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World Bank holds Indonesia’s GDP growth forecast for 2021

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, March 28, 2021   /  08:30 am
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A stage director looks on at the IMF/World Bank Annual Fall Meetings Plenary Session in Washington, DC, on Oct. 18, 2019. (AFP/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds)

The World Bank has maintained its forecast for Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth for this year as the country lags behind some Asian economies in containing COVID-19 and in trading manufactured goods. In its March outlook, the Washington-based lender projects Indonesia’s GDP to grow 4.4 percent this year, an unchanged figure from its December outlook.  The forecast stands at the same level as the average growth expected for the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region, excluding China and Vietnam. “Indonesia chose not to fight hard the disease by hurting livelihoods,” World Bank EAP chief economist Aaditya Mattoo told The Jakarta Post in a video interview on Thursday.  “In a way, it had a more accommodative approach to the disease, which made the economic distress in the short run less a shock than in the Philippines, b...