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LENDING & CREDIT | Cesar Tordesillas, Indonesia
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Indonesia expects slower lending growth

A slowdown in exports and a new lending rules will hobble lending growth by Indonesia's commercial banks in the second half of the year.

 

From June 15, financial regulators have enforced a minimum down payment of 30 percent for home purchases. People buying cars will be required to provide a 25 percent down payment if funded by a finance company and 30 percent if funded by a bank.

Previous down payments were as low as 10 percent. Regulators imposed the new rules to try to curb excessive lending.

“The regulation will definitely have a negative impact on consumption lending, but on the other hand, it will improve the quality of the credit,” said Deputy governor of Bank Indonesia Halim Alamsyah.

Another factor that impacted lending growth was a decrease in exports, according to Halim. “However, export loans were relatively few, only around Rp 350 trillion [in total] as of March, while total lending already amounted to Rp 2.3 trillion in the same period,” he added.

In the future, the central bank will try to maintain the regulation to ensure few non-performing loans are issued.

He said lending was on the rise. Credit for investments reportedly saw the highest increases.

“Normally, an increase in lending will be followed [by non-performing loans], therefore we should remain cautious and not relax our standards,” Halim added.

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