Indonesia: Falling oil prices put pressure on state budget hinh anh 1Head of the fiscal policy agency at the Indonesian Ministry of Finance Febrio Nathan Kacaribu (R) (Photo:

Jakarta (VNA) –  Changes in the Indonesia Crude Price (ICP) will have an impact on the State budget deficit of the country in 2020, according to the Indonesian Ministry of Finance.


Head of the fiscal policy agency at the ministry Febrio Nathan Kacaribu said in a statement that if the oil prices continue to decline and the ICP drops to 30.9 USD per barrel, the deficit of Indonesia is estimated to increase by 12.2 trillion Rp (787.1 million USD).

According to the official, the Indonesian government continues to monitor anticipatory policies through evaluating non-productive spending, and taking mitigation measures to maintain fiscal sustainability and economic growth.

The world crude oil prices have declined since the beginning of the year due to the global economic activity affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Responding to the oil price development, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) of Indonesia claimed it was monitoring the situation and the impact on the country’ energy sectors.

The ICP is still one of the cheapest in Southeast Asia and several other countries in the world, MEMR said.

Indonesia's budget revenue is expected to reach 1.76 quadrillion Rp in 2020, lower than the previous target of 2.23 quadrillion Rp. Meanwhile, budget spending soared to 2.61 quadrillion Rp from 2.54 quadrillion Rp previously. Recently, the Indonesian government also raised the budget deficit in 2020 from less than 3 percent of GDP to 5.07 percent./.