Bank Indonesia Reports Decline in Foreign Exchange Reserves, Assures Adequate Levels for Economic Stability

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Bank Indonesia (BI) has released a report stating that Indonesia’s foreign exchange reserves reached a value of US$137.5 billion in June 2023, indicating a slight decrease compared to the previous month’s position of US$139.3 billion.

Erwin Haryono, the Head of Communication Department at BI, highlighted that the decline in foreign exchange reserves during June 2023 was primarily driven by the government’s repayment of foreign debts.

He emphasized this by stating, “The decrease in foreign exchange reserves is attributed, among other factors, to the repayment of the government’s foreign debts.” This repayment played a significant role in influencing the overall reserve position.

Erwin further emphasized that the current level of reserves is equivalent to financing approximately 6.1 months of imports or 6.0 months of imports and the repayment of the government’s foreign debts. This highlights the substantial financial capacity that the reserves hold, enabling the country to manage its external obligations effectively.

Despite the slight decline, it is worth noting that Indonesia’s reserves in June 2023 continue to exceed the international adequacy standard, which suggests a robust financial position. The international standard considers a reserve level of around 3 months of imports to be sufficient for maintaining economic stability.

Bank Indonesia assesses that the current foreign exchange reserves will play a crucial role in supporting the country’s external sector’s resilience and ensuring the stability of macroeconomic and financial systems.

Erwin stated, “Looking ahead, Bank Indonesia expects the foreign exchange reserves to remain at an adequate level, supported by sustained stability and positive economic prospects. This is in line with the comprehensive policy measures implemented to preserve macroeconomic stability and strengthen the financial system, fostering sustainable economic growth.”

The report emphasizes the importance of reserves as a vital financial buffer for Indonesia, allowing the country to navigate potential economic challenges and uncertainties effectively.

It showcases the government’s commitment to maintaining a stable economic environment and its proactive approach to safeguarding the nation’s financial well-being.