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Indonesia steps up intervention, unveils stimulus to curb market outflows


Senin, 02 Maret 2020 / 18:37 WIB
Indonesia steps up intervention, unveils stimulus to curb market outflows
The central bank will increase market intervention, cut reserve requirements and relax rules for domestic non-deliverable forward (DNDF) transactions to support the rupiah and bonds, Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo said., Senin (2/3).

Sumber: Reuters | Editor: Yudho Winarto

KONTAN.CO.ID - JAKARTA. Indonesia unveiled new measures on Monday to stabilise its financial markets and support growth in Southeast Asia's largest economy, amid capital outflows linked to the coronavirus outbreak as it reported its first confirmed cases.

The central bank will increase market intervention, cut reserve requirements and relax rules for domestic non-deliverable forward (DNDF) transactions to support the rupiah and bonds, Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo said.

Separately, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said import rules for raw materials will be eased as stocks in factories were low amid a trade slowdown due to the global spread of the coronavirus.

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The rupiah, which this year had been the best performing among emerging Asia currencies, fell 0.5% to 14,415 - its weakest since May 2019 - after Indonesia announced its first confirmed coronavirus cases.

The currency recovered to 14,230 following the new measures, while the stock index also trimmed losses.

"In Indonesia, we're taking this seriously. We assess from time to time so that the impact of COVID-19 to the stability of our economy can be mitigated," Warjiyo said, referring to the global outbreak caused by the virus.

He said the impact on Indonesia's economy would be less pronounced than countries like Japan, South Korea and Singapore.

The central bank would increase the volume of its "triple" intervention in the spot foreign exchange, DNDF and bond markets so investors "remain confident that BI is always in the market to do its job", Warjyo said.



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