On June 24, Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance announced that it will disburse Rp 30 trillion for four of the country’s state-owned banks - Bank BNI, Bank BRI, Bank Mandiri, and Bank Tabungan Negara.
At the time, Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Erick Thohir said the fund allotment is proof of the government’s trust in state-owned enterprises.
One-third of the national economy is driven by Indonesia’s state-owned enterprises including state-owned banks.
Erick further explained how the fresh funds will be prioritized for Indonesian SMEs in villages and cities to get back on their feet.
Erick said the Rp 30 trillion is hoped to revive the national economy after it was severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We will ask the banks for the details of the Rp 30 trillion and how it was disbursed. We will ask for specific details such as the sector or cluster if it is an SME. We will specifically monitor this,” said Chairman of OJK’s Board of Commissioner Wimboh Santoso during a meeting on June 29.
Despite the large sum, Wimboh has asked that the four banks be cautious in determining which sectors will receive credit.