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BI says rupiah unlikely to strengthen past 11,600 in 2014

Bank Indonesia (BI) has predicted the rupiah would be traded between 11,600 and 11,800 per US dollar throughout the 2014 fiscal year.

BI Governor Agus Martowardojo said that the assumed range was based on pressures in the country's current account.

"Deficit in the current account is strongly related to the rupiah rate against the US dollar," Agus said in Jakarta on Tuesday on the sidelines of a hearing at the House of Representatives as quoted by

He said that Indonesia's current-account deficit reached US$29.09 billion last year or equal to 3.33 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

In addition to that, the central bank data showed the current account suffered a deficit of $4.19 billion in the first quarter of 2014, or 2.06 percent of GDP.

With this condition, he said that the government had to change the rupiah trading assumption in the 2014 state budget of Rp 10,500 per dollar.

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