Foreign reserves rise to US$123.1 billion in April

Foreign reserves rise to US$123.1 billion in April

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Jakarta —  Capital inflows increased Indonesia’s foreign exchange reserves to US$123.1 billion in April, the highest level since 2015. The increase in April was mainly supported by foreign exchange earnings, including from the repatriated funds in the government’s tax amnesty, oil and gas export proceeds as well as Bank Indonesia’s (BI) auction of foreign exchange securities (SBBI), the central bank said in a statement on Monday (08/05). “BI considers that the foreign exchange reserves are able to support the country’s external side and maintain sustainability of economic growth going forward,” it wrote. The amount of foreign reserves in April was sufficient to pay for about nine months of imports and repay the government’s foreign debts and BI’s matured exchange securities. Indonesia has continued to see rising capital inflows since earlier this year. Capital inflows reached roughly Rp 96 trillion (US$7.2 billion) as of April 21, higher than Rp 76 trillion for the same period last year, BI governor Agus Martowardojo said recently. The inflows helped the rupiah to appreciate against the greenback by about 1.1 percent year-to-date-to Rp 13,326 per US dollar in the first quarter of this year, BI data shows.

Source: thejakartapost

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