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Managing Indonesia's Debt


  • Tubagus Feridhanusetyawan

    (Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) jl. Tanah Abang III no. 23-27 Jakarta 10160 Indonesia)

  • Mari Pangestu

    (Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) jl. Tanah Abang III no. 23-27 Jakarta 10160 Indonesia)


This paper investigates how Indonesia should manage its massive debt burden arising from the Asian financial crisis, which led to increased external debt and, more significantly, increased domestic debt related to the country's bank restructuring program. Indonesia's enormous outstanding debt puts pressure on the balance of payments, causes severe budget constraints, and creates a huge future debt burden that brings with it the risks of illiquidity and default. The following measures are recommended for an effective debt management program: encourage rapid growth and ensure macroeconomic stability; minimize future contingent liability; increase domestic revenues by broadening the tax base and intensifying tax collection; seek better Paris Club rescheduling terms, obtain more concessional terms for new borrowing, and explore debt swaps; develop and regulate the government bond market; create a well-managed coordinated unit for debt management; and create the necessary legal foundations to protect investors. Copyright (c) 2004 The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Massachusetts.

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  • Tubagus Feridhanusetyawan & Mari Pangestu, 2003. "Managing Indonesia's Debt," Asian Economic Papers, MIT Press, vol. 2(3), pages 128-154.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:asiaec:v:2:y:2003:i:3:p:128-154

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    1. World Bank, 2014. "Indonesia - Avoiding the Trap : Development Policy Review 2014," World Bank Other Operational Studies 19326, The World Bank.
    2. World Bank, 2014. "Indonesia : Avoiding the Trap," World Bank Other Operational Studies 18944, The World Bank.

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