• Bank Indonesia lowers 2017 growth target to 5.17 pct, likely to remain on hold through 2017

    Source: FxWire Pro - Insights & Views / 20 Jun 2017 08:10:58   Eastern Standard Time

    Indonesia's central bank, Bank Indonesia (BI), kept its policy rate on hold at 4.75 percent, as widely expected at its June meeting. Bank Indonesia has kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 4.75 percent for seven months, after six rate cuts last year. The 7-day reverse repo rate has remained unchanged since October 2016. The deposit facility and lending facility were held at 4.00 percent and 5.50 percent, respectively.

    Bank Indonesia held rates amidst an environment of stable growth and curtailed inflation and said that it does still see several external and domestic risks. The central bank said that the current level still fits efforts to maintain stability and support growth. While South-east Asia's biggest economy is gradually recovering, it faces risks from a slowdown in China and weaker prices of coal and palm oil, the nation's main commodity exports.

    Bank Indonesia Governor Agus Martowardojo said Indonesia's recovery in growth is likely to continue into Q2, but said he foresees a correction mainly in Q3. The central bank has revised down its target for the country's economic growth this year from 5.2 percent to 5.17 percent year-on-year.

    Inflation accelerated to the highest in more than a year in April at 4.17 percent, above the mid-point of the bank's 3 to 5 percent target band. Headline inflation is likely to rise largely reflecting higher electricity and fuel prices. However, core inflation has remained benign, suggesting that demand conditions are still not strong enough to lead to a meaningful pass-through of administered prices.

    "With growth likely to be in the 5-5.4% range, demand pull inflationary pressures should remain in check. The moderate growth acceleration and limited demand-pull inflation pressures suggest that the central bank will remain on hold through 2017," said ANZ in a report.

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