blog.indahnesia.com - Discover Indonesia Online

    
You are currently in > Just a blog about Indonesia > House askes SBY to mull fuel hike


House askes SBY to mull fuel hike JAKARTA - The incoming government should consider raising fuel prices at home later this year in a bid to cut losses caused by the burgeoning cost of the nation's fuel subsidy that could cripple state finances, the House of Representatives state budget commission said. The recommendation emerged during a meeting late on Wednesday between the commission and Minister of Finance Boediono to conclude the revision of the 2004 state budget.
The revised state budget allocated a whopping Rp 59.2 trillion (about US$6.55 billion), a 307 percent increase from Rp 14.5 trillion earmarked in the original state budget, to cover the fuel subsidy, which has inflated due to the current surge in crude oil prices. The revised budget assumed an oil price average of $36 per barrel for this year, compared to the $22 per barrel rate previously assumed. Currently oil prices are at around $45 a barrel. The new subsidy, however, was slightly lower than the Rp 63 trillion figure proposed by the government in August when it first started budget revisions.
The commission said in order to reduce the cost of the subsidy from Rp 63 trillion to Rp 59.2 trillion, the government should consider three options: Raising fuel prices starting in November, reducing domestic fuel consumption volumes, and launching tough efficiency measures. The meeting had not finished at 10.30 p.m.
The fuel subsidy maintains fuel prices at home at low levels by international standards, keeping fuel and transportation costs affordable for the country's poor. Cheap gasoline and kerosene, however, also encourages people to consume greater amounts of fuel, cutting back the margins that can be exported overseas. High oil prices have raised concerns over the impact of the huge subsidy on the state budget and the overall economy.
Some analysts have suggested the government start cutting down the subsidy and raise fuel prices to avoid a possible fiscal disaster, and also target the subsidy to the poor. At present both rich and poor can take advantage of cheap fuel prices and some subsidized fuel products are also smuggled to neighboring countries. The subsidy's critics say the huge subsidy fund would be better allocated for financing economic development programs.
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who is widely expected to become the next president on Oct. 20, has said during his election campaign he would have no option than to cut back on the subsidy if oil prices remained stubbornly high. He also vowed to ensure that such policies would not have a severe impact on low income people. It remains unclear whether Susilo's new government and new lawmakers in the House of Representatives would agree to the recommendations of the current budget committee.
Meanwhile, the budget commission earlier in the day completed debates on the 2005 state budget draft, including allocation for the fuel subsidy, which has been earmarked at Rp 19 trillion. The amount of allocated for the subsidy, much less than earmarked for this year, was based on assumptions that oil prices would fall to around $24 a barrel next year. Many critics have said this assumption is unrealistic because crude prices have been averaging at about $45 a barrel during the past couple of months. The new government and lawmakers are also expected to revise this budget.



Posted in Politics @ 23 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






There are no reactions on this blog entry yet. Be the first one to give a reaction here!


Log in to write a reaction

You are not logged in to the website. You have to be logged in to write a reaction on this blog entry.

· If you already have an account, please login.
· If you have lost your password, please retrieve it.
· If you don't have an account yet, you can create one.

    
 ABOUT THIS ENTRY
Add this blog entry to your email, your own blog, MySpace, Facebook, or whatsoever via AddThis:
Bookmark and Share

e-mail updates for this blog article

Login if you want to receive emails for reactions on this blog entry. You will receive an update as soon as a reaction on this blog entry is posted.

Your website for tickets in Indonesia!
Looking for e-tickets for flights in Indonesia? Here's your solution! Order your e-tickets at ticketindonesia.info.
 FOLLOW US ON TWITTER
 BLOG ARCHIVE
· 2015, 28 entries
· 2014, 591 entries
· 2013, 750 entries
· 2012, 1061 entries
· 2011, 792 entries
· 2010, 644 entries
· 2009, 916 entries
· 2008, 504 entries
· 2007, 725 entries
· 2006, 1014 entries
· 2005, 723 entries
· 2004, 558 entries
· 2003, 525 entries
· 2002, 375 entries
· 2001, 162 entries
 POPULAR TAGS
· gigolo
· jakarta
· blogger
Automatically generated every hour
 BLOG CATEGORIES
· General (1205 entries)
· Economy (643 entries)
· Politics (574 entries)
· Accidents (561 entries)
· Terrorism (541 entries)
· Earthquake (539 entries)
· Volcanoes (387 entries)
· Crime (357 entries)
· Corruption (349 entries)
· Flooding (278 entries)
· Elections (276 entries)
· Travel (268 entries)
· Bird Flu (254 entries)
· Religion (242 entries)
· Tourism (239 entries)
· Oddly enough ... (219 entries)
· Violence (198 entries)
· Drugs (196 entries)
· Health (192 entries)
· Aceh conflict (191 entries)
· Environment (185 entries)
· Weather (171 entries)
· Military (168 entries)
· Protests (157 entries)
· Culture (106 entries)
· Garuda Indonesia (91 entries)
· C. Sulawesi conflict (86 entries)
· Human rights (82 entries)
· Forest fires (78 entries)
· Sidoarjo mudflow (71 entries)
· Power supply (64 entries)
· Ramadan (63 entries)
· PT Freeport (55 entries)
· Picture guess (48 entries)
· Maluku conflict (47 entries)
· Dengue Fever (37 entries)
· History (37 entries)
· Infrastructure (36 entries)
· Polio (35 entries)
· Mexican flu (35 entries)
· Website (25 entries)
· Media (22 entries)
· Nuclear power (21 entries)
· Sports (20 entries)
· Sexy (16 entries)
· SARS (15 entries)
· Nightlife (10 entries)
· Others (5 entries)
· Lippo Cikarang (5 entries)
· Close smallest categories
 EXCHANGE RATES
EUR-IDR: 16,590 · 16,620  The Rupiah rate declined since yesterday
@ 17 May 2018 18:12 CET
JPY-IDR: 126.83 · 126.95  The Rupiah rate improved since yesterday
@ 17 May 2018 21:58 CET
MYR-IDR: 3,545 · 3,549  The Rupiah rate declined since yesterday
@ 15 May 2018 08:42 CET
SGD-IDR: 10,479 · 10,501  The Rupiah rate declined since yesterday
@ 07 May 2018 07:48 CET
THB-IDR: 439.14 · 439.41  The Rupiah rate declined since yesterday
@ 16 May 2018 09:18 CET
USD-IDR: 14,097 · 14,157  The Rupiah rate declined since yesterday
@ 17 May 2018 00:46 CET
Go to 'exchange rates' 
 MOST RECENT REACTIONS
·  At 19 October 2015 17:17 imambudianto5 reacted on Bank Indonesia maintains benchmark interest rate at 7.75%
·  At 04 March 2015 19:18 merdekaSah reacted on Alleged terrorists shot dead three villagers in Poso
·  At 04 March 2015 13:11 Yogya-Bali reacted on Alleged terrorists shot dead three villagers in Poso
·  At 26 February 2015 13:02 Irena reacted on Sexy, a young woman with candy
·  At 08 May 2014 09:51 jstar reacted on No alcohol should be sold in warung
·  At 01 May 2014 10:07 jstar reacted on Indonesia to be among the top 10 peacekeeping contributors
·  At 27 March 2014 05:50 harlys reacted on PPP leader voices concern over Islamic parties' future
·  At 10 March 2014 06:11 Yogya-Bali reacted on Sriwijaya Air leaves behind 200 passengers at airport
·  At 09 March 2014 00:11 Yerun reacted on Sriwijaya Air leaves behind 200 passengers at airport
·  At 08 March 2014 20:33 nicknick reacted on Sriwijaya Air leaves behind 200 passengers at airport
·  At 18 February 2014 04:17 Yerun reacted on Ash from Mount Kelud eruption spreads over all of Java
·  At 16 February 2014 05:41 Amed East Bali reacted on Ash from Mount Kelud eruption spreads over all of Java
·  At 14 February 2014 22:27 Anne Mieke reacted on Asylum seekers in Medan wish to be sent to Australia
·  At 14 February 2014 22:22 beritaislam reacted on Asylum seekers in Medan wish to be sent to Australia
·  At 16 January 2014 15:37 Anne Mieke reacted on Landslides cut off Tomohon-Manado road
·  At 16 January 2014 15:21 Yerun reacted on Landslides cut off Tomohon-Manado road
·  At 16 January 2014 15:05 Anne Mieke reacted on Landslides cut off Tomohon-Manado road
·  At 16 January 2014 14:48 Yerun reacted on Landslides cut off Tomohon-Manado road
·  At 16 January 2014 14:41 Yerun reacted on Landslides cut off Tomohon-Manado road
·  At 16 January 2014 14:29 Anne Mieke reacted on Landslides cut off Tomohon-Manado road
Go to 'forum topics' 

Created by indahnesia.com · feedback & contact · © 2000-2018
Other websites by indahnesia.com: ticketindonesia.info · kamus-online.com · indonesiepagina.nl · suvono.nl

Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional 102,695,346 pageviews Discover Indonesia Online at indahnesia.com