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Jakarta (VNA) – Indonesia's economy continued to shrink at 0.74 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2021, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) head Suhariyanto.

The growth rate was still in the negative territory but showed an improving trend, compared to contractions of 2.19 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, 3.49 percent in 2020’s Q3 and 5.32 percent in the second quarter of 2020.

He said that structurally 64.56 percent of Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the first trimester of this year came from five main sectors, namely industry, agriculture, trade, construction, and mining.

Suhariyanto forecast the economic growth will be positive in the remaining quarters of this year.

On May 6, Secretary of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Susiwijono Moegiarso said the government plans to relax value-added tax (VAT) and income tax (PPh) for enterprises in a bid to boost domestic consumption and retail market and support the economic recovery./.