Indonesia cbank says policy aims to ensure inflation controlled, rupiah stable

By Thomson Reuters Jun 13, 2024 | 10:21 PM

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s central bank governor said monetary policy will be consistent to ensure inflation remains under control and the rupiah currency is stable amid global turbulence.

Governor Perry Warjiyo was speaking during a coordinating meeting on inflation with President Joko Widodo on Friday.

“In a condition where there’s still global turbulence, monetary policy will be consistent to maintain stability,” he said.

Warjiyo said that the rupiah exchange rate against dollar remains stable.

The rupiah weakened to fresh four-year lows on Friday morning, and at 0231 GMT was down 0.49% at 16,345 per dollar.

The head of monetary department of Bank Indonesia (BI), Edi Susianto, said the central bank had intervened in the foreign exchange market to maintain confidence and ensure supply and demand. In April, BI delivered a surprise hike in interest rates to support the rupiah. It held rates steady last month as inflation was in check and the rupiah had stabilised.

BI’s board of governors is due to hold a two-day policy meeting next week, starting June 19.

(Reporting by Stefanno Sulaiman and Ananda Teresia; Editing by John Mair)