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RVAlready:  Sure hope they approve the budget tomorrow. Not much time left

AWN92:  Wait a minute…..isn’t Friday their holy day? I thought nothing was done on Friday

JSL:  It starts Friday in the evening, into Saturday in the evening, they can do business most of the day on Friday…. Sunday is their Monday compared to us

CharlieOK:  Keep your eyes and ears open (attentive). Iraq voting on this or that means nothing until the ptb are ready to gcr. A miracle will happen. It will happen simultaneously. That way “everyone’s right”.

AJ:  Tweet from Abadi…. The reduction in the exchange rate of the dinar has negatively affected citizens, especially those with limited income. With the significant increase in oil prices during the past month, I call on the House of Representatives to stand with the citizens and reconsider the exchange rate of the dinar in order to control inflation

Tishwash:  To support its counterpart in Iraq and the Kurdistan Shura Council .. The State Council participates in the World Bank meeting

Through “video conference” technology, the Egyptian State Council participated in the meeting held by the World Bank in Washington with the President of the State Council in Iraq and the Speaker of the Shura Council of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

The Secretary General of the State Council said in a statement issued a short while ago that the Council received a request from World Bank officials in Washington to provide technical assistance in the project that the bank is implementing for the benefit of both the Iraqi Council of State and the Shura Council of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq to help build capacities within the two institutions, enhance their work, and assist them in developing Themselves in the Iraqi institutional scene.

The State Council statement added that this meeting is an initial step in a series of meetings scheduled to be held with the participation of the Council and the French State Council to present experiences to their colleagues in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan.

This meeting, in which Counselor Muhammad Raslan, Vice President of the State Council, participated, discussed the governing laws and texts regulating the work of the Egyptian State Council, and an explanation of its general structure, specializations, mandate and tasks.

And how to distribute these tasks and discussions related to judicial functions in it, and the meeting included answering the inquiries of Iraqi judges about some points related to these topics, and it is scheduled to hold several subsequent meetings to discuss some other issues related to the legislation section and how to draft the legislation.  link


Harambe:  Bloomberg: Bank Indonesia Holds Rate, Pledges More Support for Rupiah


Indonesia’s central bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged and pledged to do more to support a currency that has weakened as U.S. yields rise.

Bank Indonesia kept the seven-day reverse repurchase rate at 3.5% on Thursday, as predicted by all 28 economists surveyed by Bloomberg. Governor Perry Warjiyo and his board have cut the rate by 150 basis points since the beginning of last year to bolter the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday’s decision “is not a surprise at all, given the unsettled global yield environment,” said Wellian Wiranto, an economist at Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. in Singapore. After taking rates to a record low last month and easing lending standards, “there’s a sense that it will get increasingly hard for BI to find more rabbits to pull out of its hat.”

The rupiah ended three days of losses Thursday, adding 0.1%, while the country’s benchmark stock index rose 1.1%.

Thursday’s decision comes with currency concerns back in play as a rise in U.S. Treasury yields has sparked a sell-off in emerging markets. Indonesian sovereign bonds had seen $1.5 billion of outflows this year through Monday and the rupiah has fallen 2.7% against the dollar over the past month, prompting the central bank to intervene in markets — efforts it pledged to continue Thursday.

“The rupiah was certainly a key factor toward today’s hold decision, but we believe BI still remains relatively more dovish compared to other EM central banks,” said Charu Chanana, lead Asia economist at Continuum Economics in Singapore. “Indonesia’s economic growth is still fragile, and threats to the central bank’s independence will likely keep the central bank on a dovish path for some more time.”

Limited Space

Warjiyo, who wants to maintain an interest-rate differential with other countries to attract foreign funds, has said room for further cuts is limited. The latest draft of an omnibus bill, which would more closely align the central bank’s mandate with government priorities and formalize its direct funding of government bonds, has concerned markets, though less so than when reforms were first mooted last year.

Warjiyo skipped a question on the omnibus bill during Thursday’s briefing.

“Bank Indonesia has made clear that its focus has shifted firmly toward defending the rupiah amid growing outflows. But it also continues to engage in substantial primary market bond purchases this year,” which could complicate its currency policy goals, said Joseph Incalcaterra, chief Asean economist at HSBC Holdings Plc in Hong Kong. “BI will have to walk a fine line in coming months if global yields continue to rise.”

What Bloomberg Economics Says…

“While Indonesia’s growth outlook is improving, still-sluggish domestic demand would in theory keep the door open for more rate cuts this cycle. In practice, though, we are anticipating a policy U-turn by year-end, which we expect will be needed to provide more fundamental support for the rupiah, beyond the repeated intervention currently.”

— Tamara Mast Henderson, Asean economist.

The central bank and government have stepped up measures — such as easing rules on mortgage and vehicle loans, cutting the tax on car sales and boosting the stimulus budget — as they try to meet an economic growth target around 5% this year. Surveys have shown consumer confidence and spending recovering, and the vaccine rollout is expected to further boost activity.

Easing price pressures have allowed Bank Indonesia to keep policy loose. Still, the shifting global environment means February’s rate cut may be the last for a while, with the central bank relying on macroprudential measures instead.

“Warjiyo has run out of cuts for now. A few short weeks removed from easing, the landscape has changed significantly,” said Nicholas Mapa, a senior economist at ING Bank in Manila. “It looks like Warjiyo will be looking to push bank lending, but he won’t be using his policy tool to do that.”

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