Although suffering some ill effects from the continuing economic crisis in Europe, Bali’s economy is expected to grow in 2013.
As reported by Bisnis Bali, the Island’s economy is expected grow by 6.6 to 7.1 percent next year. Experts anticipate inflation for the year will stand at 5.5 percent, plus or minus 1 percent.
The head of the Bali branch of Bank Indonesia, Dwi Pranoto, urged optimism, saying the positive projections are not without foundation. Indonesia’s growing middle class, policy steps underway to reduce global threats to the nation’s economy, and the relative stability of Bali’s tourism-drive economy will all boost growth, he explained.
Tourist arrivals to Bali are expected to suffer minimum impact from Europe’s economic woes, insulated in part by the island’s MICE industry (meeting, incentive, conference and exhibition) and several major events planned for Bali in 2013.
Through the end of Q3 2012 Bali’s economy grew 6.79 percent year-on-year and is expected to end the year at a 6.6 percent level. Bali’s growth continues to outpace Indonesia’s growth rate of 6.3 percent.
Meanwhile, inflation in Bali hovers at around 4.6 percent for the current year.
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