Indonesia: Moody’s raises credit rating
Moody’s upgraded Indonesia’s credit rating in April 2018 due to increased confidence the government will maintain its recent track record of responsibly managing the national budget and interest rate policy.
In a boost for President Joko Widodo’s ambitious plans to carpet Indonesia with modern roads, ports, rail and airports, Moody’s Investors Service said state-owned enterprises taking on more debt to fund those projects does not pose a “significant risk.”
The upgrade raised Indonesia’s sovereign credit rating to Baa2 from the lowest investment grade rating.
Citing improved economic management and the central bank’s focus on controlling inflation, Moody’s said “these policies and larger financial reserves are strengthening Indonesia’s capacity to respond to shocks.”
A higher credit rating can reduce the cost of borrowing overseas and encourage foreign investment.
Indonesia, with a population of more than 260 million, is Southeast Asia’s largest economy but still faces challenges to improve the health and education of its population and transparency of its government. The Associated Press