World Economic Situation and Prospects 2009

January 7, 2009 by airianto  
Filed under Business, Perspective

World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) is a joint product of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the five United Nations regional commissions.

It provides an overview of recent global economic performance and short-term prospects for the world economy and of some key global economic policy and development issues. One of its purposes is to serve as a point of reference for discussions on economic, social and related issues taking place in various United Nations entities during the year.

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Optimisme di Tengah Kegelisahan

January 6, 2009 by airianto  
Filed under Business, Perspective

Masih ingat komentar para pakar ekonomi pada pertengahan 1998? ”Indonesia akan bangkrut.” Kira-kira semacam itulah nadanya. Wajar, karena ekonomi tercabik-cabik, dolar bergerak liar, sembako langka dan mahal, inflasi 75 persen, bunga bank 70 persen, belum lagi dukungan terhadap pemerintah yang tipis.

Betulkah Indonesia bangkrut? Ternyata tidak. Pertumbuhan ekonomi yang minus 13,6 persen pada 1998 sudah kembali positif pada 1999, meski baru 0,62 persen. Kurs rupiah yang pernah menyentuh Rp 16.000 per dolar turun separuhnya menjadi sekitar Rp 8.000.

Bahwa perekonomian masih sulit, utang luar negeri membengkak, jumlah masyarakat miskin bertambah banyak, pengangguran berlipat, betul, tapi perekonomian masih tetap jalan. Setidaknya: tidak bangkrut!

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