Indonesia: BI to buy up to USD30.5bn of bonds directly from govt

  • Indonesia’s central bank and the finance ministry have signed an agreement to allow Bank Indonesia to directly buy sovereign bonds worth up to IDR439tr (USD30.46bn) in 2021 and 2022.
  • The proceeds, up to IDR215tr for 2021 and IDR224tr in 2022, will be used to fund the government’s vaccination campaign and other COVID-19 relief measures, it reported.
  • Bank Indonesia will relinquish interest payments for bonds worth IDR58tr in 2021 and IDR40tr in 2022, but the rest of the notes will carry a floating interest rate equal to the central bank’s three-month reverse repo rate.

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