Bank Indonesia Keeps Interest Rate Unchanged



Mahinda Arkiyasa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Bank Indonesia's (BI) governors' meeting from April 24 to 25 decided on keeping the benchmark 7-day Reverse Repo Rate (BI7DRR) at 6 percent. The Deposit Facility rate and Lending Facility rate are also kept unchanged at 5.25 percent and 6.75 percent, respectively.

    "The decision is in line with efforts to reinforce Indonesia's external economic stability," BI Governor Perry Warjiyo told reporters in Jakarta, Thursday, April 25, 2019.

    Perry said the reasons the central bank decided to keep rates include the slow global recovery as well as subsiding market uncertainties, which he said would have "positive impact to capital inflows to emerging countries, including Indonesia."

    Other reasons include the positive projection for Q1/2019 due to domestic demand, controlled inflation, expectations of surplus in the Q1 balance of payments, and the improving rupiah exchange rate against the US dollar.