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Finance Minister Forecast Indonesia’s Economic Growth at 8.3 Percent in Q2 due to Seasonal Factors

May 24, 2021, 07.14 PM

JAKARTA, – Indonesia’s economic growth is expected to reach 8.3 percent in the second quarter of 2021, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Monday, May 24.

The projection surpassed the previous estimate between 6.9 percent and 7.8 percent and would rise significantly from the recent growth rate which contracted 0.74 in the first quarter of 2021.

“We estimate [the economic growth] in the second quarter will stand between 7.1 percent and 8.3 percent,” said Sri Mulyani during an online working meeting with House of Representatives Commission XI overseeing financial affairs at the parliament building in Jakarta.

She also projected that the household consumption in the second quarter will grow between six percent and 6.8 percent caused by a seasonal factor of an increase in mobility of the people in April and May during the fasting month of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr celebrations.

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Meanwhile, the government consumption will stand from 8.1 percent to 9.7 percent and the investment is expected to reach between 9.4 percent and 11.1 percent.

“Indonesia’s export value hit more than 50 percent in April as we estimated the realization of the exports from all quarters would reach between 14.9 to 19.7 percent, while the import would grow from 13 to 19.7 percent,” the minister said.

Sri Mulyani explained that apart from the seasonal factor during the previous fasting month and Eid al-Fitr celebrations, the people consumption also rose. The consumer index recorded above 100 or higher than its previous position in April 2020.

Retail sales rose about 9.8 percent in April, which came from the food and beverage sector after it grew 266.7 percent. However, household appliances, clothing, and recreation sector were still recovering.

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“Household appliances are not too strong, but they show an even distribution of recovery,” said Sri Mulyani.

Another indicator of increasing consumption came from electricity consumption at the business level, which stood at the positive zone after more than 12 months in the red zone. In total, electricity consumption growth reached 6.3 percent with growth at the industrial level reaching 20.3 percent.

With more activities took place in the commercial buildings, the use of household electricity decreased by -5.6 percent.

Meanwhile, non-oil and gas manufactured exports grew 52.7 percent, non-oil and gas agriculture 19.8 percent, non-oil and gas mining 47.2 percent, and oil and gas exports grew by 69.6 percent.

“The export sector of both non-oil and non-oil and gas-based commodities are accelerating. The overall economic growth for this year may still be modest, but we hope that in the third quarter and fourth quarter it will still be accelerated,” she said.

(Writer: Fika Nurul Ulya | Editor: Yoga Sukmana)



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