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Prolonged pandemic could derail Indonesia’s recovery, ADB, economists warn

  • Yunindita Prasidya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, September 17, 2020   /  01:31 pm
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Residents shop at Tanah Abang Skybridge in Central Jakarta on Sept. 13. In a recently published report, titled Asian Development Outlook 2020 Update, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) stated that continued disruption from the coronavirus “will have severe implications for growth” for Indonesia, with domestic demand and export prospects dampened as a consequence.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

A prolonged pandemic could potentially harm Indonesia’s economic recovery as the continued rise in COVID-19 cases in the country adds uncertainty, resulting in a weak economic indicator outlook, economists have said.  In a recently published report, titled Asian Development Outlook 2020 Update, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) stated that continued disruption from the coronavirus “will have severe implications for growth” for Indonesia, with domestic demand and export prospects dampened as a consequence. “The main risk for the outlook of Indonesia, and also the [Asian] region, stems from the possibility of a prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, which could potentially derail the recovery process,” ADB’s country economist for Indonesia Emma Allen said during a webinar held by the development bank on Tuesday.  As of Wednesday, Indonesia had re...