Indonesia’s Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati stated on Monday that they are in the process of formulating policy measures with the objectives of maintaining low inflation, safeguarding the public’s ability to make purchases, and promoting economic growth. Indonesia is formulating sets of policies with the objectives of maintaining low inflation, safeguarding the public’s ability to make purchases, and bolstering economic growth.
Following a meeting with President Joko Widodo, central bank Governor Perry Warjiyo, and other financial regulatory authorities, Indrawati also mentioned that regulators will be conducting stress tests for the financial sector to ensure its stability during a period of increased market volatility.
She further explained that they had conveyed to the President their commitment to taking measures to safeguard the economy by maintaining control over inflation, ensuring stability in the exchange rate, and stabilizing the financial system.
Indrawati also noted that steps will be taken to safeguard people’s ability to make purchases in response to the effects of the El Nino weather pattern. However, she did not elaborate on the specific details.
A significant part of Indonesia has been grappling with drought conditions in recent months, which has negatively impacted agricultural yields. This year’s dry season is anticipated to be the most severe since 2019, in part due to the re-emergence of the El Niño phenomenon.
In response to the impact of the El Nino weather pattern, measures will be taken to preserve people’s purchasing power, though specific details were not provided.
Although the country’s headline inflation remains low, the prices of essential food items like rice, chili, and sugar have been on the rise. Simultaneously, the national currency has been gradually depreciating over several weeks, reflecting investors’ aversion to risky assets amid U.S. monetary policy tightening and escalating tensions in the Middle East.
To counter the rupiah’s decline, the Indonesian central bank unexpectedly raised interest rates last week. Some economists suggest that further rate hikes may be necessary if the currency continues to depreciate.