia , monetary policy, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, global economic slowdown, BI

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