Indonesia's central bank kept interest rates unchanged

on December 03 2009 1:10 AM

Indonesia's Central Bank decided to keep interest rates steady at 6.50% for the fourth straight month meeting expectations. This came as inflation rate unexpectedly slowed to the lowest in a decade reaching 2.41% in November, which is giving monetary policy makers a chance to keep borrowing costs unchanged.

The economy expanded an annual 4.2% in the quarter ended September and the central bank expects economic growth to accelerate in the fourth quarter. As for inflation, The Coordinating Minister for the Economy said it may climb not more than 5% next year.

However, the central bank expected gross domestic product to expand between 4.0% and 4.5% this year compared with earlier forecasts of 3.5% to 4.0%, while the Finance Minister expected economic growth to accelerate to 5.5% in 2010.

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