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Indonesia's Widodo proposes $186 billion 2021 budget, 5.5% of GDP deficit

Indonesia's Widodo proposes $186 billion 2021 budget, 5.5% of GDP deficit

8/14/2020 2:30:00 PM

Indonesia 's Widodo proposes $186 billion 2021 budget, 5.5% of GDP deficit

Indonesia n President Joko Widodo on Friday proposed to parliament a 2,747.5 trillion rupiah ($186.08 billion) budget for 2021 and pledged to continue efforts to support the economy amid uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

The proposal assumes a budget deficit of 5.5% of GDP, smaller than the 6.34% expected in 2020.“The 2021 state budget bill is designed to accelerate economic recovery nationwide amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Widodo said in his annual budget speech to parliament, ahead of the country’s independence celebrations on Aug. 17.

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