The Asian financial crisis in 1997 pushed Indonesia to economic collapse a decade ago. Its overextended banking system imploded, spurring high unemployment, severe rioting and, eventually, the fall of the Suharto government. Weathering an even more calamitous global storm now, Indonesia has managed relatively well.
Now, to help it endure the global recession, Indonesia, Asia’s third-most populous nation after China and India, is planning an aggressive economic stimulus, the governor of Indonesia’s central bank said Monday in an interview.
“One of the key actions has to be fiscal stimulus for getting us through this crisis,” Boediono, the governor of Indonesia’s central bank, said
2008 has been a boom year for Indonesia, The energy and mining sector was forecast to book Rp 346 trillion (about 31.2 billion U.S. dollars) in revenue for the state by the end of 2008, up from Rp 225 trillionin 2007. The sector contributes 36 percent to total state revenues, the biggest slice coming from oil and gas companies, which contributed Rp 303 trillion this year.
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