JAKARTA- Bank Indonesia (BI) memutuskan untuk tetap menahan tingkat suku bunga acuan di level enam persen. Hal ini dilakukan BI guna menahan laju inflasi ke depan.
“Keputusan ini diambil berdasarkan evaluasi menyeluruh terhadap kinerja perekonomian terkini. Dewan Gubernur BI memandang tingkat BI Rate masih konsisten menahan inflasi ke depan dan kondusif untuk menjaga stabilitas keuangan, serta mengurangi dampak memburuknya prospek ekonomi global terhadap perekonomian Indonesia,” demikian disampaikan Kepala Divisi Humas BI Difi A Johansyah ketika menemui wartawan di Gedung Bank Indonesia, Jalan MH Thamrin, Jakarta, Kamis (8/12/2011).
Menurut Difi, Bank Sentral masih menargetkan inflasi di tahun depan bisa bergerak antara 4,5 persen plus minus satu persen.
“Dewan Gubernur menegaskan bahwa penerapan bauran kebijakan kinerja moneter dan makroprudensial yang bersifat counter-cylical sangat diperlukan dalam pengelolaan makroekonomi secara keseluruhan, serta untuk membawa inflasi pasa sasaran inflasi yang diterapkan,” lanjut Difi.
Selain itu, dewan gubernur mencatat bahwa perekonomian dunia tahun 2011 mengalami perlambatan terutama disebabkan oleh ketidakpastian pemulihan ekonomi dan keuangan di Uni Eropa dan Amerika Serikat (AS).
Sumber : OKEZONE.COM
Indonesia Central Bank Pauses Interest-Rate Cuts to Assess Inflation Risk
By Novrida Manurung and Widya Utami – Dec 8, 2011
Indonesia’s central bank kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged, pausing after cutting borrowing costs in the previous two meetings to assess the inflation risk as the rupiah falls.
Governor Darmin Nasution and his board kept the reference rate at 6 percent, Bank Indonesia said in a statement in Jakarta today. The decision was predicted by 17 of 22 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News, with the rest predicting a quarter- percentage-point cut.
The nation’s currency has slumped more than 5 percent in the past three months, the third-worst performer in Asia, threatening to push up imported inflation even as the protracted European debt crisis hurts global growth. New Zealand and South Korea also kept rates unchanged today, as the region’s policy makers juggle the need to guard against price gains with increasing pressure to protect their economies.
“With higher inflation expectations next year and to guard the rupiah, I think it’s fair to hold the interest rate,” Juniman, chief economist at PT Bank Internasional Indonesia in Jakarta, said before the decision. “It’s not easy for BI to save the rupiah after they cut rates in the past two months amid turmoil in Europe.”
The rupiah was little changed at 9,075 a dollar as of 1 p.m. in Jakarta, according to prices from local banks compiled by Bloomberg.
Bank Indonesia plans to boost “intervention” in the market to prevent the rupiah becoming “too weak,” Nasution said Nov. 30, a day after the currency reached a 17-month low.
Asian nations have either refrained from further rate increases or reduced borrowing costs to shield their economies from the threat of another global recession.
New Zealand and South Korea followed similar decisions by Malaysia and the Philippines to keep rates unchanged in recent weeks, while Thailand on Nov. 30 cut rates for the first time in more than two years. Australia this week made its first back-to- back rate reductions since 2009, and China has reduced lenders’ reserve requirements for the first time since 2008.
In Indonesia, the central bank predicted earlier this month inflation may accelerate to as much as 5 percent next year, even after it said in November gross domestic product will expand 6.3 percent next year, less than its previous forecast of 6.7 percent. Bank Indonesia expects economic growth this year of 6.5 percent.
The global slowdown may hurt demand for credit in Indonesia, said Jahja Setiaatmadja, president director of PT Bank Central Asia in Jakarta. The lender expects lending growth of 22 percent in 2012, from an estimated increase of as much as 30 percent this year, Setiaatmadja yesterday.