Development and shortcomings of Indonesia’s financial sector

Authored by: Iwan J. Azis

Routledge Handbook of Banking and Finance in Asia

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138685406
eBook ISBN: 9781315543222
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Nothing is surprising when, after going through a major financial crisis like in 1997, efforts have been made to strengthen the financial sector. This has always happened in all crisis-affected countries. Being one of them, Indonesia is no exception. In several areas since the crisis, the country’s financial sector has made some improvements. Yet a combination of side effects of a liberalized system, misguided policy, and failure to diversify especially during the period of strong growth and ample liquidity still makes the country vulnerable to external shocks. Boundless complacency prevails due to weaknesses and policy. While the sector has grown steadily, supported by improvements in the regulatory and supervisory work, shortcomings remain.

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